1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster / 404/X/3046 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

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Sold for $401,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
This Arnolt-Bristol Bolide was used by the factory as a Works competition racer and is one of only two equipped originally with front disc brakes and is equipped with a remote shifter. It was delivered to Arnolt on June 20th of 1954 with modifications and preparations commencing soon after in preparation for the following season. Arnolt was able to convince Rene Dreyfus to come out of retirement and manage the team of three Arnolt-Bristols at the Sebring 12 Hour race. The cars finished 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the 2-liter class, with the 3rd place going to the Morgan-Triumph of Rothschild. That year, the Arnolt-Bristols were awarded the Team Trophy, and again in 1956 and 1960.

In 1963, the car was sold to privateer Richard Milburn. He was active on the Canadian circuit and raced the Arnolt-Bristol in three early Canadian Grand Prix, placing on the podium each time before winning championship honors from the Canadian Automobile Sports Club in 1965.

The car later came into the care of Thomas Mittler, who used it as his main racer for his early vintage career. In 1985, at the Sebring vintage race, the original block was cracked. It was replaced by a factory-original unnumbered factory block sourced from Arnolt's son. This block is currently installed in the car, while the now-repaired original block still accompanies the vehicle, along with a number of spare parts.

The current caretaker acquired the car and raced it in the 2010 Mille Miglia as car number 303. The car has full FIVA paperwork.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018


2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $401,000

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
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide image  
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
 

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 3055
Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 404/X/3000
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/49

Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 404/X/3046
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/243
Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 404/X/3075
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/278

Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 404/X/3086
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/286

Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: 404/X/3050
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/ 255
Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol DeLuxe
1955 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 404/X/3905
Engine Num: BS1/MKII/297

Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: 404/X/3108
Engine Num: BSI/MKII/312

Chassis information for the Arnolt-Bristol DeLuxe
1959 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 404/X/3022
Engine Num: BSI/MKII/223

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide

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