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    Posted: 11 August 2020 at 17:36
Welcome to episode 5 of "Anything automotive".

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So this is not about motorsports, or your personal car or classic vintage cars but about everything else automotive that you might see on the street. One note though, if it is not your vehicle (and it shouldn't be) please clone out any identifying numbers like license plates. TYVM
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Two days ago seen in Hamburg: I think that's the car DI Lynley used to drive. It looks like the epitome of vehicular understatement (V8?). Is the brand name pointing to the place where it is built?

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Ah; the much underrated and (largely) unseen Bristol - a 411 Series 1 I believe? These were bespoke built cars, each one hand crafted and using a 6.3 litre Chrysler V8 to haul that weight around. They were, indeed, based in Bristol and were an offshoot of the Bristol Airplane Company (think Bristol Bulldog; Beaufighter etc.) and finally entered into liquidation in May 2020. They had but one showroom - Kensington High St in London, where else?

They had many unique design features - the spare wheel wa concealed behind the nearside (UK) front wheel in its own compartment for example. Part of the delight of ownership I believe.

Rather apocryphally, they were designed 'for Gentlemen', and the story goes that Tony Crook, who took over the Management of the business, would not sell you a vehicle from the showroom if 'he didn't like the look of you'. There were also stories of repeat sales to the same person being refused as they had sold on a previous car to someone that also seemed 'unsuitable' for the marque. How true this is is anyone's guess, but it just added to the mystique of this particular marque.

Big; heavy; sumptuous; gerat tourers and, latterly, blindingly fast cars. Great to see one in such fabulous condition!

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I always enjoy reading the history of rare cars and the Bristol is no exception. Found a somewhat comprehensive history with lots of photos here: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-european/curbside-classic-1972-bristol-411-the-last-great-british-eccentric/
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Thank you Neil for that story (and Ken for the instructive link)!

There is an era of building cars which I became very much fascinated with during my schooldays - cars you never saw in reality, only heard of or read about: VandenPlas, Facel Vega, Pegaso, Iso Rivolta. I once saw a BMW 3200 CS (by Bertone): Most of these cars excelled in what I would call "unobtrusive elegance" (and the Bristol fits that characterization) - something that's lost completely in today's car designs. Today cars too often resemble the boastful egos who drive them.
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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

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The parking meter - at a farm, middle of nowhere - is a nice touch. LOL

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A Plymouth Road Runner


And a Chrysler I don't recognize (didn't have time to stop and look for a name badge)

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Originally posted by alpha_in_exile alpha_in_exile wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

S & S COACH CADILLAC BROUGHAM LIMOUSINE U9

The parking meter - at a farm, middle of nowhere - is a nice touch. LOL


I did my best to capture that parking meter with the car. Glad you noticed it
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