1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629
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1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon
Registration no. JSA 988N Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629
Sold for £43,700 (US$ 58,626) inc. premium

Lot Details
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7733485 Engine no. H400-HC10629
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon
Registration no. JSA 988N
Chassis no. 7733485
Engine no. H400-HC10629
*Charismatic Anglo-American 'gentleman's express'
*6.6-litre V8 engine
*Automatic transmission
*LPG conversion
*Restored between 2006 and 2011

Footnotes

  • 'The Bristol 411 is a car for the very wealthy but has many special virtues – this is a modern quality car of traditional British excellence.' – John Bolster, Autosport.

    The end of World War 2 brought with it new opportunities for the Bristol Aeroplane Company - Britain's oldest aircraft manufacturer - in the form of pre-war BMW automotive designs sequestered by the victorious Allies as reparations exacted from the defeated Germany. Thus it came about that the Bristol 400, which commenced production in 1947, was effectively a synthesis of three pre-war BMW designs, with a chassis derived from that of the 326, an engine from the 328 sports car, and an aerodynamic bodyshell similar to that of the 327 coupé. Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery; nevertheless it seems unlikely that BMW's engineers felt particularly gratified. But Bristol did more than simply copy the work of its German counterparts; the application of aviation industry standards to its manufacture resulted in a car more refined and considerably better constructed than its Teutonic forbears.

    Bristol kept faith with its BMW-derived six-cylinder engine for many years and several models, only abandoning it in 1961 in favour of a 5.1-litre Chrysler V8 on the 407, though in appearance the newcomer closely resembled the preceding six-cylinder 406. The V8 was mated to Chrysler's Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission, while on the chassis side coil-sprung independent front suspension replaced the traditional BMW-type transverse leaf springs.
    The adoption of V8 power came not before time, as Bristol's BMW-based engine, despite a capacity increase from 2.0 to 2.2 litres, had been effectively outgrown by the car's increasingly weighty coachwork. With a top speed of 125mph, the 407 re-established the Bristol as a true high-performance car, but one that nevertheless retained all the refinement and luxury associated with the marque. The chassis was updated, larger engines adopted, and the styling periodically revised throughout the 1960s, this process culminating in the 411 of 1969, five series of which were made between then and 1975. For the 411, Bristol continued with Chrysler engines but specified the 6.3-litre unit that produced 335bhp, an increase of some 85 horsepower over the '5.1'. There was a commensurate improvement in performance. John Bolster summarised the result in Autosport: 'Almost accidentally, the Bristol has become the fastest genuine touring saloon, beating the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 both for maximum speed and acceleration.'

    This Bristol 411 has the 6.6-litre V8 engine introduced on the Series 4 version. 'JSA 988N' was in regular use up to 1997 when its original owner died, remaining thereafter in a car port until being rescued in 2005. Lovingly restored and improved, it features air conditioning, new Axminster carpeting, and an LPG conversion, the filler for the latter's tank being concealed behind the rear numberplate. LPG adapters for use in both the UK and Europe are kept in the glove compartment. The Bristol was used regularly by its late owner and is described by the lady vendor as in generally very good condition. Finished in blue with blue/grey leather interior, the car is offered with an original instruction manual, sundry restoration invoices, a quantity of expired MoT certificates, a V5C document, and MoT to April 2018.
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