Resources for Bristol Cars

Bristol Cars Ltd


Bristol Cars Ltd have a lifetime’s expertise on all their own models, staff with decades of experience, and a stock of spares that goes back in some cases to the 1940s. It is always worth asking them about spares or servicing first, so please support our manufacturer. Here’s a link to their service website.

Service Centre

19 Shield Drive,
West Cross Centre,
Great West Road,
Brentford, TW8 9EX
Tel 0208 560 1600


368-370 Kensington High St, London W14 8NL
020 7603 5555


Inracing of Nottingham produce new Bristol cylinder heads and complete engines; primarily aimed at the racing market, which consumes 2 litre engines. Usable 2 litre cylinder heads are becoming vanishingly rare.

Palm Street,
New Basford,
Nottingham, NG7 7HS
Tel +44 (0)115 978 0663

Brisparts Ltd (formerly American Car Care Services)

Can provide overdrive conversions for V8 engines, rebuilds, and other upgrades.

57-65 Randells Road, Islington, London, N1 0DH 020 7278 9786 (No website)

Spencer Lane Jones

Spencer Lane-Jones Ltd of Warminster: established 26 years ago, specialists in servicing, repair and restoration of all Bristol models.

Mitchell Motors


Classic paintwork and restoration, specialising in Bristols. The Mitchel Motors Special is pictured above and can be seen in action on the link

Charlie Russell

Singlehanded Wiltshire based specialist Bristol servicing and restoration. Ex Spencer Lane-Jones.

01373 832220, 07714 330683

Greg Lowe

Bristol restorer / specialist in the North (near York) with a large selection of new and used parts available. 07799431240

 Brian May

Birmingham based longterm Bristol enthusiast, raconteur and mechanic.

497 Peterbrook Road
Shirley, West Midlands
B90 1HZ
0121 430 3767

JEL 450

Impassioned account of total rebuild, and much use, of a 400 by Ashley James. Many interesting links, owners tales, sources, and tips of the trade.

The Bristol Owners Club

Has a range of activities, from the purely social – specialist seminars, tests of driving skill, team events – to the annual Concours d’Élégance, dinners, pub lunches and the celebrated Geoffrey’s overseas tours, which have been known to involve a certain degree of quite exhaustive gastronomic and oenological research. Subscription £50.00 per year.


The Bristol Owners and Drivers Association is dedicated to:

  • Helping you find the parts you need
  • Supporting the manufacture of rare items (search for the subsidiary Pegasus Parts Ltd )
  • Providing the help and advice you need to maintain, restore or repair your car

Much of the information needed to mend a poorly Bristol can be found on this site. We have a forum  and a panel of experts just a phone call away.

Annual Membership £30, and you have the option of very kindly adding a £5 donation for this Charitable Trust.


The Bristol Owners Club of Australia founded in 1966 has 140 members. It seeks to support and encourage Bristol owners to use and enjoy their Motor Vehicles.
Organises local and national day runs, social events and rallies through the year.
The Club produces a newsletter and holds a collection of journals, magazines and books. There is a registry of Australian owned Bristols.

Overseas membership is Aus$110.

The Forum Available for Information and Discussion

The Yahoo BOC forum is moderated by the BOC. It is available to anyone who has registered and abides by the conditions of posting.

An independent Forum run from NZ is the Bristol Cars – Owners and Enthusiasts Forum which can be viewed by anyone but you must register to post

The BODA forum on the Bristol Owners and Drivers Association website contains a public forum as well as a members only forum.

Books about 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.

Bristol Cars: A Very British Story

Hardcover – 8 Oct 2009

by Christopher Balfour

  • Hardcover:432 pages
  • Publisher:Haynes Publishing (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1844254070
  • Amazon Rating 4.5 stars

Bristol Cars and Engines

Hardcover – 10 Sep 1974

byJ.K. Setright

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher:Motor Racing Publications Ltd (10 Sept. 1974)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:090054922X
  • ISBN-13:978-0900549229

Bristol Cars 1946-2012 (A Brooklands Portfolio)

Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Jun 2013

by M. Clarke

  • (Author) Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher:Brooklands Books Ltd (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1855209527
  • Amazon rating 4.5 stars

Bristol Cars (C P Press)

Paperback – 9 Jan 2008

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

Amazon Rating 4.5 stars

Bristol Cars Ultimate Portfolio

Paperback – 4 Sep 2011

by Colin Pitt (Author)

  •   1 customer review *
  • Paperback:128 pages
  • Publisher:C P Press (4 Sept. 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1841558222
  • Amazon Rating 2 stars

A PRIVATE CAR: An Account of the Bristol

2 Volume set; Hardcover – 1998

by L.J.K. SETRIGHT (Author)

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

Bristol Cars Model by Model

Hardcover – 23 Nov 2015

by Michael Palmer (Author)

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

Bristol: The Quiet Survivor

Hardcover – 1988

by Charles Oxley (Author)

  • Hardcover:228 pages
  • Publisher:Oxley-Sidey (1988)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:185421019X
  • Amazon Rating 5 stars

Bristol: An Illustrated History

Hardcover – 29 Oct 1990

by Charles Oxley (Author)

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

Amazon Rating 5 stars

Round the World with 10 DPG

Paperback – May 2013

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

Hardcover – 1983

by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni (Author)

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

History and restoration of a 400

“a very thorough and eclectic description of Ashley James ‘  ownership, driving, repair and restoration of his  superb 400  .  Well recommended! ”

  • link to information, please click on a date in the calendar to view: Ashley James


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.