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Supercharged Teardrop Special – Bristol 406

Today’s featured car started life as a Bristol 406 first registered on the 13th of May 1959.

Bristol 406 Teardrop Special, Autumn Classic, Castle Combe

By the late 1990’s the car had unusually for a Bristol become a derelict when Michael Waller decided to renovate the chassis which included shortening it by 11 inches and fitting a Bristol six cylinder motor 8 inches further back from it’s original position.

Bristol 406 Teardrop Special, Autumn Classic, Castle Combe

The smaller and older, than a standard 406, 6 cylinder 1971 cc / 120 cui motor was supercharged by Martin Boon and Spencer Lane Jones to bring the power up from 125 hp to 200 hp.

Bristol 406 Teardrop Special, Autumn Classic, Castle Combe

Michael Waller commissioned Ken Arthur to form a body from aluminium inspired by Talbot Lago T150C SS with “Goutte d’Eau”, water drop, crafted by Parisian coach builders Figoni & Falaschi for Woolf Baranto in 1938.

Bristol 406 Teardrop Special, Autumn Classic, Castle Combe

After ten years Michael’s vision was realised in the form of the unique vehicle seen in these photographs taken at the Autumn Classic at Castle Combe.

Thanks for joining me on this Supercharged Teardrop Special edition of “Gettin’ a little psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a another big banger Formula 5000 car built in Bolton, Lancashire. Don’t forget to come back now !


Continental Thirties Foursome – San Marino Motor Classic

Today’s “Continental Thirties Foursome” features a brace of Bugatti’s a Lago and a Peugeot, seen at last months San Marino Motor Classic, representing a high water mark of style and elegance from the European continental coach building industry between 1935 and 1937.

Bugatti Type 57 SC Electron Torpedo Competition, San Marino Motor Classic

The original Bugatti Type 57 Electron Torpedo Competition #57222 was shown alongside the original and similarly Electron bodied Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe coupé at the Paris Salon 1935. Unlike the coupé the original Electron Torpedo body was never seen in public again.

Bugatti Type 57T Aravis, San Marino Motor Classic

The chassis for today’s featured car was built in 1934 with a ‘Galbiar’ 4 door saloon / sedan body, but in 1937 it was sent back to Bugatti for repairs which included upgrading the hydraulic brakes, engine mounts, differential and fitting a completely new exquisite Aravis 2 seat drop top body by Belgian Paul Nee who was allegedly chosen by Jean Bugatti as a personal favour to none other than the King of Belgium.

Lago T150 C SS, San Marino Motor Classic

Perhaps the apogee of the tear drop form were the three 1937 Lago 150C SS models with coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi whose ‘Goutte d’Eau’ bodies featured not only faired in rear wheels, but faired in front’s as well, which one might expect to interfere with the steering. The first owner of what I believe is chassis #90107 was the Princess Stella de Khapurthala who allegedly had the colour of the paintwork changed many times to match her numerous outfits.

Peugeot Darl'mat, San Marino Motor Classic

Finally, for today at least, above is a 1937 Peugeot 302DS Darl’Mat Cabriolet, Emile Darl’mat was a Parisian Peugeot dealer with his own coachworks whose cars included several Peugeot based Le Mans racers.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton and Paul McNabb once again for sharing their photographs from the San Marino Motor Classic.

Thanks for joining me on this “Continental Thirties Foursome” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be paying a visit to Castle Combe. Don’t forget to come back now !