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Arnolt Bristol Bolide [404/X]

Arnolt Bristol Bolide [404/X] in Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei, TV Series, 1996-2019 IMDB Ep. 26.06

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK — Built in: US

Arnolt Bristol Bolide [404/X]

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CougarTim US

2016-02-18 13:05


Seems Italian to me. Maybe a Maserati?

fortengo HU

2016-02-18 21:05


It's a 1954+ Arnolt-Bristol De Luxe Roadster. The body is Italian indeed, a Franco Scaglione design built by Bertone, chassis and engine are from Bristol of England. The concept itself was a brainchild of S. H. 'Wacky' Arnolt, an American distributor of European sports cars.

dsl SX

2016-02-19 05:20


"There were four body styles of the Arnolt-Bristol, built from approximately 1954 to 1959. First, came a stripped road racer, then a slightly better-equipped Bolide racer with a cut-down windshield. Then there was a Deluxe version with side windows and a convertible top and a glove box. Then came the coupes, with pop-up headlights." - http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/arnolt_bristol.html

Seems to be this one - Link to "www.motorclassic.at" , Link to "www.cargold.com" which seems to live in Germany but does not reveal much else.

Despite the nameboard saying Deluxe in one of those photos it does not look as if it has side windows and a convertible top, more as if it has the cut down windscreen of a Bolide racer???

fortengo HU

2016-02-19 19:42


You seem to be right... the windscreen suggests a Bolide rather than a Deluxe. On the other hand, the nameboard says differently. Maybe we should omit the De Luxe tag and list it simply as an Arnolt-Bristol?

dsl SX

2016-02-19 20:28


Another list of the 4 versions from https://boc.net/type_arn.php :

Quote Competition

This was the name given to the base level specification. It was very basic indeed and offered a low windscreen, rubber mats, no interior trim, no body trim, no soundproofing, no provision for a top, simple lightly padded seats and instruments spread across the painted steel fascia panel.


Slightly better appointed than the Competition model, this had a folding half screen.

De Luxe

The next level option specification included full width screen, instruments placed in a podule before the driver, quarter bumpers or bumperettes, fold down hood (though most had side curtains to the hood, one car was later fitted with wind down windows at the Bertone factory), trim panels to doors with arm rests, carpets, interior door handles and exterior door buttons. The seats had more padding than the "Bolide" and were fitted with sliding adjusters. The dashboard layout is the most reliable discriminator.


This was a very different body style and very exclusive final option. It was trimmed to the same specification as the De Luxe but additionally fitted as standard with wind-down side windows, fixed roof and rear window. However – before you rush out to find one – only six Coupés were ever built.

Of course a number of mostly "Bolide" and some "De Luxe" cars were fitted out to customer requirement, so there are a number of cars seen bearing features of higher specification models, e.g. chromed bumperettes, folding hoods and detachable side screens, pop-up headlamps, etc. A few were fitted with Borrani knock-off wheels.

I'm inclined to make this a Bolide because it has the appropriate body features for reference - as it is an identified car (although not with specific detail yet) someone out there should be able to confirm/correct as appropriate.

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