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Old 01-13-2021, 03:51 PM   #9
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Bristol brought back from the brink -

Olde-world car-maker rescued from bankruptcy by Bristol enthusiast, revived brand to focus on restoration and restomods before introducing new model

Bristol Cars has been brought back from the dead following the famous British sports car maker was liquidated last year.

Snapped up by Jason Wharton a property developer and Bristol enthusiast, the plan for the 76-year-old car-maker famous for its aviation-inspired hand-built luxury cars is to restructure the car-maker to a business that will restore and sell classic Bristols.

As part of its revival, Bristol will move from its Kensington High Street location in London back to its home city of Bristol in the West Country.

Speaking to Autocar, Wharton said Bristol would concentrate on offering ‘remastered’ or restomod versions of the Fighter two-seater and the 411 before launching an all-new model in 2025.

The new sports car, set to be named the Buccaneer, will be “very much in the traditional Bristol mould’ but make extensive use of modern tech and advanced materials.

Purchasing the remains of the liquidated car-maker has given its new owner access to original designs, tolling and spare parts that will enable Bristol to improve and modernise existing models, if there’s demand.

Part of the updates for the 411 model, for example, involve replacing its ancient rear live axle with a completely independent set-up.

Owners of both the 411 and, even the V10-powered Fighter can also take up Bristol’s offer of replacing their current powertrain with a Chrysler-sourced 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that’s combined with a more modern eight-speed automatic.

Bristol will build and develop a remastered versions of the 411 and Fighter prototypes before the end of 2021.

There’s no word on the new Buccaneer, although it’s tipped to maintain the six-decade-long tradition of Bristols using a Chrysler-sourced V8, suggesting it could be powered by a Hellcat powertrain – if still available in 2025.

Despite the impending UK combustion ban set to be introduced in 2030, Wharton told the Brit mag that he was “relaxed” about the potential of developing a powerful V8 Bristol as the car-maker’s current loyal base of customers have indicated their interest in such a vehicle.

Bristol’s new owner also believes suitable donor hybrid and EV powertrains will also become available in the near future.

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