Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1953
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    181
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red

Description

The Bristol 401, one of only 611 examples built, was imported and custom duties paid on first April 1953 in Zurich, followed by a first registration on 8th of April of the same year. After a somewhat considerable frontal crash in the mid 60-ies, the car ended up in a breakers yard in Kaufdorf, where it was dry stored, put aside and more or less forgotten. Around 40 years later the 401, still in its untouched condition was sold to a new owner for 20'000 Swiss Francs and, without starting any restoration work, dry stored again for the next 14 years. The extraction from this storage, which took place in September 2021, was well covered and documented by Zwischengas.com. With its two litre six cylinder inline engine, the same as used in the BMW 327/328, and mostly complete, this Bristol is a challenging but most rewarding restoration project. The car will be sold with its custom clearance documents from 1953 and the original Swiss fabric registration document from 1963.