PDA

View Full Version : New Bristol Bullet (car) gotta spare $330,000?



skaraborgcraft
08-02-2016, 12:56 PM
http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160802-british-art-meets-german-science

Paul Pless
08-02-2016, 01:02 PM
comparing their new offering to an mg rv8 seems a poor idea

Norman Bernstein
08-02-2016, 01:12 PM
Fins on the rear? Really? Did they just go back through a 1950's time warp?

birlinn
08-02-2016, 01:20 PM
And if it rains?
Presumably aiming at the Saudi market?

ron ll
08-02-2016, 01:59 PM
Maybe some will like it, personally not my idea of good auto design.

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live/624_351/images/live/p0/43/8z/p0438zl8.jpg

Norman Bernstein
08-02-2016, 02:15 PM
Actually, I think it's refreshing (aside from the fins). It's a nice homage to the past... and vastly better than the brutal and cubist interpretations that have been so popular, in automotive design.

skaraborgcraft
08-02-2016, 04:00 PM
I used to do some work for an elderly lady in West London, she completely blew me away when i discovered she was driving around in a Bristol Beufighter

http://images.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/03/series6.jpg

She was almost 80, i believe these had the same lump as the Jensen Interceptor, a Chysler 7.5l with 3 speed. Her departed husband owned it from new, was never a cheap car.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-02-2016, 04:27 PM
I have a wealthy friend who has had a Bristol 411 since he was at school. It remains a point of pride with him that he does all the work on that car himself. He is now Chairman of his family business, and owns several other Bristols. He tells me that Bristol used to make the money to support their very small production by supplying "significantly different" Chrysler engines to US police forces.

John Meachen
08-02-2016, 04:29 PM
Traditionally,Bristol cars were superbly engineered as befits a company with it's roots in aircraft.There is an apocryphal story about a modification they made to an American automatic gearbox they regularly used being spotted by a third party who then reported back to the gearbox's supplier that Bristol were messing around with the hardware.After contacting Bristol to confirm the accuracy of the information,the large company sent a party to take a look and they were sufficiently impressed that they made the modification to all their gearboxes thereafter.

Reynard38
08-02-2016, 05:00 PM
For around $50k US. A LOT of bang for the buck!

https://www.flyinmiata.com/V8/ND.php

The Bigfella
08-02-2016, 05:33 PM
The "lumps" used in Jensen Interceptors were the 383 (6.3 litre) and 440 (7.2 litre) engines. Mine, which I've just sold, has the 7.2 litre.

A few were made later on using, IIRC, the 360 engine, which is what was going into one I saw being made when I went through the factory about 6 months before they folded, back in '92.

John B
08-02-2016, 05:36 PM
comparing their new offering to an mg rv8 seems a poor idea
Can't control what a journalist says or thinks though.
I've often thought of buying an RV8, They're actually quite available here as second hand imports from japan ( where most of them went first off). I think it would be a fun car. The problem is a the 1990's interiors, its just a horrible age, all flouncy and puffy, it'd be like driving around in a cauliflower.

ron ll
08-02-2016, 06:52 PM
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/ron_ll/ah1004_zpsx8irlcjm.jpg

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live/624_351/images/live/p0/43/8z/p0438zl8.jpg

ron ll
08-02-2016, 06:54 PM
http://atexnzeucghvdg9idwnrzxquy29t.g00.photobucket.com/g00/TU9SRVBIRVVTMyRodHRwOi8vaTExNzEucGhvdG9idWNrZXQuY2 9tL2FsYnVtcy9yNTYwL3Jvbl9sbC9hY2JyaXN0b2xfenBzbWRw ZTNhbHkuanBn/$/$/$/$

David G
08-02-2016, 08:39 PM
I could live with the styling. The fins are kinda fun.

Except that silly little squinched-in face. Everything is pinched in throwing it all out of proportion with the balance of the composition. And what a first impression. Looks like a baby 'Nemo' looking head-on.

Hwyl
08-02-2016, 09:10 PM
If you;re going to buy it in dollars, I'd wait awhile.

Joe (SoCal)
08-02-2016, 09:44 PM
Volvo P1800 convertible ( AKA "The Saint Volvo" )



http://volvo1800pictures.com/shows/essen_11/Volvoville%20Convertible%202.JPG

https://img-new.cgtrader.com/items/16423/volvo_p1800_convertible_3d_model_3ds_obj_max_b797d 9e0-0537-47d5-afc4-b3882d72c0c1.jpg

Jim Bow
08-02-2016, 09:53 PM
Has Bristol been a real company all this time, or did somebody just buy the name and logo?
Could there be a Dusenberg in our future?

UPDATE: Bristol stopped manufacturing new cars in 1982. They went into the restoration business, rebuilding Bristol's till 2011. They were bought by Frazer-Nash Research Co. and began prep work for the Bullet.

Mcjim
08-02-2016, 11:46 PM
Really a rework of their 405 drophead from the 1950s.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f7/1956_Bristol_405_Drop_Head_Coupe.jpg/1024px-1956_Bristol_405_Drop_Head_Coupe.jpg

Bristol have always had thier own ideas about styling - except when thay were using BMW's

Mike

Stiletto
08-03-2016, 01:47 AM
There is one around where I live, that looks like a hardtop version of the roadster above.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-03-2016, 03:31 AM
Has Bristol been a real company all this time, or did somebody just buy the name and logo?
Could there be a Dusenberg in our future?

UPDATE: Bristol stopped manufacturing new cars in 1982. They went into the restoration business, rebuilding Bristol's till 2011. They were bought by Frazer-Nash Research Co. and began prep work for the Bullet.

You need have no doubts about Frazer-Nash.

One of the most respected names in British motor sport. Their history goes back to the early 1920's, and is entwined with Bristol, with BMW, and with Porsche. They also made a good aircraft gun turret in WW2, and still make aircraft components.

http://www.frazer-nash.com/

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Frazer-Nash_TT_Replica_2-Seater_Sports_1935.jpg

PeterSibley
08-03-2016, 04:02 AM
It seems to reference a 402.

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSdOfrXo3tdpZkKYcP9h9O1sfa2WV9ka DHUrdUUmv6VcPZu7c7iGg

The Bigfella
08-03-2016, 06:02 AM
Much smoke?

PeterSibley
08-03-2016, 06:23 AM
A lovely car !!!

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-03-2016, 08:02 AM
Yes, and there is a reason why it has a BWW style radiator...

John Meachen
08-03-2016, 03:42 PM
Its not entirely true that Bristol stopped making cars in 1982.They made a few and then in 2005 they introduced this.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ADB4bB9uH4k/UFlV2tGPDtI/AAAAAAAAAo8/zX7cYCDZRKk/s1600/2007+Bristol+Fighter+T+(3).jpg

They even produced a very fast version in miniscule numbers.It had a phenomenally stiff carbon monocoque and a very high claimed top speed.I'd like to know if any driver ever tested the claim.

johnw
08-03-2016, 04:22 PM
Maybe some will like it, personally not my idea of good auto design.

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live/624_351/images/live/p0/43/8z/p0438zl8.jpg

This car suffers from a condition called "bitchy resting face."
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bitchy%20resting%20face

John B
08-03-2016, 04:57 PM
Really a rework of their 405 drophead from the 1950s.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f7/1956_Bristol_405_Drop_Head_Coupe.jpg/1024px-1956_Bristol_405_Drop_Head_Coupe.jpg

Bristol have always had thier own ideas about styling - except when thay were using BMW's

Mike

Thanks for that . It explains a lot.

PeterSibley
08-03-2016, 06:41 PM
A family similarity .

AndyG
08-04-2016, 03:41 AM
As a child of the Space Age, I miss fins on cars. However, nailing the back of a Ford Anglia onto the front of something that looks ok, ish, is not the answer.

Andy

John B
08-04-2016, 03:47 AM
As a child of the Space Age, I miss fins on cars. However, nailing the back of a Ford Anglia onto the front of something that looks ok, ish, is not the answer.

Andy

keyboard. you owe me one, or at least some cleaning fluid.

PeterSibley
08-04-2016, 06:25 AM
Those aren't fins ! These are fins !

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6101/6267046818_d4f173e4e2_b.jpg

The Bigfella
08-04-2016, 07:22 AM
Take the cheaper option

http://i.imgur.com/jPfcTt4.jpg

skaraborgcraft
08-04-2016, 08:51 AM
As a child of the Space Age, I miss fins on cars. However, nailing the back of a Ford Anglia onto the front of something that looks ok, ish, is not the answer.

Andy

Ha! You could be onto something...

http://www.bestcarinf.com/manufacturers/ford/ford-anglia/ford-anglia-cosworth/ford-anglia-cosworth-2.jpg

I know a man with a garage full of them, he does classic racing, has one with a V8 in, and another with a "red-top" Vauxhall twin cam unit. I understand the V8 kept munching rear diffs.

It looks like they still had the moulds of the earlier car outback......i think they should have just stuck a new engine in the old car, a very clean look.