|Type 412 - Convertible
Type 412 s2 Convertible Saloon
Type 412 s3 or Beaufighter
Type 412 s3 or Beaufort Convertible
|was introduced in 1975,
was introduced in 1978,
was introduced in 1980,
was introduced in 1984,
|production ceased in 1978.|
production ceased in 1986.
production ceased in 1993.
production ceased in 1994.
In 1984 a further special "Convertible"
version, though still designated as a Type 412 s3 was fabricated without a
mid position Roll Bar and is fitted with an electric hood. This development
was named after yet another of the Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd. products -
the Bristol Beaufort.
Only one example of the Beaufort has so far been confirmed to exist in the UK..
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The body is identified immediately by the angular Zagato styling and the central Roll Bar. Large rectangular headlamps. Cast Bristol Pegasus badge mounted on the front grille. The 412 engine is a 6556cc. (400 ci.) Canadian Chrysler V-8 induction aspirated unit fitted with the Torque Flite automatic gearbox. The convertible versions have a manually operated folding rear hood section; the top roof section being a removable "Targa" style panel. Windows drop automatically about 25mm. to clear the roof when opening the doors. The 412 engine is induction aspirated.
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Note new multi coloured radiator badge replaces cast Pegasus. headlamps are as the earlier 412. The 412 s2 engine is a 5899cc. (360ci.) Canadian Chrysler V-8 induction aspirated unit fitted with the Torque Flite automatic gearbox. Stainless Steel strip insert fitted in bumpers. Fuel filler cap is on the top of the left rear wing. Headrests introduced on rear seats. Fitted with an integral Roll Bar as the 412 also a feature fitted to the Beaufighter, but additional fixed frames protect the top edge of electric windows. like the 412, the 412 s2 is fitted with a removable fabric covered "Targa top"/ roof unit containing a sun roof insert. The roof unit was designed so that when not fitted - it is storable in the Boot.
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One example has so far been identified.
One other car pictured on the Jacket Sleeve of "Bristol - An Illustrated History," written by Godfrey Oxley Sidey, has the same visible attributes as the 412 USA, it bore Swiss Registration/License Plates when photographed. This Type was always described as an export model of the 412 s2 5899cc. (360ci.) Chrysler induction aspirated engine. Unlike the British version, it was not supplied with a removable Hard Top. It was fitted with twinned quadruple rectangular Headlamps. It had large lensed repeater, running and flashing indicator lights on all four quarters, in addition to those on the front and rear of the car purely to comply with American legislative requirements, the engine was also fitted with a catalytic exhaust system.
If anyone has any information on this model or pictures of an actual example.
Please contact the General Registrar at the contact address on the foot of this page.
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The Type 412 s3 engine is a fitted with a Rotomaster turbo charged 360 cubic inch Canadian Chrysler V-8 unit fitted with the Torque Flite automatic gearbox. The Bonnet has a raised central section to accommodate the Turbo Charger. Beaufighters are fitted with a fixed fabric covered top roof unit, incorporating a large sun roof. The sun roof and frame is removable as a complete unit designed so that when not fitted - it is storable in the Boot. As with the 412 s2 the rear roof section behind the integral Roll-over Bar retracts and folds away manually. Headlamps are smaller twinned Quartz Halogen rectangular units. Flank indicator repeater lights are often fitted to both front and rear wings. These were illustrated as a standard feature of the reported United States Export version which was also advertised as the 412-USA. Standard tyres were 225-70 VR 15 Avons.
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Pegasus coloured badge on Black Grille. Narrower Stainless Steel strip insert in black bumper. Fixed roll bar. The engines and transmissions of /Beaufort versions are the same specification. The bonnet has a raised central section to accommodate the Turbo charger. Unlike the 412 convertible, the Beaufort convertible is fitted with an electric hood. It has a higher bodyline from the door B post position to the rear than the 412 s2 which gives additional body stiffening, compensating for the removal of the fixed Roll Bar. The Roll Bar function being replaced by a larger and stronger windscreen frame. The Fuel filler point is moved to top of right rear wing to clear the gearing for the electric hood mechanism. There are many other variations of detail in this version, which it is not felt necessary to describe in this medium. Naturally more information is provided in Club literature and contemporary technical reference sources.
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