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Old 22-03-22, 11:16 AM
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Default 401 for sale for restoration

I am selling a complete 401 rhd n1225, original mechanics but the engine block has cracks to be repaired. correct body and chassis. the interior elements are all present (seats, counters, etc.) except for a wooden dashboard panel. everything will have to be renovated. the car is located in France (Normandy).
reasonable price, make offer

Philippe +33 769063414
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Old 26-03-22, 04:29 PM
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Default suite announcement sale 401 to restore

I restarted the engine after 12 years of shutdown: quarter turn start and oil pressure ok. Bristol is really a great mechanic
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Old 01-05-22, 10:00 PM
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Happy to say that after making the trip to France my partner Ana and I have bought this car. I now need to arrange transportation and also customs issues both in France for the export, and in the UK for the import of the car. It was built in 1953, and went to France in 1958 where it has been since. Can any members advise on the customs requirements on both sides of the channel? I have looked myself at HMRC and French Douane websites, but it all seems as clear as treacle. Any words of wisdom appreciated.
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Old 02-05-22, 12:27 PM
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Calibrator ,
Looking at the BCL Register in the excellent book "the Bristol Aeroplane Company , Car Division " page 372 .
It states that chassis 401/1225 , engine number 85C/2230 was despatched to Chardonnet/France (the Bristol agent) on 30th March 1953 .It was Cambridge Grey and RHD.
I can only assume it has been in France since 1953.

It is good that you have bought this car and hopefully it will be back on the road within a few years

Geoff
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Old 02-05-22, 04:17 PM
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Thank you Geoff. Id assumed it had gone to France in 1958.
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