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 
    Red
  • 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: TML 165 Chassis Number: 401/217
H.J Aldingtons admiration for Italian coach building skills was such, that he persuaded the joint board of AFN Ltd to place short run contracts with both Pininfarina and Touring, to build bodies on Bristol chassis. In Italy, a short run would consist of a total of six complete cars, this number being the minimum to make the project viable. Bristol has invested a great deal of time and money in this project, matching Touring’s light weight "Superleggera” concept with Bristol’s own experience in aerodynamics. Unfortunately the original idea for commissioning Touring to build 200 cars fell through; it was a design way ahead of its time and is regarded as a Bristol masterpiece.
In the end and only six were produced with one dismantled by Bristol in order to observe the construction technique.
TML 165 is one of th