keskiviikko 12. joulukuuta 2012


Bristol 400
 1946  Bristol 400.The first Bristol to go into production, the 400 was a close-coupled two door saloon inspired by the pre-war 326 and 328 BMWs but benefitting from the metallurgical advances of WW2 aviation. Low aerodynamic drag, high mechanical efficiency and modest weight meant it proved a successful rally car, with a top speed of 95.7mph and a six cylinder 2 litre engine that was unusually efficient for its time.
Bristol 401 Farina
 1948  Bristol 401. While mechanically very similar to its predecessor, the 401 showed off the aeronautically-honed skills of the Filton factory’s aerodynamicists perfectly, with an almost completely smooth exterior that helped it become the first 2 litre production saloon to achieve 100mph. Built entirely of aluminium, the body of this four seater Bristol was tested in wind tunnels and on runways to achieve the greatest aerodynamic efficiency.
 Bristol 402
 1949 Bristol 402 A convertible version of the 401, the 402 was marketed in limited numbers and had a smoothly-contoured hood which folded completely out of sight. It was nicknamed the ‘Hollywood Special’ after a pair of the early cars was ordered by film star Stewart Granger and his actress wife Jean Simmons.
Bristol 403
 1953 Bristol 403. Launched in 1953, the 403 replaced the 401 and while it was the same shape, subtle differences improved the drive significantly. Better brakes, an improved gearbox, larger valves, a sturdier crankshaft and greater oil capacity meant the engine could yield 100bhp and reach speeds of up to 106mph.
Bristol 404
 1953 Bristol 404.Christened ‘the businessman’s express’, this two seater coupé was built on the same chassis as the 403 but with a shorter wheelbase. Weighing in at less than a ton, the 404 came with a choice of engines (a 100B version with 105bhp or a 100C sports version with 125bhp) and boasted a much better braking system than the earlier cars to go cope with a top speed of up to 110mph. As well as featuring tail fins which echoed the design of Bristol’s 450 racing coupes, the 404 was the first Bristol to have the spare wheel and battery fitted inside the wheelbase.
Bristol 405
 1954 Bristol 405. Launched at the 1954 Motor Show, the 405 was the only four door car ever built at Filton. Virtually the same as the 404 coupe from the windscreen forward, this high-performance four-seater was considered the last of the first generation of Bristols. As well as being designer Sir Paul Smith’s choice of everyday transport, the 405 recently found fame after appearing in the Academy Award-nominated film An Education.
Bristol 406
 1958 Bristol 406. A luxurious two door saloon with a larger, 2.2litre engine, front wheel disc brakes and improved rear suspension, the 406 kept many of the typical Bristol characteristics but had a more modern shape with a longer wheelbase and greater width internally. All sorts of extra comforts could be found inside, from headrests and telescopic steering column, to an automatic windscreen washer and a padded safety roll. Although it retained 105bhp, its extra weight, and the focus on comfort and convenience, meant its predecessors had the edge in speed but it was still capable of speeds of 100mph+.
Bristol 407
 1961 Bristol 407. The 407 was the first new model to be built by Bristol Cars Ltd after its separation from the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1960. With a 5.2litre Chrysler V8 engine, 250bhp and top speeds of 125mph, the 407 offered armchair luxury together with high performance. The new V8 engine meant two and a half times greater capacity than earlier Bristols, yet this popular saloon remained comparatively economic. Outwardly it looked similar to the 406 but subtle changes included an extra exhaust pipe at the rear and coil-sprung suspension.
Bristol 408
 1963 Bristol 408. A two door, four seater saloon, the 408 was mechanically identical to the 407, with a Chrysler V8 engine and automatic transmission. Outwardly, a rectangular grille with pronounced horizontal bars was introduced, along with rectangular indicator lamps.Its top speed was 122mph+.
 Bristol 409
 1965 Bristol 409. The first Bristol to offer power steering, the 409 was a 130mph four seater saloon that from the outside was almost identical to its predecessor, the 408. The same Chrysler V8 engine remained at 5,211cc but offered increased power and torque. Thanks to softer springs, the 409 also boasted the smoothest ride yet.
Bristol 410
 1967 Bristol 410. Low and sleek, the 410 took on a slightly more curved appearance than earlier models in the series. Seating four, with two doors, it boasted a new, more complex system of braking circuits to offer the greatest safety yet. With 250bhp, the 410’s top speed was 130mph. Another Bristol star, this time of the small screen, the aristocratic policeman, Inspector Lynley drove one of these in the eponymous television show.

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a series of BBC television programmes about Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton (Nathaniel Parker) of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small). In addition to the tensions involved in solving murder cases, the series thrives on the characters' clashes regarding personality, gender, and class, since Lynley is an earl (a peer of the realm), while Havers comes from a working-class background.

In the first episode, Lynley drove a Peugeot 607; in subsequent early episodes, he drove a Jensen Interceptor, and in later episodes a Bristol 410.

Bristol 411
 1969 Bristol 411. With a big-block B series Chrysler V8 6.3 litre engine, the popular 411 boasted 30 per cent more power than its predecessor and was capable of speeds of 143mph. In production for seven years in total, a second edition was introduced in 1971, with self-levelling suspension, followed by a third series a year later, a 6.5litre Series 4 in 1974 and a fifth series from 1975-1976. Electric windows, halogen headlamps and rear seat belts were all introduced as standard over the 411’s lifetime.
Bristol 412
 1975 Bristol 412. A Targa-type Zagato-designed convertible with a removable roof, the 412 was the last of the numbered series to begin with a 4. The 412 kept the 6.3litre Chrysler B series engine of the 411 until 1977, when a second edition was introduced with a 5,899cc petrol engine. Continuing Bristol Cars’ tradition of introducing new technology, the 412 was the first car in production to boast frameless window glass that dropped half an inch when door was opened. It was also the first car to offer the factory option of dual-fuel petrol/LPG.
Bristol 603
 1976 Bristol 603. Introduced alongside the 412 to replace the Bristol 411, the 603 was dramatically restyled to be much more streamlined, with a large, curved rear window. As well as a 5.9litre version, a 5.2litre engine was made available for a period because of rising fuel prices. The more economical engine was phased out by the second series, which offered a 5.9litre engine as standard.
Bristol Beaufighter
 1980 Bristol Beaufighter. Based on the 412 but with an added turbocharger, the Beaufighter became the fastest accelerating automatic full four-seater production car of its day and boasted a top speed of 150mph. Still featuring the same Zagato design as the 412, with a removable roof, it is distinguishable by its four headlamps.
Bristol Brigand turbo
 1982 Bristol Britannia and Brigand. The Series 3 603S was brought out in 1982, when Bristol began adopting names of the famous Bristol Aeroplane Company models for its cars. The Britannia was the standard version, while the Brigand had a turbocharger added to enable speeds of up to 150mph. Outwardly, the Brigand could be distinguished by a bulge in the bonnet, which accommodated the turbocharger.
Bristol Blenheim
 1993 Bristol Blenheim  The Series 4 603 was named the Bristol Blenheim and benefitted from the most modern mechanicals yet, with a multi-port fuel injection to improve performance and fuel consumption. Since its introduction in 1993 two further series were brought out and the Blenheim remains unique among modern passenger cars, with its entire engine and all major masses, including the spare wheel and battery, being within the wheelbase. With a 5.9litre V8 engine, the current Blenheim 3 is capable of speeds of 152mph.
Bristol Fighter
 2004 Bristol Fighter. With a top speed of 210mph, Bristol Cars’ iconic two-seater supercar boasted a modified Chrysler Viper 8 litre V-10 engine, enabling the 0-60mph sprint in 4 seconds. With gullwing doors and the turning circle of a London taxi, the ultra-aerodynamic Fighter shared the same innovative design features as aircraft, high speed missiles and even submarines.


This 31mm all and correct, 1956 stainless steel OYSTER BRISTOL is one of the more uncommon varieties on the OYSTER series of watches produced with names such as London and Essex. This particular watch was manufactured by ROLEX for the U.K. market. The caliber 59 (correctly signed) ROLEX under the dial) is accurate.


These OYSTER cases are the largest of the OYSTER series; measuring 31mm. across and retains the original OYSTER PATENT screw down ROLEX winding crown and OYSTER screw back signed inside with the TUDOR logo and correct reference 4453. The dial was restored faithfully whilst retaining the reflective silver, Arabic numerals, blued steel hands and red sweep seconds.


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