Bristol 450C n.34 seventh in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1955

BRISTOL 450C n.34

HISTORY

The Bristol 450C n.34 is a car that took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955. During the winter, studies in the wind tunnel led to the decision to open the cockpit, following the direction taken by manufacturers like Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes. A novelty brought in the tender by the British manufacturer was the system to change tires using a multi-barrel key designed in the Bristol workshops.

Peter Wilson and Jim Mayers with the Bristol 450C n.34 arrived seventh at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955. The car with the open passenger compartment proved easier to drive than that of the previous year. The 450C featured disc brakes external to the front and interior to the rear. Wilson and Mayers won the S-2000 category and finished the race with a 36-lap gap from Hawthorn and Bueb’s Jaguar D-Type n.6 race winners. In the S-2000 category the English team won the podium with all three cars.

CHASSIS

Bristol 450C
Twin tubular steel rails
Length: ? mm
Width: ? mm
Height: ? mm
Brakes:Ventilated discs
Tyres: Dunlop

ENGINE

Bristol BSX 1971 cc straight 6 cylinders
Power: 116 kw
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Transmission: Bristol four speed manual
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

seventh in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1955 with drivers Peter Wilson, Jim Mayers.

Posted in DRAWS 24 HOURS OF LE MANS.

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