"Never more than three made a week" - A Story of Bristol Cars

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Bristol Owners Heritage Trust

2 жыл мурун

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Larkinchance Ай мурун
3 cars a week? That's because the workers were getting paid, 14 pounds 10 shillings and 6 pence a week...
TSB 3 ай мурун
A small anecdote...a number of years ago, probably early 2000s, a local friend visited me at home in Surrey with his brother. His brother was a noted collector and the car they arrived in was SMT 259, one of only two Farina bodied Bristol 400 cabriolets...certainly one of the most desirable Bristols ever made. Unfortunately the car wouldn’t restart...I think they flooded it..remember that?...but it is a beautiful car. A bit of simple searching reveals that it came up for auction in 2016 at Sotheby’s in Monaco, but fell way short of the pre-auction estimate, only achieving €224,000. I think it remained with my friend’s brother at least for a time after that. Certainly the rarest and most desirable car I ever had on any driveway of mine.
Benoit Vanhees
Benoit Vanhees 4 ай мурун
They look nice for sure, very British, very gentry, but the old Jaguars beat them when it comes to styling / design, as far as I'm concerned. Exclusivity alone is not a really strong argument. But no idea about the technical reliability of Bristol compared to Jaguar. Having said that, the Bristol Beaufighter "whispering death" plane was one of the coolest looking of the war. I loooove that design.
stanthology 4 ай мурун
There was a Bristol in that Lesbian Vampire movie Starring that Ingrid Pitt woman.
harry eisermann
harry eisermann 5 ай мурун
Bristol s weak story, stolen technology, BMW survived. Bristol Bankrupt. stands for British technology
mowbraybird 5 ай мурун
The 403 was considered the most beautiful model Bristol ever built.
blxtothis 5 ай мурун
Had a soft spot since as a titch in the 1950s I got a Dinky Toys model of a Bristol (might have been a 450) Coupé Le Mans racer in BRG with a white spot on each door with a black number 20, the Grand Prix Cooper Bristol was soon added. although I have many models in my collection, those two sadly went astray over the years though I found a beaten up coupé on eBay which sits in the cabinet. I obviously didn’t understand that their saloon cars owed virtually so much to a German (also initially an aero engine maker) manufacturer being so young, as far as I knew it was just wonderful thing. And, ah, the Kensington showroom, many were the times as an adult I’ve had my nose against the window lusting at the cars just as I had as a kiddie at a toy shop hankering after those Dinky Toys. Great to see LJKS waxing lyrical about his favourite marque too, it’s yet another tragedy and symptomatic of the modern age that these marvellous specialist motor manufacturers have been lost, if there had been any justice Bristol, AC, Jensen and all of the others should be thriving, Bristol in particular. Roll on Euro millions, I’d be looking for one of each model iteration!
Hurri 5 ай мурун
Not surprising British cars could not compete with the rest of the world for more than some years right after the war. Now a foreign owned industry and number 13 in the world.
Nichen Fauster
Nichen Fauster 5 ай мурун
Bloody awful
L33 W
L33 W 5 ай мурун
I am forever proud to say My Grandfather was an Engineer at the B,A,C, Filton.!
Shankar Balan
Shankar Balan 5 ай мурун
Very nice video. So much history. Wish these marques would be revived properly.
Grahame Berry
Grahame Berry 5 ай мурун
Very interesting vid - shame about the audio. My hearis quite bad, but even using hi quality headphones, I understand only small bits of the commentary - shame.
iseeolly 5 ай мурун
They folded last year, very sad.
Steve Lomax
Steve Lomax 5 ай мурун
The main prerequisite for any potential new owner is you must have a double barrelled surname
Terence Field
Terence Field 5 ай мурун
An England altogether gone now. Very sadly.
bighand69 2 ай мурун
Not completely gone if the people just had belief in them self all the craziness would go away very rapidly and there would be more tradition.
St Helens History Channel
St Helens History Channel 5 ай мурун
Pug ugly, every one of them, ghastly ugly things. Sorry, (they sound good though).
Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke 5 ай мурун
Glorious cars!
proto 5 ай мурун
A different level of exclusivity.
ArghaPirate 5 ай мурун
With some help from ZZ top
peter olsen
peter olsen 3 ай мурун
Johnny come latelys.
Paul Trigger
Paul Trigger 5 ай мурун
Classy cars and gentlemen, great video
Julian B
Julian B 5 ай мурун
Jay Leno's car has a speedometer in KM/Hr and an odometer in KM. Jay did not address this quirk in his video, and I speculated that the car was bought by a European customer. Can anyone shed light on this?
Ray Purchase
Ray Purchase 5 ай мурун
You know the phrase, He drives like he owns the road". If he's in a Bristol, he probably DOES own the road. Bristols are for people who regard Rolls Royces as cars for the hoi polloi.
Kurt Schlesinger
Kurt Schlesinger 5 ай мурун
i love the BMW looking ones
beachcomber2008 5 ай мурун
Aesthetics was never very important. With the Grmans, it was. The more 'modern' they became, the more hideous they looked.
Mr Danforth 374
Mr Danforth 374 5 ай мурун
Wish they had gone into the reasoning that led to the adoption of Chrysler V8 engine and automatic gearbox. It seems to me an excellent choice, smooth powerful and long lived, at a lower cost than the hand built engine and box it replaced. But it must have been a difficult decision at the time.
Mr Danforth 374
Mr Danforth 374 5 ай мурун
@Al Terego The Chrysler engines with the excellent Torqueflite auto box were about the best choice at the time for that kind of car. Smooth, powerful, long lived, reliable, and economical for such a large powerful car. They must have cost a small fraction of what the hand built six cost. The big drawback was the greater bulk and weight of the large displacement V8.
Al Terego
Al Terego 5 ай мурун
They had expanded the six as far as was possible within the tooling for it, going from 2 to 3.8 litres. The 400 series cars were big and they needed more power, or really more torque. They started with a 318 and progressed fairly quickly to the big block 383 and I think you could get a 440 in the later series.
Brad Hackett
Brad Hackett 5 ай мурун
Love the 403's BMW based engines!
harry eisermann
harry eisermann 5 ай мурун
yes at least they didnt brake down English technology, what a joke?
CodewortSchinken 5 ай мурун
Came here from Jay Leno's Video about the Bristol 403. Leonard Setright exceeded all my expectations on a excentric british author and journalist.
Dean Stevenson
Dean Stevenson 5 ай мурун
Glad to be Setright. Loved his work. The Maserati Khamsin suspension discussion was one of his most awesome Car articles.
Munki Says
Munki Says 5 ай мурун
@Dean Stevenson In fairness, you're half right: LJKS was born in London to Australian parents
Dean Stevenson
Dean Stevenson 5 ай мурун
Like Mel Nichols and co.
Dean Stevenson
Dean Stevenson 5 ай мурун
I thought he was a Cropley/ Burgess import from Australia
Munki Says
Munki Says 5 ай мурун
@Dean Stevenson Englishman.. born in London
David Greenwood
David Greenwood 5 ай мурун
They were lovely cars
dave fellhoelter
dave fellhoelter 5 ай мурун
Less! Is More!
Steve Arnold
Steve Arnold 5 ай мурун
How thoroughly British.
James Ellsworth
James Ellsworth 5 ай мурун
Bristol made some true gems; once in a while hitting on a classicaly lovely body design to go with the mechanical parts.
Samsgarden 5 ай мурун
The British were so refined
Atheist Orphan
Atheist Orphan 5 ай мурун
Some of us still are!🇬🇧
Rog5446 5 ай мурун
They missed out on the 603, from which the named cars were developed from? ..................................................................Did Mr Setright play guitar with ZZ Top?
John Cheston
John Cheston 4 ай мурун
No, the clarinet was his instrument of choice.
Horatio Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower 5 ай мурун
A beautiful car, quintessentially British, built for people with deep pockets and a stiff upper lip. Their craving for perfection finally lead them to the liquidation in May of this year.
Horatio Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower 4 ай мурун
harry eisermann Or just the opposite. Brexit could induce the incentive to build another of these genuine British cars, or motorbikes, or whatever vehicle fantasy can think of. Do not despair, every cloud has a silver lining!
harry eisermann
harry eisermann 4 ай мурун
nothing left of British car industry, now Brexit will kill the last incentive, zero left , all gone, only nostalgy left
stanthology 4 ай мурун
@harry eisermann Correct.
harry eisermann
harry eisermann 5 ай мурун
stolen technology after WW2 winners justice, and went bankrupt
mowbraybird 5 ай мурун
So sorry to hear this.
JACK BOG 6 ай мурун
Interesting to see Long John Kickstart complete with comedy beard.
rabbimarkg 5 ай мурун
I remember an article in Car in the early 80’s where LJK Setright in the photos was wearing his Cippah and Tzitzit proudly (ritual clothing of an observant Jew).
JACK BOG 6 ай мурун
@John Cheston Thanks for that. I misjudged the man ..... I thought it was just for effect.
John Cheston
John Cheston 6 ай мурун
He was an Orthodox Jew.
Clive de Carle
Clive de Carle 6 ай мурун
Thank you, most enjoyable
sean gilmore
sean gilmore Жыл мурун
My dad had a Bristol and a Riley, I would love one
adnaanu Жыл мурун
Gem of a video. As well as the cars and the people involved with the brand we get to hear LKJ Setright
Flappo Spammo
Flappo Spammo Жыл мурун
Love their quirkiness and originality
Gaylord Buzzard
Gaylord Buzzard 5 ай мурун
That also describes Setright.
Nichen Fauster
Nichen Fauster Жыл мурун
All grotesque looking and horribly built...
Frederick Buhr
Frederick Buhr 5 ай мурун
There are two things that one can see on earth from the moon : the great wall of china and body gaps on Bristol cars...
Martin Harris
Martin Harris 5 ай мурун
@Nichen Fauster No, you can't vouch for the quality personally so you can't make assumptions. What's attractive to the eye or not is highly subjective.
Martin Harris
Martin Harris 5 ай мурун
@True Tothegame Making a judgement cased on assumption and an anti-UK bias.
Flappo Spammo
Flappo Spammo 5 ай мурун
They used to say there were two things you could see from outer space , the Great Wall of China and the panel gaps in Bristol cars . Still doesn’t stop me loving them . Perfection is boring . Bristols are certainly not boring !
pumpkin91ful 5 ай мурун
I don't like the style of some coach too ,especially the blenheim ,to simple and anonimous ; but i love the history of the brand, the most niche car factory in the world , and you have to consider that they made "conservative cars " for aristocracyor mature clients ,so they followed the taste of their customers .
Capt Walker
Capt Walker Жыл мурун
Are there any Bristol clubs in the USA?
Carlos Oliveira
Carlos Oliveira Жыл мурун
Very good... Excellent cars!
Sam Bennet
Sam Bennet Жыл мурун
I have only just come across this lovely film. What a lot of memories and interesting talks from so many people.
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