The Arnolt-Bristol is a low weight sports car. It was the brainchild of Chicago based industrial designer and car importer Mr Stanley H "Wacky” Arnolt. He married the Bristol 404’s 2.0 l engine and chassis with a body styled, once again, by Bertone, who created uniquely flamboyant lines with high swooping fenders. The underbody and engine were built at the Bristol works in Filton, England and the bodywork, designed by Scaglione himself, was carried out at the Carrozzeria Bertone works in Turin, Italy. Scaglione managed to fit the relatively high engine in the elegant, low-slung, sports car. Of the 4 variants produced, the Competition, The Bolide, The Deluxe and the Coupe, the car we have is the Bolide version, the more luxurious version of the Competition. This Arnolt-Bristol left the factory in April 1954 and was shipped to the States by Bertone. The last few years the car has been registered in the UK, where it has undergone a meticulous nut-and-bolt restoration of the car to its original condition. The result is wonderfully straight bodywork with perfect panel fittings. The car has a correct 2.0 Bristol engine. This cars performance is really fantastic. The restoration process has been documented with many 100`s of photos and invoices. Octane magazine featured a 7-page article on this car. "Wakey” formed a racing team that in `55 went on to finish first, second, and fourth in the Sports 2000 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring. No bad for a first try! Of the intended 200 cars, only 142 were ever built. 12 cars perished in a factory fire. Of the other 130, less than 85 remain in circulation today. Thanks to the rarity of this dynamic sports car, the Arnolt-Bristol is more than suitable to participate in historic rallies and races around the globe, such as the Mille Miglia, the Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo as well as the many Concours d'Elegance. This is this is inarguably one of the nicest Arnolt-Bristols in existence today and a chance for you to own this rarely available piece of automotive history.
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