Bristol 404 Fixed Head Coupé model joined the 403 Saloon in the autumn of 1953. It is a handsome short wheelbase two/ four-seater (occasional small rear seats could be folded down to take extra luggage), powered by the 1971 -cc engine with 8.5:1 compression ratio as standard and featuring a light-alloy panelled body on a wooden frame (the doors have aluminium frames). The tail-fin-like extensions on the rear wings are functional (for aerodynamic stability) and not merely decorative.
Bristol imposing array comprising the proven 403 saloon, the short 404 Coupé, a left-hand drive Bristol-Arnolt and the new long 405 saloon, that looks as though it might bend in the middle at first glance, it being so low and long. The Arnolt-Bristol was interesting, being a light but well-equipped two-seater with body by Bertone of Italy, to a specification by Arnolt of America, and mechanical components supplied by Bristol. Altogether a rather pleasing collection of ideas, the result being a sports Bristol 2-litre.
(Paris report, October '54)
Bristol 404 and 403
Bristol 404 and the new 405 Saloon.
|24h Le Mans 13.06.1954||Entrant:||Results:||Perf.
|#33||450||Wisdom / Fairman||Bristol||8th||2nd - 1501-2000||9th|
|#34||450||Keen / Line||Bristol||9th||3rd - 1501-2000||12th|
|#35||450||Wilson / Mayers||Bristol||7th||1st - 1501-2000||7th|
Le Mans team.