Bristol Blenheim 2002
- Vehicle Overview
Considering the overall design and mechanics of the Bristol Blenheim 3 haven't changed much since 1976, it's no surprise the automaker was recently bought out due to financial issues. Even for a boutique British carmaker, Bristol is an eccentric company. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as its reputation for quality work has earned it a loyal following over the years, and that's how it prefers things. But its peculiar habit of actively avoiding any kind of publicity whatsoever is the kind of thing which makes Morgan look downright mainstream (more on that later in the series). And as you would expect from such a company, its models have very long lifespans. Much like BMW, Bristol started off as an airplane company, but unlike BMW, it wouldn't be until after WWII that it would get into building cars. In fact, it could be said that WWII played an important role in the move to car-building for Bristol. In1945, one of Bristol's directors, a man named HJ Aldington, used his military connections to visit the bombed BMW factory in Munich. He then... we'll call it "liberated" some plans for pre-war BMW cars and took them back to the UK. With these, he established a car division at Bristol, which would eventually make a complete break from the aircraft company in 1960. Early cars were a sort of hodgepodge of copied BMW components. The first car, the 400, used a 326 chassis, a 327 body and a 328 engine. Nobody got all that upset about anything having been taken from Nazi Germany, and with Bristol trying to sell pre-war designs in a post-war world, it had really put itself at more of a disadvantage than anything else. But this didn’t last forever, and Bristol was soon using its own designs and from 1961 until the present day, its engines have been supplied by Chrysler. Its cars are hand-built, but Bristol is incredibly secretive about things like horsepower figures and even prices on some of its models. Bristol recently ended up in the toilet, financially speaking (shocking, we know), and has been bought out by a bigger company. It’s possible that things will begin to changer under new management, maybe even to the point where it’ll answer a damn question or two. Of course, this might be risk alienating its tweedy clientele, so don’t get your hopes up. For now, The Bristol Blenheim is one of the oldest platforms which you can still buy new in a first-world country, and if that’s going to change anytime soon, nobody is telling the press. Please come and view this beautiful car at our boutique showroom at Orsett hall Hotel in Essex. By appointment only please.