Ill-fated Bristol Cars has reportedly been rescued from the perils of administration by an unlikely savior. Kamkorp Autokraft, a Swiss company that's part of the Frazer-Nash empire, officially bought the British automaker after it was forced to make 22 members of its 25 person staff redundant last month. According to PistonHeads, Kamkorp Autokraft says it intends to blend the Bristol Cars tradition of building beautiful vehicles with the alternative-energy knowledge amassed by Frazer-Nash. The news likely means that the world will be treated to an all-new electric sports car sometime in the near future.

Bristol Cars has its roots in aircraft manufacturing, but converted to building bespoke vehicles for the well-to-do of the UK shortly after World War II. The company hit financial dire straits last year, and in March of 2011, Tom MacLennan and Trevor Binyon were named joint administrators. Remarkably, sales and service have carried on throughout the whole ordeal, and that doesn't look to stop anytime soon.

William Chia, the director of operations for Frazer-Nash, said that his company is committed to continuing to service the brand's cars.

[Source: PistonHeads]


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      Franz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bristol cars are crap. Complete & utter overpriced, unreliable crap... they always have been. Stupid people with more money than brains bought them because of the exclusivity, because there's no other reason to part with such a substantial wad of cash for something so fabulously unimpressive.
        Arthur
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Franz
        If what you say is true, maybe Frazer-Nash can do something about that.
      kkakear
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the Bristol Fighter based on a Dodge VIper? I thought they were. @ Franz: isn't that sort of a British thing. I had a Jaguar X-Type and while it was certainly far cheaper than anything comparably equipped, it was a monstrously unreliable P.O.S.
        Arthur
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kkakear
        Not exactly, kkakear. The Bristol Fighter is an all-Bristol creation, but powered by the Viper engine, a consequence of Bristol's decision to use Chrysler engines in 1961.
      montrealmustang
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I heard the company was having problems I sat down and made lists of what *I* would do to fix the company. First thing was improve quality and upgrade all the garbage Chrysler 5.9 engines to modern 6.4 Hemis with ZF 8 speed manumatic transmissions across the line. Then I'd hire a COMPETENT design house fix the looks of that stupid Speedster "thing" they sell so it would look more like a "Gentleman's Cobra" and less like a shed built kit car, same thing with the Fighter. The Blenheim I wouldn't touch too much, but I'd tweak the looks and add things like cupholders, Satnav and a rear window defroster because... you know... it's 2011 and it's a 300,000$ car.
        Arthur
        • 3 Years Ago
        @montrealmustang
        I don't know if I'd call the 5.9 Chrysler engines garbage, particularly given their longevity at Bristol, but you have a point about the new 6.4 Hemi with the ZF 8-speed.
        montrealmustang
        • 3 Years Ago
        @montrealmustang
        Darn, clicked submit too quickly... Anyway, what I wanted to add was that Frazer-Nash sounds like they want to make it into a British version of Tesla, and it sounds like a bad idea to me. People sort of like the idea that Bristol is a company stuck in the past, they just would like to get more for their money. In my opinion anyway...