Sunday, 23 June 2013

Keep Bristolling!

“I’m just taking you down for a quick MOT and service”, he said; but little did I know the Bristol Cars Showroom had taken an interest in me and Neil was speaking to them about how much he might sell me for! A few telephone calls later and the deal was done, bringing a very happy 10-year relationship to an end. I am now nervously waiting to see what they will do to me before I am offered up for sale again.

So this could be my last posting on this blog. Perhaps when I find a new owner they might provide a voice for me and continue recording my adventures.

In the mean time, thanks for reading and keep Bristolling!

Monday, 18 February 2013

For Sale – 1967 Bristol 410

After 10 years ownership, I am preparing to sell my Bristol 410, chassis number 410-7412, and the subject of this blog. It is the 12th 410 built and one of only 79 made.

410’s have a Chrysler 5.2 litre V8 engine and a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, together with power steering and power assisted brakes. This makes for relaxed but purposeful driving, which belies the car’s size and weight, offering true 4-seat comfort in classic Bristol style.

The car was first registered on 18th December 1967 to the Steel Supply Company (Western) Ltd for their Managing Director. It then passed through the hands of 10 further owners, before I bought it in 2003.

A distinguishing feature of the car is the lack of side trims. This gives it a cleaner profile than the standard car, which is further enhanced by the dark green paintwork.

I have had it regularly serviced and maintained by Bristol Cars, and I have receipts going back many years for work carried out, including at American Car Care Services.

Major work was undertaken in the 1990’s including an interior re-trim in Connolly hide and a complete body-off re-spray in the current colour, Connaught Green (for which I have a photographic record viewable on this blog). Both of these are still in excellent condition. The car would however benefit from having the dashboard refurbished where the lacquer has started to peel.

As well as regular servicing, I have had the following significant work carried out:
  • ·       Engine rebuilt
  • ·       Electric windows installed
  • ·       New alternator
  • ·       New water pump
  • ·       New light-weight starter motor
  • ·       New radiator
  • ·       Heater matrix overhauled
  • ·       New o/s exhaust manifold
  • ·       New brake master cylinders
  • ·       Overhauled rear brake callipers

It sits on 4 Michelin XVS tyres fitted in 2007, which are still in good condition with a good depth of tread remaining.

The car is well known in the Bristol Owners’ Club (I am currently a regional secretary and have been for the past 4 years) and at local classic car rallies.

The car is currently in very good running order, but I will have it serviced and MOT’d in May before offering it for sale. Enquiries can be made before this date by leaving a comment below.