The Bristol Aeroplane Company decided to move into the car-making business after WW2 following a drop in demand for its 'planes, and finding itself with ample spare production capacity. It acquired the rights to the various pre-war BMW models, and was soon building the streamlined, fast and luxurious 403 using aviation principles of construction.
The prestige machines continued, being expensively handmade in small numbers for well-heeled customers. Chrysler V8 engines were introduced with the 407 of 1961. 1970s, '80s and '90s saw less new model development, although Bristol was an early adopter of both turbochargers and LPG fuel. The 200mph Fighter was a sensational development in 2007. Rescued from administration by Frazer-Nash Engineering group in 2011.