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1958 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe

Roadster
$209,409
Sale Price
$265,000 - $337,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
28
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
Artcurial
Auction House
Chassis no. 404X3131; Engine no. BS1MKII3131. White over black leather piped in gray. 1971/130hp, 4-speed, dual exhaust, steel wheels, hubcaps, woodrim steering wheel, bucket seats, grille-mounted driving lights, no bumpers, full weather equipment.

Evaluation: Color changed from Ruby Red to the present white in the early 2000s. Leather covered bucket seats added during restoration, original seats included. Tidy engine compartment with paint loss on engine ancillaries. Only 17 photos provided make further evaluation impossible.

Bottom Line: A disappointing car typical of this auction’s “So British” collection that has a superficial restoration and little, if any, attention in many years. The result here is magnanimous for this car’s condition. Christie’s cataloged it for its 1997 Pebble Beach auction but it never crossed the block.

by Rick Carey
12 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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