1954 Arnolt Bristol DeLuxe Roadster

There sat my never-forgotten love from Paris, among common British machinery like Morris Minors and MG Magnettes

The Arnolt Bristol was the obsession of engineer, industrialist, importer, and sports car enthusiast Stanley “Wacky” Arnolt. He made his fortune building marine engines during World War II, and, seeing a market for sports cars in America during the early 1950s, cut a deal with Bristol to use an updated version of its 400 chassis, designated the 404, to build a sports car. Bertone supplied the bodies, and the Arnolt Bristol went into production in 1954.

The racing version, called the “Bolide,” did not come with a top, carpeting or adjustable seats, and windshield wipers were optional. “DeLuxe” models had all of those features and a different dashboard design with the instruments in front of the driver. A coupe completed the model line-up, though just six were built before production ended in 1961. Only 142 Arnolt Bristols were constructed in total, 12 of which were destroyed in a Chicago warehouse fire. An estimated 75 cars survive to this day.

The Arnolt Bristol earned a glowing reputation as a racer, winning its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1955, with two other Arnolts taking second and fourth.

This fine example is from the renowned William G. Lassiter collection. Purchased from a Texas enthusiast in 1990, Mr. Lassiter had the car fully restored in Pompano Beach, Fla., to an extremely high standard.

The Bristol DeLuxe is in very good condition with the exception of some minor paint issues on the hood. It is refinished in Post Office Red with an Arbotan beige interior and a tan top, and it comes with side curtains.