Books on Bristol Cars

Caveat Emptor: Prices can vary widely in the collectors’ field, and dealers will try it on. One book below is currently offered online from £195 to over £1000. We paid £35 for our copy.

Design and the Bristol Car

by Dr John D. Hobbs

  • Publisher: Butterfield Press (published in June 2019)

Design and the Bristol Car contains a description of the evolution of draughting techniques from the shipbuilding days, through aviation design and car design into the CAD-era, interspersed with the life story of Dudley Hobbs, chief designer at Bristol Cars from 1946 to 1976.

The second part of the book contains: Fascinating reports from the Bristol Aeroplane Company visits (by Dudley Hobbs) to Geneva, Lugano and Milan, the Paris and Geneva Motorshows and Carrozzeria Touring / A critical appraisal of the work of Dudley Hobbs by a current car designer / The pre-war history of the BMW 326, 327 and 328, which might be described as the first Bristols.

See also the post in the Newsblog

The Bristol Aeroplane Company:  Car Division  

by Palawan Press –  2018
The book comprises over 300 high quality  factory photographs of car construction, testing and racing with press and publicity shots, all from the 1947- 61 era of 2 litre production under the wing of the Bristol Aeroplane Co.

  • Foreword by Sir George White and text by Trustees and supporters of the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust.
  • See Palawan website for more details.

Bristol Cars: A Very British Story

by Christopher Balfour

  • Hardcover 432 pages
  • Publisher Haynes Publishing (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-101844254070

Bristol Cars and Engines

byJ.K. Setright

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher Motor Racing Publications Ltd (10 Sept. 1974)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10090054922X
  • ISBN-13978-0900549229

Bristol Cars 1946-2012 (A Brooklands Portfolio)

by M. Clarke

  • Paperback 368 pages
  • Publisher Brooklands Books Ltd (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-101855209527

Bristol Cars (C P Press)

by Colin Pitt (Author)

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: C P Press; First Edition edition (9 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:1841556459
  • ISBN-13:978-1841556451

Bristol Cars Ultimate Portfolio

by Colin Pitt (Author)

  •   1 customer review *
  • Paperback:128 pages
  • Publisher: C P Press (4 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:1841558222

A PRIVATE CAR: An Account of the Bristol

by L.J.K. SETRIGHT (Author)

  • Hardcover: 491 pages (2 volume set)
  • Publisher: PALAWAN PRESS; 1st edition (1998)
  • ASIN:B004R30EGQ

Bristol Cars Model by Model

by Michael Palmer (Author)

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (23 Nov. 2015)
  • ISBN-10:1785000764

Bristol: The Quiet Survivor

by Charles Oxley (Author)

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Oxley-Sidey (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:185421019XA

Bristol: An Illustrated History

by Charles Oxley (Author)

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (29 Oct. 1990)
  • Language: English

Round the World with 10 DPG

by Geoffrey and Hilary Herdman (Authors)

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Geoffrey & Hilary Herdman (May 2013)
  • ISBN-10:0957616805

Touring Superleggera: Giant among Classic Italian Coachbuilders

by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni (Author)

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Libreria dell’Automobile (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:2851201743

BMW 328: From Roadster to Legend

by Rainer Simons  (Author)

  • Hardcover – 1996 (Includes a detailed chapter on the Bristol connection)
  • Publisher: Bruckmann / BMW Mobile Tradition; First English Text Edition edition (1996)