“Easy to drive, very beautiful…, Follow the emotions of competitors in two of racing's most challenging events: the Nürburgring 24 Hours and Le Mans 24 Moto in a new video documentary, 2+4=24, Derek Bell will always be associated with Porsche but he began his F1 and Le Mans careers in Ferraris. The secret was, of course, turbocharging, and Bristol was an early adopter. In March 1980, Bristol unveiled the Beaufighter. It only took a short trundle out of the garage to know they had something. “It was just so easy to drive,” says Eddie Jordan. We have recently been trying the turbocharged Chrysler VS powered Beaufighter, a distinguished four-seater sports coupe carrying the name of one of the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s best known fighting machines from the Second World War. The latest news, updates and more straight to your inbox. First registered to the Duke of Westminster. – A.H. The Bristol Beaufighter, named after the WW2 aircraft produced by Bristol, was still designed by Zagato but now fully factory-bodied at Filton, had very similar styling to the original 412 except for the four-headlamp layout. Bristol Beaufighter will lea.ve you just enough change out of £40,000 to purchase a year’s road fund tax. Price: £39,500.00. It was an interesting one, this, as although it was yet another revision of the continuously-evolving model line, the Beaufighter had rather more power than the 412 it was based upon. Variants were produced as the Bristol Beaufighter, from 1980 to 1993, and as the Bristol Beaufort, from 1984 to 1994. The Beaufort had a reinforced windscreen frame to compensate for the absence of a fixed roll bar. In an effort to move into the United States market, Bristol designed a 412USA that complied with the extremely strict emissions and safety regulations of the US, with a catalytic converter and a much stronger roll bar than on the first 412. 11 0. Although Bristol was coy about power figures, or lending out test cars, the performance had leapt forwards – 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 150mph. The earliest versions of the 412 were also very unusual for a post-World War II car in that the body was made by Zagato in Italy and attached to a chassis built by Bristol Cars in Filton, England. The 1977 second series cars incorporated front suspension modifications to allow for the lighter engine along with a final drive ratio changed to 2.88:1. Colour: Red. Unlike other versions of the 412, the Beaufort was a true convertible, with a powered roof. This car has very considerable service history and is a great pleasure to drive. After the war, facing the prospect of laying off skilled engineers and technicians, the company made the decision to build a car based on German war reparations. Whereas the 603 was a dramatically restyled version of the characteristic Bristol two-door saloon, the 412 was different in that it was a Targa-type convertible with a removable roof that could be placed in the large luggage compartment. This vehicle comes with a extensive service history. It was produced in very small numbers until 1994. [2] Other changes included improved ventilation, redesigned seats and service intervals extended to 10,000 miles (16,000 km).[2]. However, the second series of 412, which arrived towards the end of 1977,[2] Variants were produced as the Bristol Beaufighter, from 1980 to 1993, and as the Bristol Beaufort, from 1984 to 1994.[1]. 600 Squadron RAF at Cassibile, Italy, looks out of the cockpit of Bristol Beaufighter … To allow for the greater range between fill-ups with petrol necessary for touring beyond the short distances found in the British Isles, the Beaufort possessed a greatly enlarged fuel tank of 136 L (30 imp gal; 36 US gal) as opposed to the mere 82 L (18 imp gal; 22 US gal) tank of other Bristols of the time. Tags: Classic, Bristol. Bristol cars are rare enough as it is, so they don’t come up for auction that often. Learn how and when to remove this template message, Bristol Type 412 - Convertible / Saloon, www.boc.net, Bristol Owners Club, Bristol Type 412 – Convertible / Saloon, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bristol_412&oldid=946545019, Articles needing additional references from August 2018, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 March 2020, at 21:21. The Bristol Beaufighter (the plane) proved to be an effective weapon against the Luftwaffe that slowly turned back the Blitz. Inside, the Bristol Beaufighter exudes the air of a gentleman’s club lounge. The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter (often called the Beau) was a multi-role aircraft developed during the Second World War by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the UK. Along with the Bristol 603, it was one of two concurrent successors to the long-serving 411 that had carried Bristol Cars through from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. Bristol Beaufighter 413 VPC (formerly B265 MLP) 57,000 miles and two owners from new, the first for 32 years, the car has been regularly used throughout its life with a brief spell following the first owner’s death before being acquired by the current owner, who also has a 400 and 404 amongst his eclectic collection. However, the company's specialist status made exporting very difficult and most of these modified 412 models were exported to Europe and markets such as West Germany and Switzerland. Bonhams sold a red Beaufighter similar to the one pictured above for £12,000 back in 2009 and that car was in much better condition. The 412 was the last in the continuously numbered series of Bristols beginning with Bristol 400. From the moment one climbs aboard the Beaufighter – and I emphasise the word climbs because at 4′ Sl/i” height this is certainly no cramped sports coupe – and clunks the heavy driver’s door closed, one is aware that this is a very substantial car indeed.