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Presented in its original colour, finished in silver over black, with its factory number plate, engine and gearbox, we’re delighted to present this interesting Bristol for sale.

 

It’s true that all Bristols, especially the later cars built in the Chrysler era, have stories to tell, but this one is exceptional. Presented for sale with a large history file and website detailing its origin, ‘barn-find’ discovery and restoration, we haven’t seen such a detailed and lovingly-compiled log of a car for a long time.

 

Starting life being built in 1972, it was then sold to its first owner in 1973. It bounced around the UK, as was the typical Seventies ‘car-swap’ fashion, and then the late eighties, before being sold out of Bristol’s Kensington showroom again in 1992.

 

From 1992 until March 2012 it was under the same ownership, although SORN’d from 1999 to 2012 until the current owner sourced it. In a sorry state, having sat in dry storage for over 12 years, and in need of extensive works to get it back on the road and eventually in a concours-winning condition, it was then up to the current owner to restore this 411 to its former glory.

 

From summer 2011 to 2015, this Bristol 411 was given an exceptional rolling restoration. Using OEM Bristol parts wherever possible and documenting the entirety of the build, aiming to retain as much of its character, including the original number plates, paint and trim as possible, a high-level breakdown of works conducted are as follows:

 

2011:

Rebuild rear chassis and complete rust proofing

Fabrication of inner wheel arches

Major service of engine and gearbox

Overhaul of brake system

Complete rewire and fit new dashboard

Re-chrome bumper

Re-veneer & lacquer wood trim and carriage

 

2012:

Repair dents and corrosion in body

Replace rubbers and fit new rear screen

Interior/exterior repaint of factory colour

Retrim edging to doors with new furflex and rubbers

Replace worn leather with new over rear-wheel arches and centre armrests

Repair rear leather seats

Replace roof lining and sunroof

 

2013:

Remove and overhaul gearbox

Refit with torque converter

 

2014:

Repair carburettors

Replace ignition coil and spark plugs

Fit exhaust downpipe with new gaskets

Service and tune engine

 

2015:

Rear chassis repair

Rear suspension repairs and replacements

New alloy wheels and tyres

 

Although never built to be a concours winner, this 411’s got a few pieces of silverware to its name. Since the restoration, it’s been used as Bristol intended, not just on high days and holidays. Now it has a light patinated charm, not looking overly restored, and is ready for its next adventure.

 

Presented with a full, documented history, alongside a range of old paraphernalia, we’re going to be sorry to see this one leave.

 

Viewing by appointment only at our West London showroom.

1972 Bristol 411