1951 Bristol 401 Lovely genuine example. For Sale
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||£35,000 Or near offer
|A very original Bristol 401 originally dispatched to Bulawayo Southern Rhodesia in March 1951 to Glasby’s Garge for a Mr H.A. Lake esq. of Premier Woodworking Company painted in Azure blue. Having spent most of its life in the warm dry climate of South Africa, this Bristol has never needed to be stripped and fully restored. There is no evidence of any repairs to the chassis or body and none are required. It has however had a bare metal re-paint at some point in a metallic colour close to the original and a re-trim in biscuit coloured leather both of which have now mellowed to a lovely age related patina. There are blemishes on the paintwork – two 5p sized dents/scratches on the passenger door and one on the bootlid, these look like marks created from errant shelf items falling onto the car. The paintwork is very shiny and good condition however close inspection reveals some micro-blistering.|
Although remaining in original condition there have been a few minor modern additions mainly for safety. Front lap belts, a fire extinguisher and ancillary flashing indicators to the front and rear (although the original semaphores are present and still function) have been fitted. Due to the warm climate there are no heaters.
The original matching numbers engine pulls well, has no nasty noises and has very good oil pressure. The gearbox is similarly in good health with a good gear-change.
Parts replaced since I purchased the car - Front spring gaiters, radiator hoses, fan belt, high torque starter motor, handbrake cable, carburetor overhaul, steering column draught excluder, new fuel lines, etc. Fully serviced including oil change, new spark plugs and distributor cap / points. Many spare parts included with the car including two spare tyres.
This is a lovely, genuine example of Bristol's 401, retaining its original components and features. Arguably these 401/403 "Aerodyne" coupes' were the best looking of all Bristol's automotive production.
It is not perfect but it is a very genuine example that has been cared for during its life and as such is a pleasure to drive, it is mechanically on the button with a wonderful exhaust note from this sweet Bristol 2.0 litre six, with a good interior and a sound presentable body.
I personally repatriated the car from a good friend in Jan 2017 and it is fully UK registered.
Happy to answer any questions and to provide more details on request, this is a genuine car at a good price. Thanks for looking.
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