Don't dismiss it lightly, though: this Blenheim 3 is a 5.9-litre Chrysler V8-engined, 150mph, wood and leather-lined, aluminium-bodied four-seater of fighter-pilot class and supreme engineering logic. It's eccentric and, in parts, exquisite - it'll last forever, too. On that last point alone it's probably worth the £50k investment.
On top of that, the firm went bust a few years ago, after a steady decline in which its expensive and quirky looking cars grew to feel so out of date that not even the most devoted aficionado would touch a new one with a bargepole. Recent attempts by its new owners to revive the brand with the enticing Bullet, and the promise of a new 200mph range-extender, may yet herald a new dawn.
This Blenheim 3 is nearing the end of a long line of understated and elegant V8 cars, stretching back to the 1960s, and felicitous details still abound. There's the low centre of gravity and ideal weight distribution, the tight turning circle and excellent steering. It seats four in leathery comfort, and has a huge boot. Its range is long, and its economy is boosted by a cruising gait of 70mph and just 1,700rpm.
Changed your mind yet? No, I thought maybe not.
SPECIFICATION - BRISTOL BLENHEIM
Engine: 5,900cc, V8
Transmission: 4-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 400@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 410@3,500rpm
First registered: 2002
Mileage: 14,000 miles
Price new: £141,995
Price now: £49,995
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