Bristol Blenheim 2 - Saloon
Type 603 S and 603 E
Type 603 s2
Britannia and Brigand
Bristol Blenheim 2
both introduced in 1976
was introduced in 1978
both introduced in 1982
was introduced in 1994
was introduced in 1998
production ceased 1978
production ceased 1982
production ceased 1994
production ceased 1997
in current production
page revised 4th June 1998
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- Bristol Cars do not just "build classic cars". The Blenheim range
are modern cars employing all the latest technology. The difference
is that they are still hand made and inspected to the highest standard of
traditional British excellence and aircraft tradition, and have separate
chassis with aluminium lightweight coachwork.
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Now part of our heritage the last remaining flying example
of the Bristol Blenheim Bomber of WW2 vintage, and
Blenheim car, from which it takes its name.
Changes and Specifications presented by
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- EXTERNAL APPEARANCE
- Extensive alterations to the Aluminium panels to
accommodate four larger Gas Discharge Headlamps in sleeker and deeper front
- Altered Wheel Arches.
- New Kevlar material Spoilers.
- New alloy Wheels.
- Sleeker Rear Wing bodyline to further
- Unobtrusive Door Handles,
- New Mirrors,
badge on Bonnet.
- No overall increased width of the car which is
narrower than most cars in the luxury class to facilitate manoeuvrability in
Further developed V8 with 4 Speed Automatic Gearbox
which can be used manually, to provide even more increased torque smoothness
and improved fuel consumption (around 30mpg at the legal limit). 70mph
equals only 1700 rpm!
- The track width has been increased for even further
- Turning circle reduced by nearly two feet.
suspension dampers are now hand built using Formula 1 technology.
- As is
usual Bristol practice, Dampers are individually adjustable to compensate
for wear and to suit driver's preference.
- Important CHASSIS features
6.50 inches deep separate safety platform chassis is welded
directly to the massive steel upper structure over which alloy panels are
- This aircraft inspired structure is not only surprisingly light
but stiffer in Beam and Torsional stress than most other cars.
locating all major masses entirely with the wheelbase, and as low as ground
clearance permits, a remarkably low centre of gravity and polar moment of
inertia is achieved; both figures in fact being lower than a number of mid
engined Sports Cars!
- Increased use of Aluminium in the structure itself
prevents any increase in weight over the outgoing Blenheim 1.
- Revised front seat frames and substructure to give more
headroom and comfort, and enhanced support.
- Extra interior and
- New door and window sealing.
position inside the Cabin for CD player if fitted. Gives increased security,
ability to change discs from inside the car, and uncluttered boot space.
New 14 inch dished Leather covered Steering Wheel.
- New, restyled
instruments for increased legibility, with soft lighting.
during stages of construction
Unique Bristol features retained on the
BRISTOL BLENHEIM 2
- FRONT WING STORAGE
Spare Wheel, Battery, Servos, Fuses are
all still housed in compartments in the Front Wings, features which
contribute to good weight distribution, ease of wheel changing, and allow
unimpeded use of an uncluttered luggage boot.
Closed box section welded steel construction with
three cross members, plus stiff floor pans, forming a very robust structure,
affording great protective strength. Many Bristol owners have owed their
lives to this structure. Few, if any, other cars have any chassis at
NEW features of the BRISTOL BLENHEIM
The engine is eight cylinder 90 Vee. Capacity is
5900 cc (360 cu. in) Bore 101.6mm (4.00 in). Stroke 90.93mm (3.58ins).
Equipped with sequential Multi-Port fuel injection which provides precise
air to fuel ratios for all driving conditions.
The engine control module is a pre-programmed dual microprocessor digital
computer. It regulates ignition timing, air fuel ratio, emission control
devices, charging system, speed control, air conditioning compressor clutch
engagement and idle speed. The control module can adapt its programming to
meet changing operating conditions. Manufactured to Bristol requirements by
CHRYSLER with whom we have had excellent relations since 1959.
Automatic with torque converter, four
forward gears and reverse. The fourth gear is controlled by a switch whereby
it may be selected automatically or put out of operation. When de-activated
a warning light indicates this.
Front: Independent by wishbones of unequal length
with coil springs, telescopic dampers, torsional anti-roll bar. Rear:
Torsion bar springs with Watts linkage stabilization and telescopic dampers.
Front & rear dampers are adjustable. Sealed Ball joints. Bonded rubber
sleeves in mounting bushes for noise insulation.
Power assisted recirculating ball type, 15.7:1 ratio.
Sealed ball-joints. Energy absorbing steering column designed to collapse
progressively as a safety measure. 14ins. steering wheel with hand stitched
leather covering. Anti-theft steering column lock operated by ignition key.
Separate front and rear hydraulic systems operated by
tandem master cylinder. Self adjusting servo-assisted Girling disc brakes on
all wheels. Failure warning device connected to lamp on instrument panel.
Handbrake has separate calipers operating on rear discs. Warning lamp
indicates "Handbrake ON" position and also checks failure of warning circuit