1966 Bristol 408 Series 1SOLD
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Sold: £11725

The Bristol 408 was made between 1963 and 1966. Unusually for Bristol, a slightly revised version was launched during the middle of the model’s production run in 1965 and known as the 408 Mark II. Mechanically the Bristol 408 was identical to its predecessor the 407, which had been a major departure for Bristol with its use of a Chrysler V8 engine and automatic transmission. However, outwardly there were some major changes. The frontal styling of the 407 which had been a carry-over from the six-cylinder 406 and 405, was discarded and in its place was a rectangular grille with pronounced horizontal bars. Another major change was the turn indicator lamps which on the 408 were wide and rectangular in contrast to the 407’s round lamps. Due to safety concerns, the push-button layout of the automatic transmission was modified through the use of a safety lever to prevent an unwary person moving the car out of ‘Park’. The transmission itself was now of cast alloy and was over 30 kilograms (66lb) lighter than that of previous eight-cylinder Bristols. The engine of the 407 maintained its capacity with the 408 Series 1 with a capacity of 313cu in (5.1L). This example was bought by the vendor in 2007, registered in 2008 with the intention of keeping her for years however, as is often the case, various racing projects meant a change of plan. The last owner had the car for over 21 years during which time it was featured in Classic & Sportscar in a ‘head to head’ with a Jensen CV8. He only sold it due to retirement to the Costa Del Sol with room only for his Rolls-Royce in the garage.

With great looks and the Chrysler V8 to add both poise and presence on the road, it reportedly handles well. The vendor and three friends went to Retromobile in Paris last February and returned to Yorkshire without a murmur. It sits upon the correct Avon tyres and recent works include attention to the electrical system and a new exhaust gasket fitted to the near side bank. Bills include items from Bristol Works Service near the Hogarth Roundabout in Chiswick. The vendor informs us that it is known well and liked by Tony Crook, long-time chief of Bristol Cars. It still has the correct supplier’s kick-plates to the door openings and is presented with white upholstery with black carpeted interior, wood fascia, push-button automatic gear-selection and Armstrong "Selecta-Ride” adjustable shock-absorbers. It took part in the "Double Twelve” press test day and has a confirmed invitation to this year’s event. Complete with a full years tax and MoT test certificate, these well built Bristol motorcars are appreciating and, unlike a pension, can offer luxurious motoring at the same time.

Reference Number 39666

as of 2/28/2009

Car 1966 Bristol 408 Series 1
VIN 408-870-54 
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