Bristol 403

Bristol 403 Tyres

The Bristol 403 fitted 600x16 crossply tyres, of which we would suggest the Pirelli 600V16 Stella Bianca. These would be the best crossply tyres.

We suggest fitting the Michelin 16 F RET inner tube in your Bristol 403 tyres.

Because modern roads have so many dual carriage ways and motorways, we find ourselves cruising at higher speeds for longer periods of time than were possible when the Bristol 403 was built, using Radial Tyres is something many classic car owners want to do. Fitting a period radial will not spoil the handling. Longstone Classic Tyres would suggest fitting the 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ as it will really suit the Bristol 403.

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    Recommended Bristol 403 Tyres

  1. 600 x 16 PIRELLI Stella Bianca

    Starting at $334.32 $278.60

  2. 600H16 Avon Turbospeed
    600 H 16 Avon Turbospeed

    Starting at $294.00 $245.00

  4. Jeu de 4 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
    Set of 4 185 VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67
  5. Jeu de 5 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
    Set of 5 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67
  6. Set of 4 600 x 16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
    Set of 4 6.00 x16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA

    Starting at $1,275.12 $1,062.60

  7. reinforced Michelin Inner Tube
    Michelin 16F Offset Valve Reinforced Tube

    Starting at $47.04 $39.20

    Set of 5 6.00 x 16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA

    Starting at $1,560.72 $1,300.60

  9. Other Options for Bristol 403

  10. 185SR16 Michelin X
    185 SR 16 Michelin X

    Starting at $342.72 $285.60

  11. 600WR16 Michelin Pilot X
    6.00 R 16 Michelin Pilote X

    Starting at $529.20 $441.00

  12. 600x16 Avon Tourist
    6.00 x 16 Avon Tourist

    Starting at $216.72 $180.60

  13. 185VR16 Avon Turbosteel
    185R16 Avon Turbosteel

    Starting at $332.64 $277.20

  14. 185HR16 Vredestein Sprint Classic
    185 HR 16 Vredestein Sprint Classic

    Starting at $485.52 $404.60

  15. 600H16 Dunlop RS5
    600 H 16 Dunlop RS5
  16. Michelin 16F Offset Valve tube (Tubes)
    Michelin 16F Offset Valve tube

    Starting at $32.76 $27.30

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Bristol 403 Tires
Bristol is now celebrating over half a century of production under private ownership, but the company's roots go further back than 50 years. Originally manufacturing trams in the 19th century before going on to become the Bristol Aeroplane Company established in 1910 to serve the British

aviation market. Bristol served well during the two world wars. In the second, Bristol produced over 14,000 aircraft including the Blenheim Fighter Bomber.

After the war in 1945 under the leadership of Sir George White the company decided to use up surplus engineering and production capacity by small scale manufacturing of high performance sports cars. The first of the Bristol cars was the 400. The 400 along with other fledgling cars got some of their styling

from pre war BMWs. These cars were built in 1946 and quickly gained an enviable reputation. The cars ran on pre war 2 litre engines that were heavily developed and eventually built by the engine division of the aeroplane company. To this day Bristol cars are hand built to an extremely high standard that is hard to beat.

Bristol 403 tyres

The 401 and 402 drophead shortly followed. Entering the 50's Bristol brought with it the 403 and 404, the former being a more powerful variant of the 401 whilst the latter was a short wheelbase, fixed head coupe. The Bristol 404 was the first British designed car to fit the radical Michelin X radial tyre in early 1954, once more marking the company out as a setter of trends. Also in 1954 a 405 that was based on the 404 was produced only with 4 doors and a longer wheelbase. The shape that took them through to the late 1970s (in various guises) was the 406. Bristol kept the same shape but subtle styling changes and face-lifts helped keep the shape modern. At one point the company dropped an adaptation of Chryslers V8 power plant into the car. All of these modifications amalgamated into the 411 that was produced in 1969 and stayed in production through to 1975.

By 1960 due to political pressure the aviation division of the company was forced to merge with other aviation companies to form the British aircraft corporation. It was in the same year that to ensure its identity and autonomy Bristol Cars Ltd was acquired by former racing driver Tony Crook and the grandson of founder Sir George White, only 3 years later Tony Crook became sole owner and director of the company.

By the end of the 70's Bristol had new styling to reflect the period and this car was the 603 saloon, and in the 1980's a turbocharged Beaufighter (a name that came from the aviation days of the company in WWII). By the mid 80's Bristol dropped the numbers in favour of names of the past, for example Britannia, Brigand and the Blenheim.

Bristol 403
Although production numbers are less than 9,000 Bristol have competed with their cars under public scrutiny at places such as Le Mans in 1953/54/and 55 to mention just one. The company is still based in Filton and a model of any vintage can still be taken to the company for complete restoration and can supply their customers with any parts required right back to the company' s earliest cars.

Click here to see the options available for Bristol with 600x16 tyres. Longstone Classic Tyres recommend fitting the 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ or 600WR16 Michelin Pilote X

For an unbiased view of the 16" tyres available, please click here for an article which appeared in the Maserati Club magazine.

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