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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster / 3055 Vehicle Information

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

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Stanley 'Wacky' Arnolt was the driving force behind the creation of the Arnolt-Bristol automobile. Arnolt was a wealthy industrialist from Indiana whose serendipitous encounter with Nuccio Bertone at the 1952 Turin Motor Show ultimately resulted in production of the Arnolt-Bristol.

The mechanical basis for the Arnolt-Bristol was a Bristol 404 chassis with a Bristol BS MK II Series engine of 130 horsepower. This chassis was bodied by Michelotti who created the actual design. There were a total of 142 cars produced with production beginning in 1953 and ending in the late 1950s. The model line-up included six coupes and the remained were Bolide or Deluxe Roadsters. The Bolide was advertised for $3,995.

The current owner of this Arnolt-Bristol Bolide, #3055, purchased the car in August of 1970. Although it has no known racing history, it has some very desirable options, including remote shifter mechanism, competition windscreen, and the very rare Borrani knock-off wheels, of which only ten sets were produced.

This automobile is one of 142 Arnolt Bristol cars produced. Bristol Cars Limited was a low volume manufacturer of luxury touring cars based in Filton, near Bristol, in the United Kingdom. Bristol Cars was founded shortly after World War II and was initially organized as a division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Their intention was to employ their skilled workforce after wartime aviation contracts began to dwindle. Bristol assumed the right to produce a pre-war BWM designed six-cylinder engine and this formed the basis of their first car, the 400.

Arnolt produced a Bristol engiend car during the 1950's from their plant in Warsaw, Indiana making it, perhaps, the only American Bristol. Arnolt ceased operations in the mid 1960's. Arnolt built these 'specials' in conjunction with the coach builder Bertone.



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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster Carrozzeria Bertone
Chassis#: 404/X/3065
Sold for USD$336,209
  2018 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale
 
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: 404/X/3033
Sold for USD$447,108
  2018 Bonhams : Zoute Sale
 
1954 Amolt-Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: 404/X/3000
Sold for USD$368,000
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Works Roadster by Bertone
Chassis#: 404/X/3046
Sold for USD$401,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1954 Arnolt Bristol Prototype Roadster
Chassis#: 404/X/3000
Sold for USD$324,500
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Deluxe Roadster by Bertone
Chassis#: 404/X/3075
Sold for USD$445,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1954 Arnolt Bristol
Chassis#: 404/X/3072
Sold for USD$199,689
  2008 Coys Auction - Nurburgring
 
1954 Arnolt Bristol Bolide Roadster
Chassis#: 404X3042
Sold for USD$78,295
  2003 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe Roadster
Sold for USD$52,800
  2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Vehicle Profiles
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Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Model Year: 1954
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Model Year: 1954
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Model Year: 1954
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Model Year: 1954
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 3055
Model Year: 1954
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3000
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/49
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3046
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/243
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3075
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/278
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3086
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/286
Model Year: 1954
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404X3040
Model Year: 1954
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3050
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/ 255
Model Year: 1955
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 404/X/3905
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/297
Model Year: 1955
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Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Engine Num: 312
Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3108
Engine Num: BSI/MKII/312
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 59005929
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: AR BR 5865-C
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Chassis Num: 404/X/3074
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster

Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 404/X/3022
Engine Num: BSI/MKII/223
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History


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