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Bristol Cars Goes Bust.

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I'm surprised they lasted this long. Although their cars are beautifully made, their Blenheim model is a technical contemporary of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud of the late 50's, but with styling from the late 1970's!

It's sad to see Bristol go, but their customer base has probably died off - literally.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-12641665

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I'm surprised they lasted this long. Although their cars are beautifully made, their Blenheim model is a technical contemporary of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud of the late 50's, but with styling from the late 1970's!

It's sad to see Bristol go, but their customer base has probably died off - literally.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ristol-12641665

As a classic car lover its a shame but I agree with all you say.

So little left from the great days of British motor engineering.

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The fixed labour cost for the 10,000 mile service (10 hours)...

:huh: HOW LONG?! Oil 'n' filter change on anything mainstream...and normally at upwards of 12500 miles.

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Perhaps the administrators will find a new owner but the cars would have to change. The 'Bristol' name must be worth something.

So little left from the great days of British motor engineering.
Although Bristol Cars did stop building their own engines in the late 50's and fitted American Chrysler V8s and auto gearboxes from then on. In fact even Bristol's own 6-cylinder engine and indeed the original post-war Bristol car were BMW designs, obtained I think as war reparations.

I guess the great days of British motor engineering were from 1948 to 1968. Starting in 1948 with the Morris Minor*, Jaguar XK120 and Land Rover and ending with the Range Rover in 1971. In between came the landmarks of BMC Mini and 1100/1300, Jaguar E-Type and XJ6, Hillman Imp, AEC Routemaster bus, MGB#, Rover P6 2000, Aston Martin DB4 and the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Even the original Ford Transit van with its unreliable V4 engine was designed in Britain.

* Although it had to wait a few years to get the famous Austin 'A' series engine after Austin and Morris merged to form BMC.

# The MGB might have been fairly basic in terms of automotive engineering, borrowing most of its mechanical bits from the Austin Cambridge, but it looked so right and did what it looked like it was meant to do.

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Perhaps the administrators will find a new owner but the cars would have to change. The 'Bristol' name must be worth something.

Although Bristol Cars did stop building their own engines in the late 50's and fitted American Chrysler V8s and auto gearboxes from then on. In fact even Bristol's own 6-cylinder engine and indeed the original post-war Bristol car were BMW designs, obtained I think as war reparations.

I guess the great days of British motor engineering were from 1948 to 1968. Starting in 1948 with the Morris Minor*, Jaguar XK120 and Land Rover and ending with the Range Rover in 1971. In between came the landmarks of BMC Mini and 1100/1300, Jaguar E-Type and XJ6, Hillman Imp, AEC Routemaster bus, MGB#, Rover P6 2000, Aston Martin DB4 and the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Even the original Ford Transit van with its unreliable V4 engine was designed in Britain.

* Although it had to wait a few years to get the famous Austin 'A' series engine after Austin and Morris merged to form BMC.

# The MGB might have been fairly basic in terms of automotive engineering, borrowing most of its mechanical bits from the Austin Cambridge, but it looked so right and did what it looked like it was meant to do.

A generally good list of UK classics (especially the XK120) but cars as bad as the Hillman Imp explain why the "British motor industry" eventually went to the wall.

Curiously, we do make a lot of cars still, for multinationals, and a lot of design is performed in the UK, but we no longer regard it as a British industry.

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In my opinion they were as ugly as sin. The Blenheim is an aberration. The ugliest car since the Citroen Ami. I always wondered who bought them and now I realise the answer was 'no one'.

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