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Bristol 411 Tyres

Bristol 411 Tyres Explained

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 footprint. If this is the size you want to fit then the best tyres for you would be the 215/70 VR 15 Avon CR6ZZ or 215/70 WR 15 Michelin XWX as they have the narrowest tread footprint available.

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    Bristol 411 Recommended Tyres

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The picture below shows the 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™; CN72 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 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™; CN72 changed to the 215/70VR15 tyre when the low profile tyre was developed at the beginning of the 1970's.

Bristol 411

History of the Bristol 411

The Bristol 411 was debuted in 1968, and the final series 5 models were produced until 1976. The vehicle was initially equipped with a 383 cubic inch 6277cc engine and a three-speed automatic transmission. The 411 body was nearly identical to the Bristol 410, with just minor variations in detail. The typical twin-spoke Bluemel steering wheel was changed with a smaller three-spoke leather-trimmed wheel with a Bristol emblem fitted into its middle boss. The door locks and handles were semi-recessed for the Series 2 model, the bumpers were slightly raised, and a self-levelling suspension system was included and  The wheel rims were also wider.

The body of the Bristol 411 series 3 was fully restyled. The front wings, bonnet, and grille were the most visible alterations. The exhaust is divided into four tailpipes, one on each side, and is completed with chrome trims at the back. These were unique since the pipe ends were dummies. The exhaust fumes are actually vented downwards, about two inches from the pipe ends, to avoid a series of four unattractive soot-marks on the rear garage wall!

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 had simpler rectangular rear light clusters. The price new in 1976 was £12,587, £81,999.36 when adjusted for inflation (September 2021).

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