1955 Arnolt-Bristol MG Bertone Coupe news, pictures, and information
Designer: Franco Scaglione
Chassis Num: 26416
|Sold for $38,500 at 2011 RM Auctions.|
In similar fashion to Bertone's cars, the Arnolt versions utilized the MG TD chassis and a XPAG engine that developed nearly 55 horsepower. Arnolt planned on producing 200 examples with a price tag of $3,145, but MG phased out the TD chassis and engines in favor of the new TF. In total, just 103 Arnolt MGs were produced, with 67 being coupes and 36 convertibles.
This 1955 Arnolt MG Coupe is one of the last examples produced. The original owner was Maurice Stein, an alto-saxophone jazz musician. The next owner was Gene Ponder who kept it until 2007.
The car is finished in maroon with matching leather interior and a tan headliner. It has an optional Motorola radio and a set of Borrani wire wheels with special Arnolt knock-offs. Power is from a 1250cc overhead valve four-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors and a belt-driven Shorrock supercharger with seven psi of boost. The odometer reads just 377 miles, which is believed to be correct since the restoration was completed.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the RM Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $38,500 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2011
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