Bristol car values

Following my initial post, it has been heartening to read the general opinion from members of all the Bristol forums that values of Bristol cars seem to be rising. However, we are all but mere amateurs in this valuation prediction game. An opportunity arose this week to hear a view from real ‘ experts ‘. A classic car publication gave the predictions of a number of ‘ leading auction specialists ‘ for classic car values in 2016. I was alarmed to read that the prediction of the head of one of the largest auction houses was that ” Bristols in particular are going to rocket “. I now fully expect Bristol car values to collapse this year!

Dave Dale.

Bristol car values

Thanks Michael.

Fairly new but simple site to show the perceived current UK value of your Bristol, depending on condition. Most members follow the current value of their own model(s). The values given on this site for my 403 seem on the high side. What do others think?

Dave Dale.

Bristol Car values The Oldie February 2016

Alan Judd has written an interesting piece about classic car values published in the latest issue of The Oldie (cover date February 2016). He talks about Bristol values and how he has watched them move.



Book signing at Retromobile

Michael Palmer, the author of Bristol Cars Model by Model will be attending Retromobile and he will be available of book-signing on the BODA stand at 2pm on Wednesday 3rd February

10% ethanol

This article describes the effects of fuel containing 10% ethanol on classic MG’s in USA. There is a plan to introduce 10% ethanol into the UK ( and probably elsewhere ), so Bristol owners might be interested to read this article. The comforting news is that the UK government has assured the FBHVC that fuel companies will be required, when the industry moves to 10% ethanol in the UK, to continue to supply a ‘ protection grade ‘ for heritage vehicles of fuel containing no more than 5% ethanol. We all know that we can trust, without question, our politicians to keep their promises – so no problem then!

Dave Dale.

john lawley

Hi Mike

If you log onto the site and look at membership lists you’ll find John Lawley’s phone number easily. I’m not sure it is a good idea to put phone numbers on the public part of the site.

Best wishes

Michael Barton



Hi John

I have finished with Unipart for the time being, unfortunately I have lost your telephone number.


If you could send it to me again I would be grateful.




Mike Murray

0781 482 1039

Nicely patinated

Of interest perhaps is this nicely patinated V8 in the USA, with different registration plates front and rear. I am far from knowledgeable about V8’s but believe it is a 408 or 409 and I can’t locate it in any club list. I wonder if there is an interesting story about this car. Does anyone recognise it?

Dave Dale.

1953 publication

I have acquired an article from a rare 1953 publication. A 403 is tested but it is less of a road test of the 403 and more of a treatise on how the company develops its models and a perception of company policy.
I would like to share the article with any forum member who may be interested. To receive the scanned items as one .pdf attachment please email a request to me at / 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 in the new year.

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

A happy and successful New Year to you all.

Dave Dale.

Bristol stuff

Two titbits about the new Bristols.

and an article with video starring Nick McGarvey’s Fighter.

Dave Dale.