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Bristol 411




Recommended Bristol 411 tyres

Bristol 411 tyres for a standard car as recommended by Longstone Tyres would be the 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™. 205VR15 is the correct size tyre for a 411. It is also possible to fit a 215/70VR15 of which we would suggest either the 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX or 215/70VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN12. However 215/70VR15 is a bit smaller in diameter, which is why we really recommend the correct tyre 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72.


Bristol 411 tyres

We have recently had some reports of people having wandering problems due to the fitting of modern tyres in the size 215/70R15. This tends to be because more modern tyre carcases can make the car track due to them having a wide tread foot print. If this is the size you want to fit then the best tyres for you would be the Avon CR6ZZ or Michelin XWX as they have the narrowest tread footprint available.


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Recommended Tyres for Bristol 411

Other Options for Bristol 411

History of the Bristol 411

The picture below shows the 205VR15 CN72 CINTURATO ™ HS tyre that PIRELLI put into production in 1964, which is perfect for the Bristol 411. On either side of this tyre are more modern 70% profile tyre sizes that are often fitted by mistake. On the left is a 205/70VR15, which is far too small in diameter and on the right is a 215/70VR15 which is closer in dimensions and would also be a good tyre for the Bristol 411. Some cars that have fitted the 205VR15 CINTURATO ™ changed to the 215/70VR15 tyre when the low profile tyre was developed at the beginning of the 1970's.

Bristol 411

The Bristol 411 was introduced in 1968 and production of the final series 5 model ceased in 1976. The car was first fitted with a 383 cubic inch 6277cc engine and a 3 speed automatic gearbox. The 411 body was very similar to the Bristol 410, with only small detail differences being made. Inside the traditional twin-spoke Bluemel steering wheel was replaced by a smaller 3-spoke leather-trimmed wheel with a Bristol badge set into its central boss.

For the series 2 version the door locks and handles were semi recessed, the bumpers marginally higher and a self-levelling suspension system was introduced. Also the wheel rims are wider.

With the series 3 Bristol 411 the body was completely restyled. Most noticeable changes were the restyling of the front wings, bonnet and grille.At the rear, the exhaust is split into 4 tail pipes siamised on each side and finished with chrome trims. These were novel because the pipe-ends are in fact dummies. The exhaust gases actually being vented downwards, some two inches from the pipe ends, so as to spare the back garage wall a row of four unsightly soot-marks!

For the series 4 & 5 Bristol 411 the power output was now down to 264 bhp at 4800 rpm, owing to a still lower compression ratio of 8.2:1, though compensated for by larger 6556cc (400c.i.) capacity. The boot lid was slightly flatter and simpler rectangular rear light clusters. The price new in 1976 was £12,587......