Today’s featured car started life as a Bristol 406 first registered on the 13th of May 1959.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
When Sir Stirling Moss saw the impressive Wingfield Special he was moved to sign the bodywork.
While at Ford Bryan continued building reproductions of Jaguars in his spare time such that by the time he retired from Ford in 1986 he moved Bryan Wingfield Racing into supplying parts for GT 40’s and more recently acquired a Group C Ford C100 which he has single handedly refeteled despite being well into his seventies.
Thanks for joining me on this “SM Approved” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Lola Formula 5000 car. Don’t forget to come back now !