19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
Lot 20
 

1999 Bristol Blenheim 2

Sold for £38,250

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: S973 GEU
Chassis No: TTBLN29939714
MOT: April 2023

  • In single family ownership from new until 2022
  • Serviced by Bristol for almost all its life
  • Warranted 63,000 miles from new
  • Extensively upgraded by the factory

Named after one of its former parent company’s fighter aircraft, the Bristol Blenheim was unveiled in September 1993. Priced from £110,000, it may have been a left-field choice when compared to other British handbuilt grand tourers such as the Aston Martin V8 or Bentley Continental R but there were still those who valued its narrow track and unmatched visibility. The staple Chrysler 5.9 litre V8 benefited from the adoption of electronic manifold fuel injection and was allied to a more sophisticated four-speed automatic gearbox. Criticisms as to the Bristol’s overly ornate radiator grille were addressed with the arrival of the Blenheim 2 in January 1998 which also boasted a reduced turning circle, power boost and reputed 150mph top speed. Only in ‘production’ for eighteen months or so, it is estimated that between six and ten Blenheim 2 cars were made with Bristol losing money on each one!

Supplied new to a world-renowned, London-based heart surgeon and serial Bristol owner, ‘S973 GEU’ was specified in Beaufighter Blue with Cream leather upholstery. Costing £118,778 before the addition of extras including a grab handle, uprated stereo system and heated front windscreen, the Blenheim 2 has been factory maintained for most of its life (the first owner’s profession meaning that reliability was paramount). Sadly, the four-seater was caught up in the administration of Bristol Cars such that the associated bills have been mislaid. However, accompanying paperwork does include an invoice detailing its conversion to partial Blenheim 3S specification during late 2001. Totalling £23,329.28, work saw the frontal appearance and interior remodelled accordingly plus a widening of the track and fitment of new alloy wheels / tyres. Passing to the first keeper’s son and then a holding company, ‘S973 GEU’ was in family ownership from new until 2022. Starting readily upon inspection and running well, this Blenheim 2 / 3S has covered a warranted 63,000 miles and remains highly presentable. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, copy factory invoices / correspondence and MOT certificate valid until April 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: The vendor informs us that he averaged 29mpg when driving the Bristol from Derbyshire to Duxford

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars

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