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BRISTOL 405 Drophead Coupe 1954-1958

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958

The British car company Bristol started to build more cars for passion rather than for family usage and the 405 Drophead Coupe was a good example. It was produced in a very small number.

Bristol started to move away from its connection with the German car-maker BMW. They built cars together before WWII and up until the 404 model its products even had the “kidney grille” in the front. The 405 continued the evolution of the brand identity of its own. To spice things up, the convertible version was introduced, in the form of the Drophead Coupe.

The front of the car featured the new “bomber” nose, inspired by the Beaufighter airplane built by Bristol during WWII. On the radiator's grille, the manufacturer installed the third headlight to improve the night driving experience. The bodywork was made by E D Abbott Limited from Farnham, U.K. According to some historians, only 42 vehicles were made.

Due to a long wheelbase, the Bristol 405 Drophead Coupe offered four seats inside. It was not intended to be a sports car, but more of a convertible gran-tourer. The instrument panel was inspired by WWII planes, with more gauges installed in front of the driver. The steering wheel featured a special design, with two curved spokes.

The engine was an evolution over the BMW 2.0-liter inline-six unit found in the 327/328 before WWII. It had a higher compression ratio and was fed by three Solex carburetors. In that setup, the car produced 125 hp, which was very high for that era. To stop the car, the 405 was offered with an option for front disc brakes and most of the buyers did that or upgraded it later

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BRISTOL 405 Drophead Coupe 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 4MT (107 HP)
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BRISTOL 405 Drophead Coupe 2.0L 4MT (107 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 4MT (107 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
1971 cm3
Power
78.7 KW @ 5000 RPM
107 HP @ 5000 RPM
106 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
124 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
168 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
3 Carburetors
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
110 mph (177 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
6.00x16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.3 in (4351 mm)
Width
68 in (1727 mm)
Height
55.4 in (1407 mm)
Front/rear Track
52.4/54 in (1,331/1,372 mm)
Wheelbase
96.3 in (2446 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2782 lbs (1262 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
20.8 mpg US (11.3 L/100Km)
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