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Old 01-29-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default Why do I want one of these? (Classic Car Thread)

1955 Bristol 405 Sports Saloon

http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/by-id/479/

2l straight six (BMW derived, I think?) putting out 150BHP! And, of course, good ol' British-car reliability ( ).

Of course, I'll also require a bespoke suit from Savile Row, a derby, and some manner of large umbrella to carry in the crook of my arm.

It must be the hoodscoop.


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Old 01-29-2006, 01:50 PM   #2
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:11 PM   #3
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...pardon me... do you have any grey poop-on??
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:13 PM   #4
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That's a lot of horsepower for the time.
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:22 PM   #5
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That's a lot of horsepower for the time.
True enough. I couldn't see myself autocrossing the thing anyhow, it seems like more of a languid-drive-in-the-countryside kind of car.

Really what concerns me most is the reliability thing... I've no clue how reliable Bristols are. Not much info to be found on the web.


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Old 01-29-2006, 02:24 PM   #6
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:25 PM   #7
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Its not reliable, I have no idea anything about the car but I know it is not reliable. It is a britsh sports car made in the 50's with a ton of power, it is probably running lucas electronics which is not a really good thing too.
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:27 PM   #8
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Its not reliable, I have no idea anything about the car but I know it is not reliable. It is a britsh sports car made in the 50's with a ton of power, it is probably running lucas electronics which is not a really good thing too.
Q: Why do the British drink warm beer?
A: Because they have Lucas refrigerators.


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Old 01-29-2006, 02:39 PM   #9
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True enough. I couldn't see myself autocrossing the thing anyhow, it seems like more of a languid-drive-in-the-countryside kind of car.

Really what concerns me most is the reliability thing... I've no clue how reliable Bristols are. Not much info to be found on the web.


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It won't be reliable. But if I had to choose between it and a Pontiac built in the last 15 years, I'd choose it. It's sexier and probably more reliable than the pontiac.
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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it is probably running lucas electronics which is not a really good thing too.
Could Lucas electrical system even qualify as "electronics?"
Lmao at cloth covered wires.

I used to restore 1930-1970's British bikes. So I must ask what kind of brakes does the car have? Shudder.....
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Old 01-29-2006, 02:50 PM   #11
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Could Lucas electrical system even qualify as "electronics?"
Lmao at cloth covered wires.

I used to restore 1930-1970's British bikes. So I must ask what kind of brakes does the car have? Shudder.....
I believe you throw a half-ton anchor out the window to stop.


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Old 01-29-2006, 03:37 PM   #12
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I know quite a few British car enthusiasts and they are a separate breed-- and an aging group. A friend with the Austin Healey Club laments the aging of the club's membership and the increasing costs of restoration. But anyone who has seen the the graceful shape of a 100/4 glide buy wonders why cars have to be so damend ugly these days...

The Morgan guys are even funnier...
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I love classic cars, the only thing that keeps me from buying them is safety.
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Old 01-29-2006, 03:58 PM   #14
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I love classic cars and trucks, Right now i have a just about perfect all original 1940 Plymouth PT-81.
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That thing would be kind of cool with some decent wheels and an LS1.
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Old 01-29-2006, 04:02 PM   #16
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True enough. I couldn't see myself autocrossing the thing anyhow, it seems like more of a languid-drive-in-the-countryside kind of car.

Really what concerns me most is the reliability thing... I've no clue how reliable Bristols are. Not much info to be found on the web.


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Lucas electrics?



That said, they're probably not bad if you get some updated isht to replace the prince of darkness.
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Old 01-29-2006, 04:05 PM   #17
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I know quite a few British car enthusiasts and they are a separate breed-- and an aging group. A friend with the Austin Healey Club laments the aging of the club's membership and the increasing costs of restoration. But anyone who has seen the the graceful shape of a 100/4 glide buy wonders why cars have to be so damend ugly these days...

The Morgan guys are even funnier...
I make a living providing these guys with parts....different breed for sure!
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Old 01-29-2006, 04:08 PM   #18
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If you're going to go that route, I would do a Porsche 356
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British cars aren't so much reliable as they are durable...my MG (Currently under restoration by someone else) once continued to run with a cylinder through the block and also continued running through several wiring fires.

I wouldn't mind another one as a project car, but I'm still thinking of something more interesting, more powerful and more German.
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British cars aren't so much reliable as they are durable...my MG (Currently under restoration by someone else) once continued to run with a cylinder through the block and also continued running through several wiring fires.

I wouldn't mind another one as a project car, but I'm still thinking of something more interesting, more powerful and more German.
300SL for the win!


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