1947 Bristol 401

Sports Saloon Prototype by Touring - 1 of 6

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1947
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Blue
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

COYS Auction - 'The Jaguar Legend'
Blenheim Palace,
Woodstock,
Oxfordshire OX20 1PX
Saturday 17th July 2010 at 1pm
Registration Number: UMD 140 Chassis Number: 401/220
Chassis 401/220 was one of six Touring bodied Bristols and a result of the collaboration between the Bristol Aeroplane Co and Carrozzeria Touring in Milan. Constructed and designed in Italy by Anderloni using the famous Superleggera construction method; using thin aluminium panels over light weight tubing; the bodies benefitted from the considerable experience for which the Italian coach building company was renowned. The engine was built by Bristol to an original BMW design, the licence for this having been obtained in the form of compensation for war damage.
This run of six cars was built by Touring for the Bristol factory as a prototype with the one example being dismantled so the British company could observe and recreate the construction technique from which the famous Bristol 401 eventually emerged.
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