Liquidation of Bristol Cars and the Results of the Online Auction.

There is an update on the results of the online auction on the website of the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust, see

Liquidation of Bristol Cars and the Results of the Online Auction.

“BACK ON THE ROAD – Michael Ware visits a recently restored 1953 Bristol 403”

There is a nice report in the September issue of The Automobile on the restoration of Andy Gibbs’ 403. It is well worth reading!

Update on Bristol Cars auctions

The Heritage Trust Is well supported by a large number of generous backers (thank you to one and all!)  and is determined to salvage all the Heritage archives, drawings and plans, and the many filing cabinets of factory correspondence from the earliest days onwards.

The BOHT also intend to purchase, as a very minimum,  such lots as have been cherry picked from the archive plan-chests. These include: 

  • The artists sketches of early models. 
  • We must keep the group of  small models of prototypes together. 
  • We will ask people who buy photos that we have not  already got if we may have a scan for the archives.
  • We also intend to buy a selection of the body bucks for repair, restoration, conservation and public display . NB starting price in these is £5000 each-  and that’s per end! 

Commission of 18% is payable, and confusing messages about VAT on top have emerged from the liquidators, clarification  is needed. 

If you would like to support us in salvaging this historic material from the sad wreckage of this once great enterprise, please get in touch.

Yours in Bristol

Dr Stefan Cembrowicz, Chair. 

+44 (0)117 9731883

London Evening Standard

Nice article in the London Evening Standard today.

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/motors/the-secret-world-of-bristol-cars-a3448726.html

Dave Dale

Bullet coupe?

Interest in the Bullet from the motoring press and online has been worldwide. This is a different viewpoint which members may find interesting. There are 2 photographs from different angles.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/the-bristol-bullet-would-look-even-better-as-a-coupe-110214.html

Dave Dale.

Bristols superior?

countrylife001

This is in this week’s Country Life magazine. From Michael Barton.

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.

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.

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.