1955 Bristol 405 Drophead - Reader Ride

By: Guy Allen - Words & Photos

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Doug & Sue Heller travelled here from the UK to be part of the Bristol International Rally


Doug & Sue Heller's 1955 Bristol 405 Drophead

"We live in a house once owned by the original chairman of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. His name was Sir Reginald Verdon Smith and we just had that feeling it was a nice thing to have that association with a Bristol car.

"We were looking for a 404, which we eventually bought. We phoned a Mr Crook, who was a manager for the company in the 1960s and he promised to find one for us. He knew Sir Reginald well and felt it would be good to have one in the garage of the house he once owned. It’s complicated!

"The 404 we ended up with was once owned by King Hussein of Jordan and is one of three Bristols (the other was a 406) we’ve owned over time.

"This 405 is the latest and we bought it through a local dealer (John Conroy Classic Cars) and will be taking it back to England with us."


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