Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Rare Sight to Behold

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Rare Sight to Behold

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

If you have never seen a Bristol Blenheim on the road don't worry, because that is the way the company likes it.

Exclusivity is the name of the game with a car that steadfastly defies all new trends and dares to be different by remaining utterly conventional.

It bills itself as the best of British, unlike Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce or even Ford and Vauxhall which are all ultimately owned overseas.

There are three variations on the basic Blenheim theme, all of which use a 5.9-litre V8 engine which comes with a switchable LPG fuel option on one model.

Established just over half a century ago in the aftermath of the second world war, the company ridicules some of the latest gimmicks among rival car manufacturers.

For example, Bristol says it does not fit a separate starter button, as is the latest trend, having given that up 46 years ago.

The company also boasts that it has no harsh run-flat tyres and no unfathomable computerised command and control system in an obvious dig at the BMW 7 Series. …

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