1950 BRISTOL 400
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 204
Year : 1950
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : NAE 777
Chassis No. : 4001627
Engine No. : 85A/1707
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The Bristol 400 was the first motorcar of the Bristol Aeroplane
Company. After World War II, BAC decided to diversify and formed a
car division which would later be Bristol Cars in its own right.
BAC subsequently acquired a licence from Frazer Nash to build BMW
models. Bristol chose to base its first model on the best features
of two outstanding pre-war BMWs, namely the 328's engine and the
326's frame. These were covered with a neat all-steel body,
inspired on BMW 327's. The Bristol 400 featured a slightly modified
version of BMW's six-cylinder, 1,971cc engine. This engine,
considered advanced for its time due to its hemispherical
combustion chambers and very short inlet and exhaust ports,
developed 80hp at 4,500rpm and could carry four passengers to a top
speed of around 92mph with acceleration to match. With their
aircraft quality construction, discreet and purposeful styling, the
Bristol motorcar range have become sought after of late and with
the new 'Bullet' about to be launched, the West London-based
company show little sign of slowing down.

Owned and cherished by the vendor for the last 35 years, this
charming example tells a thousand stories. The life it has lived
can be seen in the patina of the seats, the paintwork and the
engine. Whilst in 'oily-rag' condition, it could either be
completely restored or enjoyed thoroughly as it is. There is a
comprehensive history file available detailing works undertaken at
marque specialists, Stanton Motorsport and Bristol Cars. Used
little in recent years, it has undergone some significant engine
work including, in 2002, an engine bock pressure test (no leaks at
35psi), full re-bore and re-face of block and a crack test of
crankshaft and con-rods (none detected).  The crankshaft was
then re-ground and nitrite hardened and all bushes and bearings
were replaced. Moving back through the car, the differential
journals have also been re-ground with new bearings and the brake
drums, wheel cylinders and master cylinders stripped, cleaned and
inspected. The bills contained in the history file continue to
recede into the past; suffice to say that it would appear to have
been well looked after throughout its life. Character can be
indefinable but, if pressed, this Bristol 400 has it in spades.

For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170