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Old 19-04-17, 03:21 PM
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Hello,

I am very interested in a Bristol 404. Preferably a not restored, unchanged car from private ownership and matching numbers. I am happy to pay a realistic price for a good, original car. Thank you for any help or advice.

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Desmo
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Old 20-04-17, 09:59 AM
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Desmo ,
as your probably already know there were only 51 404's make in total , and a few of those would have been destroyed or wrecked.
Most have been restored over the years and some possibly twice .
Your chances of getting an unrestored original car is slim, I hope you are a young patient person as it could take 20 years for a suitable 404 to your specification to come up for sale .
Regarding values , I'd imaging you would have to pay around GBP150k to buy any 404 regardless of condition ,and in my opinion undervalued at that price level .
I recommend if you find any 404 within your price range just buy it .

If you get disheartened during your search ,you could always consider buying another type of 6 cylinder Bristol of which more were made and are usually cheaper.

Good Luck in your search.

Geoff Dowdle
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Old 20-04-17, 08:25 PM
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Hello Geoff,

Thank you for your information and your thoughts. Of course I have remain patient. Thank you again.

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Desmo
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Old 26-07-17, 09:22 PM
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Hello,

Still looking for a nice example. The chance to compare to cars is nearly impossible. So can you give me any advice or support, how I can recognize a genuine 404 to be sure that she is not a fake or a replica car ? Are there any very special points I should note except of a good documented history ? Many thanks for your help.

Desmo
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Old 27-07-17, 12:36 AM
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Desmo,
Check the chassis number and engine number .
Take plenty of photos,
depending on location get a Bristol specialist (or an official from one of the Bristol clubs) to inspect the car
These 404's are all well known and the history of most is recorded.
I have not heard of a fake or replica 404 in existence .

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Old 27-07-17, 04:08 PM
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Hello,

Is the chassis or car number to find only at the brass car number tag or also on other chassis or body places and is a non matching engine or gearbox car a point not to take a 404 in a closer choice ?
Thank you.

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Desmo
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Old 28-07-17, 11:16 AM
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Have you found a car yet ??
Or is this all theoretical ??
With so few cars made you can not be too fussy .
A few of the 404s have later D2 or 110 engines fitted, some owners treat these as an positive , but others a negative .
Many Bristols of all types have been upgraded with later engines, gearboxes, brakes etc . Sometimes by BCL .
As I mentioned before take photos of the car , chassis and ID plates , ask for history and previous registered numbers and I'm sure the car will be well known.

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Old 28-07-17, 01:12 PM
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Hello,

Not really Geoff. Only one not confirmed offer and waiting for details. But I like to be prepered. I do not have any knowlegde about these model and do not find good literature describing these cars.

Desmo
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