The BMW 327 Was More Than The First Streamlined Bavarian

Not only was the 327 the first BMW designed in Munich, but also a car that later got a red/white badge instead of the blue/white. It even ended up as the Bristol 400 on the other side of the Channel. » 10/01/14 10:24am 10/01/14 10:24am

Holy Crap, There's Going To Be A New Bristol

Bristol Cars was once a pioneering maker of some remarkable cars, back in the '40s to the '60s or so, but for decades they've been this strange, hermit-like vendor of distilled and refined snobbery, and that's it. Their main offering, the Blenheim, was developed back in 1976. But it looks like that's about to change. » 9/05/14 1:30pm 9/05/14 1:30pm

Life As A Bowel Movement: Bristol's Champion Writes In

Earlier today I wrote a post about a lawsuit that Bristol Cars just lost. I called Bristol "weird," and said that its cars were known for "iffy construction quality." Apparently, this was wrong. And somebody wrote in just to let us know. » 11/23/13 6:54pm 11/23/13 6:54pm

Bristol Cars Still Pissing Off Everybody, As Is Traditional

Bristol Cars was a small British manufacturer that was famous for being one of the most mercurial, obscure, and downright befuddling of all the small British manufacturers, which is a claim to fame. Despite declaring bankruptcy and getting new owners, though, it looks like they're still just pissing off people. » 11/23/13 10:27am 11/23/13 10:27am

You'll Never Guess Where They Put The Spare Wheel

With run-flat tires and space-saver spares for the extra trunk space (and cost savings), one can really appreciate that starting from 1953, a car maker came up with a solution which gave customers a full-sized spare without wasting luggage space. » 3/26/13 1:39pm 3/26/13 1:39pm

The Shape-Shifting Platypus of Vintage BMW’s

Take one part Talbot–Lago, one part Bugatti, season with a dab of Ferrari and a dash of Gullwing Mercedes, and you end up with this Bavarian chimæra of taxative desperation: the 1955 BMW 326 LeBlond. » 11/11/10 3:30pm 11/11/10 3:30pm

Who Wants to Drive the VW Beetle Powered By Poo?

70 homes' waste is enough to power this eco-friendly VW Beetle for a year. Whether you'd want to drive the "Powered by your own waste!"-emblazoned car is another thing entirely, however. » 8/05/10 12:48pm 8/05/10 12:48pm

Porsche Panamera Styling Inspiration Discovered

It's been just over a year since the Porsche Panamera's official images debuted here. Surprisingly, it's taken this long for the real inspiration of the weirdo shape to be uncovered, say 'ello to to the Bristol 405. [TTAC] » 11/30/09 4:45pm 11/30/09 4:45pm

The Man Who Loved Bristols

Speaking of Bristols, here’s their greatest champion LJK Setright presenting the prizes at a Bristol Owners Club event in September 2004. Click through for another photo. » 10/14/09 9:00am 10/14/09 9:00am

Lucky Hungarian Drives $370,000 Viper-Engined Bristol Fighter

One of motoring journalism’s enduring myths is the inability to test drive Bristol cars, enforced by the experiences of Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May. A Hungarian road test editor has beaten the odds. » 10/12/09 1:00pm 10/12/09 1:00pm

The Dilemma Facing British Car Shoppers In 1951: Alvis, Bristol, or…

The last round of print ads from old issues of Autocar was a lot of fun, so I've scanned another batch from 1951. We've got everything from the Rover 75 to the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. » 8/23/09 2:30pm 8/23/09 2:30pm

Banksy Bristol Museum Installation Features Burned-Out Ice-Cream Truck

A burned-out ice-cream truck is at the center of 100 never-before-seen works pseudo-anonymous graffiti artist Banksy has installed at Bristol's council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, replacing many of the UK museum's regular artifacts. [BBC] » 6/12/09 8:30am 6/12/09 8:30am

1956 Arnolt Bristol Deluxe Roadster for a Classic $165,000!

If you're crazy about classic roadsters with racing heritage, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has found one that you'll go totally wacky over. » 6/12/09 7:00am 6/12/09 7:00am

Project Car Hell, King Of LeMons Edition: Bristol 408 or Beetle Limo?

Welcome to Project Car Hell » 10/28/08 5:20pm 10/28/08 5:20pm, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Yesterday, the "get out of jail free" supercharged Beretta edged out the "must stand 100 feet back to take the photo" Mazda Millenia in , in a 54:46 split vote. For today, we're going with a…

Top Ten Most Important NASCAR Crashes Of All Time

Our friends at Popular Mechanics » 9/19/08 4:15pm 9/19/08 4:15pm have put together a list of what they consider the top ten most influential crashes in NASCAR history, complete with video. These ten smash-ups were influential not in how they changed the course of a single race, but in how they got us to today's "Car of Tomorrow," a race car that is…

London Man's Bristol Accidentally Crushed by Authorities

Crikey, Humbert! Golly, Gumpert! Fackin' feck, Q-bert! 51-year-old Mendoza Stewart purchased a '72 Bristol 411 a few years ago. In 2004, he parked it in a legal spot near his home in Kennington, only to find that it had been hauled off by the council and then removed from the flatbed with a mechanical claw,… » 4/11/07 7:45pm 4/11/07 7:45pm

On A Wing And A Prayer: NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Becomes Car of Today At…

It ain't a Superbird, but hell, at least the new car's got a wing. Yeah, we know, it's still NASCAR, but whatevs, maybe today's race with the new Car o' Tomorrow will be more crash-tacular. We'll see. The race begins at 1:30 EST today at Bristol...I think it's the fast Food City 500 or something. » 3/25/07 2:06pm 3/25/07 2:06pm

Welcome To The NASCAR "Car Of Tomorrow-ow-ow"

Get your jet fuel and oxidant ready Waltrip, NASCAR is introducing the "Car Of Tomorrow" after five years of testing (it takes a lot of engineering to drive in a circle). Designed to improve safety, performance, competition and cost efficiency for teams, the Car of Tomorrow fits all four current templates (Ford,… » 2/22/07 5:18pm 2/22/07 5:18pm

More on the 1000+ Horsepower Bristol Fighter

Bristol released more info on its new, batshit-mad, Dodge Viper-powered Fighter. It'll be dubbed the Fighter T, and the final numbers total 1,012 hp and 1,036 lb.-ft of torque (at 4500 rpm) via a couple of turbos and twin intercoolers feeding the 8.0-liter ten banger. The chassis is 30% stiffer than its predecessor,… » 11/07/06 9:07am 11/07/06 9:07am