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Here is the new Bristol!!

Looks like the Bullet which Toby Silverton let us put on an NEC stand some years ago. I see the evocation of Bristol Heritage but not sure the practicality will sell.

The original was a mock up for a 405 drophead/Arnolt replacement which had a Chrysler V8 in with a manual box. I had the privilege of driving it home from the NEC. It was a potent machine but was one for the hardy in November.

The is a piece on the Goodwood website https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/event-coverage/festival-of-speed/2016/6/world-exclusive-in-depth-with-bristols-comeback-model/

Mike

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I-spy

I have just purchased this delightful little I-spy card for the Heritage Trust. Not my usual type of aquisition but, at £2.00, I thought that it was a nice addition to the archive. Spying a 405 was worth 25 points! I wonder how that compared on the scale compared to, say, a Ford Popular.

Who remembers the News Chronicle and the Daily Dispatch?

The 2 images can be found in Gallery. Scroll down on left hand side to Gallery – then to Manage Galleries. Then scroll down to No. 21. – I-spy. Then double-click the word I-spy to see the thumbnails. Double clicking the thumbnails enlarges them.

Dave Dale.

 

 

 

Gentlemen in tweeds

Perhaps some of the many members who wear tweeds may be mildly interested to see this blog. It’s just another take on the Bristol Cars story with some nice pictures.

http://tweedlandthegentlemansclub.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/bristol-cars.html

Dave Dale.

411 vs. Interceptor vs. AM V8 vs. Gordon Keeble

I have acquired a publication for the Heritage Trust, which contains a car comparison article. This interesting, but admittedly purely subjective, treatise compares a Bristol 411 with the Jensen Interceptor, the Aston Martin V8 and a Gordon Keeble.

I shall also include a small section of an article from a 1946 motoring publication which summarises the British High-Performance Cars for 1947. There is a description of the expected delights of both the Frazer – Nash Bristol and the sports Frazer – Nash. ( Not much text here but, since I paid the modest sum of £1.04 for the publication, I feel that it is a worthwhile addition to the Heritage Trust archive ).

I would like to share the articles with any forum member who may be interested. To receive the scanned items as one .pdf attachment and one Word document please email a request to me at bristol@davedale.co.uk / bristol at davedale dot co dot uk. On previous occasions I have had many requests to see items that I have scanned. Please be be patient and be prepared to wait for a reply as it is easier for me to do nothing until all requests have been received and then I can send out the scan to all, as one mass mailing.

Please don’t post your request to this forum. Many thanks.

Dave Dale.

Article from Germany

Members may be interested in a description of the evolution of the post-war Bristol car company from the viewpoint of a German writer, presumably a motoring journalist.

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://www.auto-medienportal.net/artikel/detail/35289&prev=search

Dave Dale.

Heritage Trust meeting Brooklands Sat May 7th

( From Stefan Cembrowicz )

Dear Boda enthusiast,

Just a wee reminder: the BOC Heritage trust is holding its annual lecture day at Brooklands next Saturday afternoon. We have a stunning line-up of speakers starting with Sir Gerry Acher on the history of flying and motor racing at Brooklands, Kenneth Andrén on the Arnolt Bristol story, and John Ure is bringing Peter Mann’s infamous ex Tony Crook Cooper-Bristol 1 1/2 seater for us to hear about and drool over.

Brooklands is a great site, so come early and bring a picnic or enjoy a greaseout in the cafe.(Ok,ok, many healthy options are also available).

Once youve got into Brooklands (£10) We’re asking for a £15 donation for the HT on the door, which will go towards our deconstructed presentation of a 403 for the massive new Bristol Aerospace Centre. This will be the first Bristol in any national Museum.

Please contact Andrew Stevens 0208 673 6565 or Stefan Cembrowicz on 0117 973 1883

400 Farina

For anyone unaware of the 400 Farina to be sold at auction in Monaco on 14th. May, this USA magazine review of might be of interest.

http://autoweek.com/article/auctions/one-first-bristols-ever-heads-auction

Further literature and some very nice photographs are to be found on the RM website

http://www.rmsothebys.com/mc16/monaco/lots/1947-bristol-400-cabriolet-by-pinin-farina/1078691

Dave Dale.

Steering wheels 410

Good evening all,

I am new to BODA and to Bristol ownership and have spent hours trawling through all of the fantastic information available.

I have found an area where I can’t find any information and that is regarding steering wheels on a 410.

will a Rolls Royce wheel fit a 410 spline? I’m lead to believe that the 411 spline will but I can’t find any information regarding if the splines are had same between the 410 and 411.

Thanks in anticipation

Jeremy

 

 

How many survived?

Members may be interested to see the supposed survival rate ( in the UK only ) of the models of Bristols. I don’t know how accurate these figures are. In any case, the numbers are only up until 2014 and only show cars registered with the DVLA. Not mentioned on this website is the fact that these numbers also do not take into account any cars which are neither taxed nor on SORN ( cars which were taken off the road and last taxed before 31 January 1998 do not have to have a SORN if not subsequently put back on the road. There might be a few ‘ barn finds ‘ in this category ). The 402 is not deemed worthy of an entry.

At the bottom left hand side of the page for some of the models is a review, for what it is worth. The review shows a specification sheet and also the numbers produced. Some reviews are combined e.g. 401 and 403, 412 and Beaufighter, 603 and Britannia.

The website also shows the survival rate of many other marques.

http://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/how-many-survived/bristol

Dave Dale.

Brittania

I have acquired an article from an Australian publication, with a resumé of the development of the marque and a fairly detailed appraisal of the Brittania, which may be of interest to Brittania owners and perhaps other members.

I would like to share the article with any forum member who might be interested. To receive the scanned items as one .pdf attachment please email a request to me at bristol@davedale.co.uk / bristol at davedale dot co dot uk. On previous occasions I have had many requests to see items that I have scanned. Please be be patient and be prepared to wait for a reply as it is easier for me to do nothing until all requests have been received and then I can send out the scan to all, as one mass mailing.

Please don’t post your request to this forum. Many thanks.

Dave Dale.