Most common eras
SLJ Hackett
10A Factory Lane, Warminster, Wiltshire
BA12 8LT
Tel:  01985206917
LIVE adverts (28)

1946 Bristol 400 Once owned by Sir George White For Sale

This advert viewed 2752 times
  • £79,950 As stated
  • 1946
Message the seller
Price £79,950 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Bristol
Model 400
Year 1946
Country UK
Region Wiltshire
Telephone 01985 206917
Status Trade
Date 10-Aug-2020
Ref C1176836
HISTORY. There appears to be no doubt that this car was originally Sir George White's

personal car as Chairman of the Bristol Aircraft Corporation with the registration BAC 1.

records are not helpful, although the Bristol Owners Club have supplied some evidence of ownerships when out of the UK. A plaque on the dashboard indicates that the car took part in the Silverstone Silver Jubilee meeting on 24th August 1974.

Vredenstein Sprint Classics, are 600x16 rather than the standard 550 x 16.This needs to be checked in good light outside the car's present garage including the speed rating.

The change makes sense in view of the greater performance potential.

ENGINE. The head, block and sump are those of the original 85A engine, but the

internals have been upgraded in many respects so that the result is akin to one of the highly developed competition versions. A gross 150 bhp has been measured.

The car has three downdraught solex carbs which were a common option.

"One Shot" lubrication is still in place and a modern by-pass oil filter has been fitted. TRANSMISSION. The car has been fitted with a "close ratio" gearbox supplied by the factory. I have seen no evidence that the rear axle has been modified.

UPHOLSTERY. The car has been completely re-upholstered copying the original interior.
It is not clear whether the carpets are new but they are in good condition.

BODY. This has been taken down to bare metal, renovated, new steel wings fitted, and then very well repainted in a red which could be described as maroon.


The car looks very smart with fine paintwork and interior.

Mechanically a great deal of upgrading and refurbishment has been done, producing a car with far greater power than the production type 85 engine when first made.

Some aspects of the interior below the dash and in the boot could be better presented (or perhaps removed] as earlier modifications no longer in use.

These small improvements would make a first rate car with outstanding early history and exceptional performance potential, matched only by later competition versions of the Bristol 2 litre engine.
Car and Classic logo Compare classic car insurance quotes Get a quote
Similar Adverts
Get notified about new similar ads

This Bristol 411 Series 3 from 1973 is presented in elegant Beige coachwork. The interior, which was completely refurbished in 2010 by Bristol Cars Ltd, is tastefully upholstered. The leather seats.....

1954 Bristol 403 £53,500

This 1954 Bristol 403 is presented in timeless deep Burgundy coachwork. The interior is upholstered in rich and charmingly patinated, deep brown leather believed to be original, which is complimented.....

A complete, driveable and matching numbers example. First registered for the road in the UK during July 1950 this right hand drive Bristol 401 is one of the early models with the ridge line along.....

This Bristol Beaufighter is presented beautifully, its striking red colour is easy on the eye accompanied by the crisp black leather interior and dark wooden veneer dashboard. This Beaufighter has.....

Offered here is a 1949 Red Bristol 400, a bright and cheerful example of the classic 400 model. Accompanied with light cream leather seats finished with red piping, the wooden dashboard and dark.....

This 1949 Bristol 401 is presented in rich blue coachwork. The cream leather interior is in great condition having been fully re-trimmed including fresh carpets and headlining in 2008 by Bristol cars.....

The low drag 401 was capable of over 100 mph when new and made an ideal long-distance tourer. This right hand drive car was built in 1952 and is one of the 2nd series models. The 2nd series cars.....

1962 Bristol 407 £46,500

This 1962 Bristol 407 is resplendent in Red coachwork which is matched with a very well maintained Elephant Grey leather interior. The exterior and interior of this vehicle have been kept in excellent.....

1950 Bristol 401 £47,500

This 1950 Bristol 401 is finished in stunning Black coachwork that gives this classic motor vehicle a striking presence. The interior is upholstered in Magnolia leather which retains the simplistic.....

Bristol 405 saloon with an Opel Manta S OHC engine,5 speed Gertrag gearbox . This has been fitted for over 20 years and works well .
Servo assisted front disc brakes, Alternator , later interior.....

  • 30-Aug-2020
  • Lancashire
  • Private