16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 56

1960 Bristol 406
No Reserve

Sold for £6,975

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: XCT 309
Chassis No: 4065303
MOT: Exempt

  • A stalled restoration project and fitted with a Daimler 250 V8 engine
  • Offered with Green logbook and reproduction handbook
  • 1 of just 174 examples made

At the end of WW2 the Bristol Aeroplane Company found themselves with a surplus of skilled labour and a reduced order book. As a result, the Filton-based business decided to diversify into the prestige car market and, benefitting from the reparations benefit of pre-War BMW designs, were able to quickly develop their own car; in the autumn of 1946 the Bristol Car Division unveiled the 400 saloon powered by a Filton-built, mildly modified version of the BMW 328 engine. The 406 two-door saloon introduced in 1957 was the last of the Filton-engined Bristols, its OHV straight-six pushrod engine fed by triple Solex carburettors having been enlarged to 2216cc to try to compete with the more modern powerpacks offered by Bristol's competition, and now known as the 'Bristol 110 Series'. It was identified by the absence of the then-familiar bonnet scoop of its predecessors and was one of the first saloon cars of its class to feature disc brakes on all four wheels.

A stalled restoration project and fitted with a Daimler 2.5 V8 engine, the vendor bought this Bristol Type 406 two years ago from a fellow Bristol enthusiast. Like others of this type it was without an engine, very often taken out to put in ACs or Frazer Nash marques. He wanted to fit an engine that he believed suited the quality of a Bristol and so sought out the superb Edward Turner designed Daimler 2.5 V8 with automatic transmission, the work of fitting this engine and modifications needed were carried out. The intention was to completely renovate it. Unfortunately, the pandemic has stopped the work. 1 of just 174 examples made, the vendor feels it is a very worthy project with many parts included. The original Green logbook is present along with V5c and a reproduction Bristol Type 406 Instruction Manual.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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