The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Bristo 401. We make the process of selling your Bristo 401 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 401 was a luxury sports car produced by the British motor company, Bristol Cars. It was produced between 1948 and 1953 as a 2-door coupe that was the successor to the 400 model. Bristol Cars was an offshoot of Bristol Aeroplane Co., which shifted production to cars after WW1, when they partnered with the Aldington brothers of Frazer Nash. In 1945, H.F. Aldington, who was still in the British Army, visited the bombed out BMW factory and came back with Chief Engineer Fritz Fiedler, engines and plans. The 401 was the first model of the series with a completely new body design.
The new 401 body design was inspired by Italian designer Carrozzeria Touring. It’s curvaceous body lines, with features like flush button door handles, helped improve aerodynamics and increased horsepower. The arched dual grill looks much like the BMW’s of that era, but the headlights were set much closer to the centerline, giving it a totally unique look.
The 401 used an improved version of the BMW M328 hemi-head engine. It paired the 2 liter inline six cylinder motor with 3 Solex carburettors. Design changes pushed the motor up by 20 hp. It could achieve a top speed of 97.3 mph (156.6 km/h) and had a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration of just 15.1 seconds.
The 401 did well in racing, finishing 3rd in the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally and 2nd in the Targa Florio. Only 650 of the 401 cars were built and very few of those remain today, making it a very sought after automobile.
8 cylinder 3506 cc engine
Rear wheel drive