The Best of British Engineering – From Planes To Cars
Bristol Cars Limited has been manufacturing luxury cars to aircraft standards since 1946
The Car Division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company was formed in 1946. It has been known to the public as Bristol Cars, and remains the last remaining descendant of the aircraft company to bear the name ‘Bristol’.
Bristol has been building cars in traditional coach built fashion since that day. Originally an innovative manufacturer, it became the last bastion of traditional bespoke coach-built luxury cars, until such an approach became uneconomic in 2011 without large scale investment.
The company is undergoing a renaissance under new ownership by the Frazer-Nash Group. It is returning to the cutting edge of bespoke car building, designed around its parent company’s proprietary hybrid /electric drivetrain. The history of Bristol Cars is the history of British manufacturing from the second world war, with a magnificent blend of artisanship, engineering, dogged determination and the pursuit of function over form.