When you’re exterior the UK, it’s possible you’ll by no means have heard of Bristol Vehicles, the corporate that not too way back turned out a Viper V-10-powered sports activities automotive generally known as the Fighter.
Bristol began life as an plane producer however in 1945 diversified into automotive manufacturing. The corporate lastly succumbed to chapter in 2011, although proper up till its demise it remained true to its roots of being a discreet provider of luxurious grand tourers to discerning, well-heeled consumers. In reality, it didn’t also have a community of dealerships; all gross sales had been executed at a landmark showroom in London.
A revival received underway a number of years in the past and a contemporary Bristol speedster was rolled out, although the trouble in the end failed final March, proper after the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic hit. Now there is a new revival underway, instigated by British businessman Jason Wharton who lately acquired Bristol’s mental property rights and numerous manufacturing instruments.
2006 Bristol Fighter T
Talking with Autocar in an interview revealed Wednesday, Wharton mentioned he plans to launch subsequent yr “remastered” variations of Bristol’s Fighter sports activities automotive first launched in 2004 and 411 grand tourer launched in 1969, with each to obtain a 6.4-liter V-8 sourced from Fiat Chrysler Cars. Among the authentic Bristols additionally used Chrysler V-8s.
Wharton additionally mentioned he plans to ascertain a brand new headquarters for Bristol within the model’s authentic residence of Filton, U.Ok., which is close to the town from which Bristol takes its title. The positioning will even be residence to a restoration service for present Bristol homeowners.
Wharton mentioned he is at the moment in search of an engineering chief and hopes to have the primary prototypes for his remastered vehicles on the street by the tip of the yr. Ought to all go to plan, he mentioned he’ll then launch a brand new mannequin to be referred to as the Buccaneer across the center of the last decade. The Buccaneer can be a four-seater and depend on a donor platform, saving Wharton the trouble—and price—of assembly crash-safety and emissions certification.