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Bristol Type 405D - 2 Litre Drophead Coupé

Production: 1954 - 1958

This Type was the company's 2nd and less speculative production of a Drophead Coupé. However, unlike its stablemate the Type 405 Saloon, it was to be part bodied outwith the works under a contract placed with ED Abbott Ltd of Farnham. The Type 405 D body option was introduced, along with the Type 405 Saloon, in 1954, but unlike the Type 405 Saloon, it was manufactured only to order. 51 of these attractive bodies were made. Production of the Type 405 D ceased in 1958.

For the first time, we are able to offer a short (1Mb) video clip (.asf format) (.asf format) of a 405 Drophead in motion. Clearly this video technology (and our expertise with it) is at a very early stage. The apparent explosion and puff of smoke at the rear are in fact a puff of wind on an unprotected microphone, and a trick of the light on an unshielded lens, respectively. If your browser cannot display this file, it may be worth trying downloading the file to your machine's disk drive and then opening it from there.