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Bristol 411 S1 The Very Best of British For Sale (1970)The Very Best of British
The Bristol 411 Series 1 was first shown at the London Motor Show in 1969. The car has a Chrysler V8 engine producing 340 BHP at 5,200 RPM, with a top speed of 140 mph (220 kph). It went on to become the Autocar car of the year in it's class and is now the most sought after of the Bristol V8 models.
The 411 has gained many accolades over the years including sensational write-ups from the great motoring writers Leonard Setright and John Bolster. John Bolster proclaimed the 411 S1 to be the fastest four seater saloon in the World. With it's great looks and the Chrysler V8 to add both poise and presence on the road, it handles extremely well on the motorway as well as offering fantastic road holding on winding country roads. This is probably partly due to the fact that Bristol Cars Ltd was owned by former F1 driver Tony Crook at the time and gained from his considerable race experience and love of fast cars.
The 383 Chrysler engine and Torqueflite automatic gearbox combination gained fame amongst the muscle cars of the 70s due to its strength, power and reliability. Blended with the superior Bristol build quality and Park Royal hand crafted aircraft grade aluminium bodywork it became an unbeatable under-stated luxury sports vehicle, popular with the well-heeled and celebrities of the time.
A car of this build quality and stature certainly didn't come cheaply, and it was possible to buy nearly three Jaguar E-Types for around the same cost! However, because of the use of the popular Chrysler drive-train and the non corroding Park Royal aluminium body, a well maintained Bristol 411 can be a very economical car to use as every day transport; in fact Bristol Cars were amongst the first manufacturers to offer a dual fuel LPG/petrol combination. Many Bristol V8s are retro fitted with LPG tanks and return 40 MPG petrol equivalent economy levels.
This particular 411 Series 1 has been upgraded to 411 Series 2 specification with wider wheels for improved handling, whilst retaining the character associated with winding windows and the more rounded lines not found on the later models. It also has quite a few unseen upgrades such as the wide rear track axle option, electronic ignition, and Edelbrock manifold intake, rolling road tuned to a Holley carburettor for performance, torque and economy, taking the BHP from the standard 340 to nearer 400 whist still remaining smooth and economical. All in all it is now the most responsive, best handling Bristol I have ever driven and a lot closer to the driving experience of a modern Bristol Blenheim!
With all the technical advances in cars over the years, modern traffic can now just about keep up with a Bristol 411 :-)
Recent work on the car includes the following ....
* A bare metal respray in "Bristol silver", done to an excellent standard and looking very original.
* The burgundy Vaumol ( Bristol Specification ) leather has been renewed within the last year and extended to cover the dash and added centre glove box retro fitted as per the 411 Series 4.
* New grey seat belts fitted front and rear to match the carpet and headlining.
* New dark grey suede headlining with matching rear parcel shelf and sun visors.
* New burgundy leather bordered carpets throughout.
* All woodwork re-veneered and lacquered in dark burr Walnut.
* Powder coated steel wheels with triple chromed hub caps and Bristol badges.
* New triple chromed front and rear bumpers.
* Professionally applied under body corrosion protection.
* Edelbrock manifold and Holley carburettor, rolling road tuned for performance, torque and economy.
* All Electronic Ignition with new HT leads and plugs.
* Uprated cooling fans.
* New glass, screen and window rubbers all round.
* Full set of Pirelli P6000 tyres including the spare.
* New classic reproduction heavy duty battery fitted with cut off switch.
* Refurbished disc brakes and pads all around.
* Classic radio converted to FM, and fitted with MP3 compatibility.
* Upgraded headlamps - bulbs.
* Full original tool kit, jack, sales brochure and Owners Manual.
This well maintained car will appeal to owners that don't want a project car, preferring a reliable "turn key" vehicle that is suitable for everyday use or just for holidays and Concours shows. In short it is one of the best examples of the best of the V8 Bristols. It will be sold with 12 months MOT and Road Tax (tax free car) as well as a full service.
A newly commissioned classic restoration from Bristol would be around £80,000 upwards and a Series 6 probably double, so this example represents a very sound investment for the future and fantastic value at a price that wouldn't cover the restoration costs alone!
Try a contemporary Aston or Jensen and then drive this; No Comparison!
Export can be arranged at cost.
Photographs to follow soon - Please email for further details.
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