1948 Bristol 401

The Bristol 401 is a coupé with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which supplies the power through the rear wheels. Its 6 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated engine has 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 2 litres. This unit provides power and torque figures of 85 bhp (86 PS/63 kW) at 4500 rpm and 145 Nm (107 lbft/14.8 kgm) at 3500 rpm respectively. This power is supplied to the wheels by means of a 4 speed manual gearbox.

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1948 Bristol 401 information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
4826 mm
What size engine?
2 litre, 1971 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
86 PS / 85 bhp / 63 kW @ 4500 rpm
How much torque?
145 Nm / 107 ft.lb / 14.8 kgm @ 3500 rpm

Bristol 401 models

Bristol 401 -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 1971 cm3 86 PS 85 bhp 63 kW 1225 kg

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1948 Bristol 401 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2896 mm 114 inches
Track/tread (front) 1314 mm 51.7 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1372 mm 54 inches
Length 4826 mm 190 inches
Width 1702 mm 67 inches
Height 1524 mm 60 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.67
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 77.3 litres 17 UK Gal 20.4 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Bristol
Engine code 85C
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2 litre
1971 cc
(120.278 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 66 × 96 mm
2.6 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.69
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 86 PS (85 bhp) (63 kW)
at 4500 rpm
Specific output 43.1 bhp/litre
0.71 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 145 Nm (107 ft·lb) (14.8 kgm)
at 3500 rpm
Specific torque 73.57 Nm/litre
0.89 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 7.5:1
Fuel system 3 Solex 32 BI carburettors
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 924.5 kPa (134.1 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 328.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.TL.
Rear suspension LA.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 5.50 x 16
Tyres rear 5.50 x 16
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.90
general
Carfolio.com ID251702
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1948 Bristol 401 added 2011-08-12.
Last modified 2013-02-28.