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Fontwell House, Fontwell Park, Sussex, BN18 0SX
1985 BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER
The distinctive Zagato penned styling and unique roof options are like no other large convertible, with the Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible and Bentley Turbo being the likeliest competitors when introduced. Indeed, the Bristol was priced almost identically to the Bentley 8 during its production life.
In keeping with its aircraft heritage all body panels are in aluminium and the car was painstakingly hand-built at Filton, Bristol, in the shadow of Concorde’s birthplace. Of the Beaufighters produced few have the desirable removable targa roof section which in itself is fitted with a removable sunroof, although all vehicles have the convertible Coupe de Ville folding rear section some with a hard top option in addition. For flexibility of convertible cruising options the Beaufighter is unbeatable. The car is endowed with the standard Bristol 5.9 litre V8 but in Beaufighter guise is fitted with a Roto-Master turbo providing over 330 bhp, huge levels of torque, 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. Positive and sensitive ZF steering, all round adjustable Koni shock absorbers and up-rated suspension all provide the surprisingly stable handling that you would expect of a marque with a motor racing pedigree, whilst at the same time accommodating five adults in supreme comfort. This fascinating car is supplied with a UK registration document, and relevant books and manuals. While the engine and transmission in good condition but in need of a little cosmetic attention, this is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a super rare, fast, luxurious British GT car at a very attractive price.
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