Bristol's tweaks at 60
7 March 2006

Quirky British car manufacturer Bristol is celebrating its 60th birthday in 2006 with typically mild revisions to its line-up.

The firm, formed immediately after World War II as a division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, has expanded its range from one model to three over the last five years. For 2006, it will continue to produce the Blenheim 3, the aluminium-bodied two-door saloon with a 5.9-litre V8 engine, and the Figher, the two-door sportscar with a claimed maximum speed of 240mph.

The Blenheim Speedster model, meanwhile, gets a new 5.7-litre HEMI V8 powerplant producing 370bhp and a five-speed automatic gearbox.

Bristol does not release sales or production figures, but it claims that a buoyant right-hand drive market has forced it to delay export production.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK