1954 Arnolt-Bristol Competition

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When the American MG and Bristol importer Stanley “Wacky” Arnolt saw two prototypes of a sportscar on the Bertone stand during the 1952 Turin motorshow, he was so impressed that he ordered 100 examples of each.

He arranged that MG shipped the chassis to Turin, where the cars were bodied by Bertone, and so the Arnolt-MG was born. Beside MG, the company S.H. Arnolt was also the American distributor of Bristol Cars, and following on the success of the MG derived Arnolt, he commissioned Bertone to make a bespoke body for the Bristol 404. Inspired by his famous BAT Alfa Romeo’s, Bertone-designer Franco Scaglione created a fantastic looking roadster : the 1953 Arnolt-Bristol. The car was built by Bertone on a chassis with 2,0 Litre straight six engine from Bristol Cars. In total 142 chassis were shipped to Turin, but twelve were destroyed in a fire. This means that only 130 examples of this gorgeous sportscar were ever made, and it is believed that less than 100 registered cars are still in existence.

The Arnolt-Bristol Competition Albion is offering for sale has chassisnr 3072 and comes with quite some history. It was first registered in August 1954, and entered in the 1955 Sebring 12 hrs race driven by John Panks and Ernie Erickson. The car won the 2 litre class. In the general classification, this car with start number 60 arrived on the 18th position which was quite an achievement. After Sebring, the Arnolt-Bristol was raced again at Lime Rock Park and Torrey Pines, driven by George Carr. In the eighties, #3072 arrived in the Tom Trotman collection. In 1995, the car was sold to Douglais Blain, who ordered a full restoration by Jim Young, famous Bristol specialist. After this restoration, the Arnolt-Bristol won several concours d’elegance and obtained a FIVA passport. Between 2000 and 2005, it was entered in several historic races, and when bought by Geoffrey O’Connell it was completely rebuilt again for competition and it got a FIA HTP in 2008. The car has participated several times in the Goodwood Revival and Silverstone Classic.

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