Bristol 400



Year 1948
Make Bristol
Model 400
Exterior colour Healey Cream


I have owned this Bristol for the last seven years and it has provided a huge amount of pleasure. The car is being sold for the simple reason that it does not get the exercise it needs and having covered a mere 2400 miles since 2003 it seems right for it to be found a new home. The car itself was sold for export in 1948 to Australia but was repatriated in the early 1990s when the previous owner undertook a complete rebuild of the car to a very high standard. There are photographs on file showing the car to have been completely stripped back to bare metal. The car was treated to a full interior retrim at a cost of several thousand pounds which in the early 90s was not an insignificant amount and it was in 2003 that the engine was stripped down and assessed for what work should be done. The engine was subsequently rebuilt at a cost of over £11,000. A full report on the engine was compiled at the time by the company that undertook the work so you know exactly what has been done and given that the car has completed limited miles since 2003 the engine has a long way to go before it is likely to need any attention. The gearbox was subjected to a full rebuild in 1997 again at significant cost and there is no reason to believe any expenditure will be required here either.

During the time of my ownership apart from the usual servicing and general maintenance the only significant work I have had undertaken is for the radiator to be re-cored. I have also had the underneath and chassis regularly waxoyled.

The car is in absolutely first class condition and I believe you would struggle to find a nicer example. Importantly this is a matching numbers car and I hope that the photographs demonstrate what a lovely example it is.

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