1949 the Bristol aeroplane company formed a small automobile company for reasons of economic efficiency, as the capacity of the factories broke down after the war. The philosophy of Bristol has been to produce a few vehicles, but these build by hand and according to a high standard.
In 1947, Bristol presents the Model 400 at the Geneva Motor Show. A vehicle of Bavarian origin. The chassis and the engine derived from the BMW 326. Also the body is strongly inspired by the BMW 326. This is especially due to the friendly relationship of H.J. Aldington to BMW, that already existed in prewar times when he was Chief by Frazer-Nash-Bristol. He acquired sales and production permissions of the Types 327 and 328.
Just in time to the 70th anniversary of the automobile company of Bristol and 10 years after the last Bristol left the factory in Filton , the new Bristol presents the Bristol Bullet Speedster, named after the nickname of the Bristol fighter plane Bristol Scout. Allthough today the latest Bristol model is produced by Frazer Nash, because Bristol was forced to close down some time ago for financial reasons.
Bristol bullet series picks up many elements from the historic Bristols. As for the Bristol 404, the small rear wings are integrated at the rear. The typical Bristol front inlet, a jet like inlet form, such as can be found at the air inlets on the engines of the Bristol Barbazon on the front of the plane. The body is made of carbon. There is no roof. The windshield is very flat. With the tradition not to be broken, the Interior is still “very british” and takes up classical elements too, such as for example the bent down steering wheel spokes, familiar from the earlier Bristols. The dashboard is made of carbon and covered with leather. The clocks are arranged as in early cockpits. The bucket seats are handcrafted and made of finest English leather.
Under the hood acts a 4.8 liter BMW V8 engine which is slightly modified at Bristol. Thus, the British Speedster achieves a top speed of almost 250 km/h. The power is transferred to all four wheels. The Bristol bullet Speedster will be delivered with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
With the Bristol Bullet a long tradition of British automotive history is becoming alive again from January 2017, because then the first cars will be delivered.