2011 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1978 Bristol 603 S Coupe


Passed In


Engine 360ci (5900cc), V-8
Gearbox 3-Speed Automatic
Body Work Coupe
Colour Metallic Maroon
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Disc/Drum


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Produced in a small run from 1976-1978, Bristol's Series 1 603 replaced the 411 as the latest hand-built Bristol flagship. The dramatic changes to the exterior were still wrought in-house, and modernised the Bristol look, which had not been dramatically altered over the previous two decades. There were two flavours of 603- the E and the S. The E, or Economy, version was powered by a 318ci (5.2 litre) version of the small-block Chrysler V-8. The S version (for Sport) housed the larger 360ci (5.9 litre) motor. The larger engine also received a 4-barrel rather than the 2-barrel carburettor as fitted to the economy edition. Both were coupled to the 3-speed Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission. The finishing was exemplary, with many designed features designed purely to increase the comfort of its occupants. Electric seats were available and air-conditioning was standard-fit, a real novelty in the late seventies.