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Bristol Brigand (1982 - 1993)

Last updated 20 August 2013


Model Timeline

October 1982
Bristol 603 replaced by Britannia and Brigand

Although the Brigand and Britannia were described as all new cars, they were really heavily revised versions of the elegant 603 S2. The Brigand's revised bodywork shared only its roof, front doors and front and rear screens 
with the older car.

The range was split into two - the normally aspirated Britannia and the turbocharged Brigand. The main visual differences betweem the 603 and Brigand was that the newer car had a smaller radiator grille, less chrome, and new tail lights (from the Bedford CF van). The big rectangular headlamps and protruding rear lamp clusters might have added 
a touch of modernity but they meant a certain loss of elegance. The Brigand could be distinguished from the Britannia by the bulge in the bonnet needed to accommodate the turbocharger, and also had alloy wheels as standard equipment.

The Brigand's additional power, which was never officially quoted by Bristol but likely to have been around 300bhp, was delivered by a Rotomeister turbocharger, as per the Beaufighter. It was a very professional turbo conversion, with many of the power delivery vices associated with forced induction countered by clever plumbing. Maximum speed was a claimed 150mph.

There were a number of minor changes to the appearance of both models during their 12-year production run, especially at the front - often from car to car.

September 1993
Brigand production ceases, to be replaced by the Blenheim

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