1948 Bristol 401 Touring
Bristol 401 Touring Vin 410-1-217-Body N°3256
In 1947 Bristol Commissioned Touring Superleggera to design and engineer the body of their second model, the 401. Bristol planned to add their own expertise in aerodynamics to Touring’s patented “Superleggera” construction technique and flair for excellence to create a “compact, lightweight, high performance international sporting car for the family”.
Bristol dismissed the project, but the co-operation resulted in a limited batch of 7-8 cars coach built in Milan- with aluminium-panelled body on a tiny steel tubular frame. The Touring design became known as the Villa D’Este style.