Oddball British car maker, Bristol, is on the verge of revival, according to reports out of the UK. The niche brand was placed into liquidation in 2020, 75 years after its founding in Bristol, UK.
The maker of low-volume grand tourers has enjoyed a chequered history, going through several changes of ownership and being placed into administration more than once.
Now, British businessman Jason Wharton aims to resume production alongside a new company restoring, selling and maintaining old Bristol cars.
Wharton has already indicated the reborn company will resurrect the Bristol Fighter, a two-seater sports car in production from 2004-2011.
Additionally, a resurrected Bristol 411 was also in the pipeline, with both cars slated to be hand-built in batches of eight. Production is expected to start in 2022.
Wharton added an all-new model, the Buccaneer, is also set for production in 2025.
“Our all-new car will be a four-seater very much in the traditional Bristol mould,” Wharton told British outlet Autocar, “but it will make extensive use of modern technology and materials.”
Both reborn cars will be powered by a Chrysler 6.4-litre 'Hemi' V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Bristol’s association with Chrysler dates back to the 1960s, with every model since 1961 powered by Mopar-sourced V8s or, in the case of the Fighter, a Dodge-sourced V10.
Wharton has already received some expressions of interests from enthusiastic Bristol owners who have worked hard to preserve the heritage of the low-volume British marque.
Wharton added he was not concerned about the UK’s impending ban on the sale of internal-combustion-engined cars, set to be enforced in 2030, stating a suitable hybrid or electric platform can easily be sourced when the time comes.
For now, Wharton is focussing on maintaining the unique heritage of Bristol Cars and to “do what I can to sustain this country’s really wonderful tradition of low-volume hand manufacture”.
Wharton did not indicate whether the last Bristol car ever made, the one-off concept Bullet (above), would be revived. First revealed in 2016, the Bullet was powered by a BMW-sourced, naturally-aspirated 4.8-litre V8.
The Bullet was set for a low-volume production run, but those plans were scuppered when the company went into administration.
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