BRISTOL 450C n.33



BRISTOL 450C n.33


The Bristol 450C n.33 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.

Mike Keen and Trevor Line with the Bristol 450C n.33 arrived eighth at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955 with a gap of thirty-seven laps to winners. 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 thirty-six 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.


Bristol 450C
Designed: Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, David Hodkin, David Summers
Twin tubular steel rails
Length: ? mm
Width: ? mm
Height: ? mm
Suspension front: Double wishbone with coil springs
Suspension rear: De Dion tube, inboard brakes
Brakes:Ventilated discs
Tyres: Dunlop


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


Eighth in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1955 with drivers Mike Keen, Trevor Line.


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Keen Mike, Line Trevor




24 Hours of Le Mans

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