The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Bristol 402. We make the process of selling your Bristol 402 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 402, was the convertible (cabriolet) version of the 401 model, made in 1949 and 1950, by Bristol Cars. The 401 and 402 cars utilized a 2 liter straight six M328 hemi-head engine that they acquired from BMW following WW2. One of the company heads was in the British Military at the end of the war. He returned from visiting the Berlin BMW plant with engines, plans and their Chief Engineer, Fritz Fiedler.
The 401 and 402 models were the first of this new line of cars that had their own unique body design. The Bristol Car company had its roots in aeronautics, when it was Bristol Aeroplane Co. The new body had light superleggera construction, with aluminum and steel panels over an ash wood frame, then later over a tubular steel frame.
What made it truly unique was its aerodynamic curves that gave it a very low drag coefficient. It even had push-button door handles, that were inset to be flush with the rest of the body. It had the double arched grill of a BMW, but with headlights that were set closer to the center of the car. It had a graceful fan tail in the rear. It came in a 2+2 seating configuration, with a small back seat. It had much more luggage space than other convertibles of its day.
Top speed was around 100 mph and it had a 0-60 time of about 15 seconds. The 402 is quite rare, with only 13 of 24 cars produced still surviving until today. Those remaining cars are prized by collectors and rarely come up at auction, but can easily fetch 7 figures.
8 cylinder 3506 cc engine
Rear wheel drive