The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Bristol 407. We make the process of selling your Bristol 407 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Bristol 407 was a luxury sedan built by British automaker, Bristol Cars between 1961 and 1963. The company’s roots were in the Bristol Aeroplane Co, who made aircraft for the British military. After WW2, they switched from manufacturing airplanes to cars. One of the founders was in the military and brought engines, plans and the Chief Engineer, Fritz Fiedler, back to England. The parts and plans were deemed to be war reparations.
Previous models in the Bristol 400 series used modified version of the BMW straight-6 engine. They had squeezed every last ounce of power out of a 6 cylinder engine and needed something more to satisfy the desires of the public. Though outwardly, the car looked much like the previous model, the 406, it now had a powerful 8 cylinder engine under its bonnet.
The 407’s new eight-cylinder engine was a Canadian built, 5,130 cc (313 cu in) Chrysler V8. It was fitted with a Bristol designed camshaft and lifters. This brought the car’s top speed up to a very respectable 125 mph (201 km/h.) It could go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 9.2 seconds.The automatic transmission used featured three forward speeds and a torque converter. Transverse leaf springs were replaced by coil springs, giving it better handling than its predecessor.
Stylistically, the car was nearly identical to the 406. Subtle visual differences included a horizontal bar across the wider radiator grill and dual exhaust pipes. Only 88 407 cars were produced, with most of those headed to America. A few cars were sent to independent coach makers, Viotti and Zagato, where they were made into rare special editions. Those few are to be considered the most valuable examples of the 407 cars.
8 cylinder 3506 cc engine
Rear wheel drive