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1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster / AR BR 5865-C Vehicle Information

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide photograph

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This Arnolt-Bristol was purchased new by Charles W. 'Todd' Aikins Jr., of Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Aikins first raced the Arnolt-Bristol at Dodge City, Kansas, on April 28 and 29, 1956. In all, he competed in at least 16 SCCA races through 1959. By the mid-to-late 1950s, the car had been sold to a friend, Larry Schmidt. Schmidt had it only a short time when it suffered ring-and-pinion failure. It was sold to George Massey, another racing colleague. Dan Lancaster of Longview, Texas, purchased the car in 1993. By this point in history, it was without its damaged engine. Unable to trace it or locate an authentic substitute, Lancaster installed a small block Chevrolet V-8 with dual quad carburetors. Under his ownership, the car received a fairly comprehensive restoration. The current caretaker continued the work, bringing it to its current, 'higher standard' condition. It has been painted in the original Rossa Corsa color using a single-stage process to match the period varnish and appearance. The engine is a correct 1956 Corvette unit with matching numbers, block, heads, carburetor, and manifolds. The transmission is original to the engine and is a four-speed T-10. All gauges are correct and original Arnolt-Bristol parts.

This car is one of only five Arnolt-Bristols originally fitted with Rudge knock-off wheels, although they are no longer with the car. Original Bristol steel wheels, caps, and center logos have been sourced and fitted. The brake drums are the original finned units. Michelin X tires, original equipment for the car, have also been sourced and mounted.

Including a few coupes, there were a total of 142 Arnolt-Bristols produced.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015



2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Lot was not sold

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe Roadster by Bertone
Chassis#: 404/X/3108
Sold for USD$484,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  
1956 Arnolt-Bristol DeLuxe Roadster by Bertone
Chassis#: 404/X/3108
Sold for USD$550,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  
1956 Arnolt Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: 59055929
Sold for USD$99,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1956 Arnolt Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: 404X3108
Sold for USD$195,250
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
 
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Coupe
Chassis#: 404X3120
Sold for USD$451,000
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
 
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Corvette-Powered Roadster
Chassis#: 59005929
Sold for USD$159,500
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Arnolt-Bristol RoadsterAR BR 5865-C2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $350,000$450,000
1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster404X30192005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$60,000$80,000$100,000

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