Bristol Type 402 - 2 litre Drophead Coup�
Production: 1949 - 1950
The Type 402 was the third production model produced by the company. Introduced in 1949, it was produced concurrently with Types 400 and 401. It was the first production series drophead manufactured by the company. Produced to order, cars were leaving the factory from 1949 to 1950. Manufacture of the Type 402 Drophead ceased in 1950.
This model was fabricated with the same body features as the first series 401 and can be identified as such by the ridge along the lower body panels. As in the early 401 saloon, the instrumentation and controls are Ivory coloured. Only 22 of these cars were produced.
Prior to this venture, a small number of Type 400 and Type 401 driven chassis were bodied as dropheads. These chassis were sent principally to Farina, but some were also sent to a small number of other, perhaps less well known, design houses, e.g. Beutler, Langenthal and others. One 403 saloon is also known to have been later reconstructed by its owner in the fashion of the Type 402.Prototype Bristol Type 402
This is a picture of a prototype 402. Note the ridge along the lower body: this is a feature shared by only the first series of its stablemate the 401 saloon. Also worthy of note in this illustration are the fitted head-rests on the front seats, which were not adopted in the final production series....
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This car was one of a pair purchased by the actor known as Stewart Granger and his then wife, the actress Jean Simmons. This may explain why this particular Bristol type has long been known as the "Hollywood Special"....