1963 Bristol 408

The 408 is a rear wheel drive coupé road car with a front located engine, manufactured by Bristol. The 8 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated engine has 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 5.1 litres. It develops power and torque figures of 250 bhp (253 PS/186 kW) at 4400 rpm and 460 Nm (339 lbft/46.9 kgm) at 2800 rpm respectively. Power is supplied to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic gearbox. Stated kerb weight is 1600 kg. It is said to be able to manage a maxiumum speed of 203 km/h (126 mph).

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Key facts

1963 Bristol 408 information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
4915 mm
How heavy?
1600 kg
What size engine?
5.1 litre, 5130 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
253 PS / 250 bhp / 186 kW @ 4400 rpm
How much torque?
460 Nm / 339 ft.lb / 46.9 kgm @ 2800 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 9.2 s
How fast?
203 km/h, 126 mph

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1963 Bristol 408 data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2896 114
Track/tread (front) 1346 53
Track/tread (rear) 1384 54.5
Length 4915 193.5
Width 1727 68
Height 1500 59.1
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.7
Kerb weight 1600 kg 3527
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Chrysler
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 5.1 litre
5130 cc
(313.052 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 98.55 × 84.07 mm
3.88 × 3.31 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.17
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 253 PS (250 bhp) (186 kW)
at 4400 rpm
Specific output 48.7 bhp/litre
0.8 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 460 Nm (339 ft·lb) (46.9 kgm)
at 2800 rpm
Specific torque 89.67 Nm/litre
1.08 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 9:1
Fuel system 1 Ca carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1126.8 kPa (163.4 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 641.25 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 7.2 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 9.2 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 17 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 203 km/h (126 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 158.42 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
116.52 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
156.25 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.07 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 8.58 kg/kW
14.34 lb/bhp
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
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Di-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.31
general
Carfolio.com ID51403
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 48.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1963 Bristol 408 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.