Is it a World War II British light bomber or is it a car? Trick question —it’s both. The Bristol Blenheim bomber was made by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, which helped co-found Bristol Cars. That company made the Blenheim grand touring car through the 1990s, with the revised Blenheim 3 appearing in 1999 and remaining in production today.
It was shaped by a Formula 1 designer. It’s exclusive. It’s original. It’s hyper-fast. It’s a Great British supercar. It’s the Bristol 10. Following in the tradition of naming cars after aircraft, the Bristol Fighter 10’s inspiration was a sturdy World War I biplane. Ironically, the car is capable of cruising at a higher speed than many modern light aircraft. Continue reading “Bristol Fighter 10 – 2002”
When is a Bristol not a Bristol? In the case of the Bristol car company, which started production after World War II, the answer is ‘when it’s really a BMW’. For though the sinuous Bristol 400 touring car did indeed bear a Bristol badge, it borrowed heavily from the prewar BMW 328, which the German company had actually exported as a rolling chassis to Britain, where it was bodied and sold by Frazer Nash.