Lot 223: Bristol Beaufighter Convertible
Bristol Cars Ltd came about as a direct result of reduced capacity in the Aircraft market in the post war years. Built by aircraft trained craftsman, to aircraft quality and using aerodynamics in the design process, the first Bristol appeared very futuristic in 1947. The model designation was the 400 and similar lines were used on the 401, 402 and 403, right up to 1957.1975 saw a break with tradition and a new model, the 412, which was styled by Zagato was introduced. The 412 was developed through three series and in 1980 the S3 or Beaufighter was introduced. This was the first Bristol Car to bear the name of one of the celebrated products of the Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd. As in the Series 2, the Beaufighter had a 360 cubic inch Canadian Chrysler V8 engine. In the Beaufighter, however, it is fitted with a Rotomaster turbocharger. The additional torque required not only a heavier propeller shaft: the Torqueflite 3 speed automatic gearbox was also uprated with a torque converter and internal clutches normally reserved for 440 cubic inch V8's. Accommodating the turbocharger also required a raised central section in the bonnet.The car offered here is the factory Prototype Beaufighter. The car retains electric front seats, air conditioning and remote electric boot release, which were not carried through to production models. Well known in Bristol circles, the car has recently been equipped with the latest Bristol wheels and tyres, latest pattern front disc brakes with 3 pot callipers, relined roof and hard top, stainless steel exhaust system. The vendor also states that he has the original Bristol wheels fitted with Avon wide safety tyres.Owned by the vendor for many years, the car has been correctly maintained throughout its life and is said to be in excellent condition. It is equipped with both hard and soft tops and has been converted to run on super unleaded fuel.
Barons, Sandown Park - Esher Surrey
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