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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide


Chassis number : 404/X/3046

Arnolt-Bristol 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide History Specifications
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Sold for $401,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
Sold for $329,500 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
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

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Arnolt-Bristol

2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $475,000 
Sale Price :
USD $329,500

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 of the Arnolt-Bristol Bolide

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Works Roadster by Bertone
Chassis#: 404/X/3046
Sold for USD$329,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Deluxe Roadster
Chassis#: 404/X/3105
Sold for USD$299,310
  2022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
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
 

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

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
Chassis #: 3055
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 404/X/3086
Engine #: BS1/MKII/286
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
Chassis #: 404/X/3000
Engine #: BS1/MKII/49
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 404/X/3075
Engine #: BS1/MKII/278
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
Chassis #: 404/X/3046
Engine #: BS1/MKII/243
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Bertone
Chassis #: 404X3040
1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide vehicle information
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Designer: Bertone