The 1970 Bristol 409, and the 410 and 411 models that followed were exceptions rather than the rule; they managed to combine beautifully discreet yet stylish design with raw American V8 power, and do so in a way that left the cars balanced and agile, not always an easy fit. The 409 was actually the first model of the Bristol V8 cars that managed this balancing act, and it did so wonderfully. Powerful, discreet and mysterious, these were the ultimate sleepers. They handled well thanks to an independent front suspension and a live rear axle, as well as an excellent and responsive ZF power steering.
The most powerful of the 409/410/411 was powered by an awesome 6.3-liter Chrysler V8 that developed 335 horsepower and untold amounts of torque. Delivered to the rear wheels by a rugged three-speed automatic transmission, the 409 could reach a top speed of almost 140 mph, and accelerate 0-60 in the impressive time of 7 seconds.
The 1970 Bristol 409 and its successors have marked automotive history as luxurious, powerful cars. Despite their upper crust look, they could certainly put almost anything on the road to the test!