The Bristol 411 was first launched in 1969 with a 6.3 Chrysler V8 engine, which produced 335 BHP. A contemporary account by John Bolster describes the 411 as the “fastest true four-seater touring car” of its time, beating its closest rival, the 6.3 litre Mercedes-Benz 300SEL, at maximum speed and acceleration.
By the time the series 4 was released in 1974, self-levelling suspension provided great comfort and ensured that the rear suspension had full travel regardless of load. Electric windows were standard and power steering made parking easy.
A revised front end provided quad headlamps and unrivalled lighting, more than any other production car of the period. At the rear quad exhaust pipes echoed the four lamps at the front.
The 400 cubic inch Chrysler V8 (a 6.6 litre) brought 264 bhp at 4800 rpm. A smooth throttle response, more torque and a reduction in emissions resulted in a well-rounded and relaxing performance car for the keen and well-heeled motorist.
The Series 5, with the same engine as the 4 and the last in the series, had more safety features fitted. Inertia reel seatbelts, fog lamps, head rests in the rear and a black radiator grill helped to differentiate it from the previous model.
This particular car was first registered in August 1975, and is presented in the classic combination of Oxford Blue, with a contrasting magnolia hide interior.
Known to ourselves for many years, this 411 enjoys a magnificent chassis file, with detailed invoices on file showing the care that has been lavished upon it for many years.
This car boasts a raft of unique and sympathetic upgrades to the standard spec. These include cruise control, and a steel sun roof. Externally, some subtle vents have been added to the bonnet aiding the car’s use in hot weather, whilst internally, the rear seats passengers are graced with some beautifully veneered picnic tables.
The upper dashboard has been re-trimmed in blue leather, which matches the seat piping and carpets and lastly, a high quality sound system has been subtly installed, including telephone prep and full iPod connectivity.
This is a unique and wonderfully presented 411 that would make a great addition to any serious collection.