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Bristol 401 Touring

Reference: Bris/Tou

Model: Bristol 401 Touring

Year: 1949

Colour: Red

Sold: 11th Mar 2024

Tags: Classic, Bristol

1949 Bristol 401 Touring.

In 1947 Bristol Commissioned Touring Superleggera to design and engineer the body of their second model, the 401. Bristol planned to add their own expertise in aerodynamics to Touring’s patented “Superleggera” construction technique and flair for excellence to create a “compact, lightweight, high performance international sporting car for the family”.

Bristol dismissed the project, but the co-operation resulted in a limited batch of approximately 6-7 cars coach built in Milan with aluminium-panelled body on a steel tubular frame. 

This example 401/219 registered in March 1949. First seen by the public at the Bristol 1948 Geneva Motor Show stand, there were two cars present with Touring bodies.

The mechanics are identical to those found on early Filton built 401’s. This example is currently fitted with a 85C engine instead of its supposed original 85B engine.


This car has been mostly restored by late marque specialist Mr Brian May, with just the interior left to restore.


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