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Chassis no. 404X3076 - Engine no. 225
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Categories: E- Historic event cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 142 manufactured)
Owner: Ger Bas (Netherlands)
One of only 85 Competion roadster of 142 cars built.
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Following the success achieved with the Bertone-bodied MG TDs, in 1953 Stanley H. Arnolt, the American importer of several British marques, asked Bertone to design a light body, suitable both on track and road, for the more powerful 2-liter Bristol 404 chassis. Designed by Franco Scaglione, the new roadster created a great sensation at the London Motor Show in October 1953 and at the New York Motor Show in February 1954; both the Competition (aka Bolide) and DeLuxe versions sold well, also thanks to their racing successes.

However, the Arnolt-Bristol packed more power than the 404, carrying a tuned version of Bristol’s Type BS1 sports-racing engine, a six-cylinder unit that harked back to the prewar BMW 328. Output was 130 horsepower (Bristol touring-car engines were usually rated at 105 bhp in this period). Gearbox and brakes came from Bristol’s earlier 403 coupe-sedan.

Only 142 Arnolt Bristols were built: 85 Competion roadsters, 54 DeLuxe roadsters, 3 DeLuxe coupés.

There were very few different details between the Bolide and DeLuxe roadsters, the latter being fitted with also the hood, bumpers and side screens.

This chassis has been assembled in Italy on a Bristol chassis produced in March 1954, then sent to Arnolt Inc. in Chicago. It was for many years thought to have fallen foul of the Chicago fire which claimed a number of the cars, until it surfaced in the late 1970s. This car was raced in the SCCA series in Texas.
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history - owners & events
1979 - 1980
owner: Mike Kendrick |
1980 - 1995
owner: Charles Alberto Borie | United States - Florida
1995 - 18th August 2005
owner: Abba Kogan |
18th August 2005
Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars
| Monterey (CA) | United States - California
18th August 2005 - 2011
owner: Christopher Gardener |
price: $ 49.350
17th May 2012 - 20th May 2012
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Ger Bas
co-driver: Lorenzo Bas
entry number: 317
10th October 2012 - 13th October 2012
Targa Florio Classic
| Palermo (PA) | Italy
driver: Ger Bas
co-driver: Janet Bas
entry number: 145
16th May 2013 - 19th May 2013
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Ger Bas
co-driver: Lorenzo Bas
entry number: 221
15th May 2014 - 18th May 2014
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Ger Bas
co-driver: Lorenzo Bas
entry number: 287
8th October 2016 - 9th October 2016
Coppa Franco Mazzotti
| Brescia | Italy
driver: Ger Bas
co-driver: Janet Bas
entry number: 41


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