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Just bought a 1972 Bristol 411 Series 3

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Old 14-12-20, 07:24 PM
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Default Just bought a 1972 Bristol 411 Series 3

Dear all,

I hope I find you all well.

Last friday I became the new owner of 1972 Bristol 411 s3 in need of full restoration.

the number plate is - NMP 83L

A question please if anyone can assist -

Do the doors, boot and other body parts (wings) of a 411 S4 fit a 411 S3 ?

I know the rear lights are different is that all ?


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Old 16-12-20, 09:01 PM
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Congratulations on your new Bristol! I wish you a fast restoration without surprises! Sorry that I do not have any information on the doors.

I just found it remarkable that in January this year I have purchased a Bristol 411 Series III 1972 with almost the same the numberplate:


What a nice concidence! (Or I do not know enough about the British licensing system...)

Best regards,

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Old 27-12-20, 11:56 PM
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In the 1970s Bristol cars were often registered in small batches so there are adjacent numbers. NMP 82 83 85 and 87 L were all used. It could be that 84 and 86 were also originally used by Bristol, but if those cars were exported or re-registered with a different plate then the records are not readily traceable.

The later cars (603 etc) were not built in sufficient numbers to be registered in batches - though there might be the odd exception.

Back in the 1970s the letters MP denoted a car registered in Greater London (as were most Bristols given that was where the showroom was). The first letter was in sequence up to number 999 when the next letter would be used (not O as it could be confused with 0) - PMP then RMP etc. The L denoted a plate issued between August 1972 and July 1973 when M was used for the following 12 months.

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