|Type 603 S and 603
Type 603 s2,
Britannia and Brigand,
|introduced 1976, |
production ceased 1982
production ceased 1994
production ceased 1997
When the Type 603 was first unveiled it was available in
two versions, 603 S (Sports), or
603 E (Economy), both having the same body style, which was
once more designed in house. Four body styles have been offered since
these in three subsequent Series with certain mechanical and body
alterations at each stage of the development.
When the Type 603 s2 was introduced the alternate performance specifications were dropped and the engine performance package was standardized.
A new body treatment on the Type 603 s3 was once again to offer a choice of two performance specifications and heralded the introduction in the series of the two models being named after two more of the Bristol Aeroplane Company products, these being - the "Bristol Britannia" (the economy model) and the "Bristol Brigand" (the sports version).
A fourth body style was introduced again reverting to one performance specification though initially still plated as a 603S3, later models were numbered as 603S4 and this is model was aptly named - the "Bristol Blenheim".
In 1998 the latest gestation of the Blenheim was introduced to the motoring press as "Bristol Blenheim 2", and it was also announced that it would be available in both standard and high performance state of tune.
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View of the rear shows the re arrangement of the light clusters including the location of the new mirrored siamised rear fog and reversing lamps mounted in a recessed panel of the Boot lid alongside the rear number plate.
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Profile shows the cabin air extractor vent on rear wing flanks and also the new wheel type adopted.
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View shows one treatment of grille area. Units undecorated attached to body in this earlier version.
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Another variation of Grille treatment. Grille units painted out Black in this later version.
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Britannia from the rear showing the light clusters.
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Brigand with "Roz" from Britannia Airways in an early publicity shot, but that is perhaps obvious, what is not so obvious, is that this early car does not have the larger compound headlamp units and has a larger radiator grille. Note new alloy wheels and bulge in bonnet skin, also broad stainless steel strip insert in bumpers.
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Brigand s2 - though the bonnet is not properly closed in this example - it shows the bulge introduced in its profile to clear the Rotomaster turbocharger. This later Brigand has more refined Bumpers with a narrower bright strip trim and showing showing more black rubber than its predecessor.
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The curved lower edge of the grille aperture of the new Blenheim emulates the grille chrome trim used on the early 410 and the 411 s3 lighting treatment is remembered in a return to the use of siamised driving lamps.
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Blenheim and its namesake side by side and ready for take off.
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Bristol Blenheim pauses for shelter beneath its namesakes' wing.
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The Blenheim takes its leave after another successful Bristol Club Annual Day and Concours d'elégance in September 1996.
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