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Bristol Blenheim
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Cool [ 4 ] ** [19.05%]
Neutral [ 7 ] ** [33.33%]
Uncool [ 10 ] ** [47.62%]
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moe
post May 6 2009, 12:28 PM
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The Bristol Blenheim 3 is one of the world's most remarkable cars. Bristol is the only remaining luxury car manufacturer under British control. It is also the last company that still creates its cars entirely by hand in the time-honoured manner benefiting from the exacting skill, precision and care of individual craftsmen. By deliberately restricting production to a handful of cars per week we ensure exclusivity and excellence of manufacture. The labour hours to build the Blenheim 3 are three to four times more than those of any other specialist luxury cars. This we happily accept as the cost of perfection.

Externally, a Bristol's appearance is carefully tailored to achieve quiet understatement yet maintain an elegant, timeless line. The latest Blenheim 3 benefits from a sleeker, more rounded aluminium body whose softly sculptured nose conceals more efficient cooling ducts and a subtle 'splitter', which eliminates residual lift without any drag penalty. By blending modern elements with traditional Bristol proportions we have achieved an elegant Grand Tourer which looks distinguished in any surroundings.

Powering the Blenheim 3 is a large displacement naturally aspirated engine which has been optimised to perform economically and with exceptional responsiveness at low revs and light throttle openings. Indeed very few cars of any type offer more torque in relation to vehicle weight. You will notice this in the way that the car moves swiftly away from rest as if it weighs almost nothing. Every throttle movement will be answered with swift, obedient authority while a 70mph cruise requires an engine speed of barely 1,700 r.p.m. Should your mood or road conditions require it, the smooth yet responsive automatic transmission will immediately change down giving you access to a level of performance normally reserved for serious sporting machines.


Specifications
* ENGINE - Layout: 8 cylinders in Vee formation Cubic Capacity: 5,900 cc Bore: 101.6mm (4.00 in) Stroke: 90.93mm (3.58in) Compression Ratio: 9.25:1 Fuel System: Tuned runner aluminium plenum with multi port injection. Ignition System: Dual microprocessor sequential electronic ignition.
* DRIVETRAIN - Layout: Electronically controlled automatic with four forward speeds and reverse. Torque Converter: Stall ratio 2.19:1 with computer controlled lock-up clutch. Final Drive: 2.88:1 (3.06 optional) Overall Gearing: 40.72 mph/1,000 r.p.m. (38.52 optional).

EDIT: Some older Blenheims



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post May 6 2009, 02:56 PM
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They are still making a car released in the mid 70s with a big American V8 in it, generic styling, and a meh interior. Uncool.
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post May 6 2009, 03:02 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ May 6 2009, 06:56 PM) *
They are still making a car released in the mid 70s with a big American V8 in it, generic styling, and a meh interior. Uncool.


Actually, this thing IS boring as fuck. Can you please change my vote to uncool?
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post May 6 2009, 03:08 PM
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From what, neutral or cool?
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post May 6 2009, 03:22 PM
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Unglamorous, unostentatious, unpretentious...I love it.
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post May 6 2009, 04:20 PM
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I never heard of this car before.. therefore I vote neutral
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post May 6 2009, 04:25 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ May 6 2009, 07:08 PM) *
From what, neutral or cool?


Neutral. Thanks!
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post May 6 2009, 04:48 PM
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Alright.
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post May 7 2009, 08:32 AM
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Built by hand, an eccentric owner who refuses to sell a car to anyone or indeed let anyone in the showroom if they have a relationship with Jeremy Clarkson, a price listed as "if you have to ask..."

I have to go with cool...
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post May 7 2009, 11:29 AM
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I went looking for this based on Leif's comment, and had a good laugh. Thought I'd post it.

Clarkson on the Blenheim
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post May 7 2009, 12:24 PM
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After reading Clarkson's article, this car seems nothing more than a piece of shit. Blenheim=fail
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post May 7 2009, 01:00 PM
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I am going to go ahead and give it a cool. I was inclined to just judge it along the lines of modern cars and then I realized there isnt any competition for this car. The car is being made for a select few people who are extremely content with what their money is getting them. The company knows its priorities and pleasing the internets and the journalists isnt one of them. The aim of the company is to make sure their clientele is happy with what they are getting (which it would appear they are) and secondly if there is something their customers want they do it .. (updating cars from 60s to modern levels if the customer so desires). Now that is cool.
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post May 7 2009, 06:00 PM
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James May wrote a funny article on how he has been banned from the showroom for knowing Clarkson...I tried looking for it, to no avail.
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post May 7 2009, 07:40 PM
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Is... is that the backend of a Mazda 626?

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post May 7 2009, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ May 7 2009, 09:00 PM) *
James May wrote a funny article on how he has been banned from the showroom for knowing Clarkson...I tried looking for it, to no avail.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/column...wont-budge.html
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post May 8 2009, 07:09 AM
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Cheers Duke...my googling skills bow to yours.
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post May 8 2009, 08:19 AM
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Haha, that's even funnier. Anyone read the comments at the bottom? Bristol owners don't want May to drive their cars...thought the owners club invited him to drive a classic. I think Tony Crook's funny selectiveness makes the cars even cooler.
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post May 8 2009, 01:52 PM
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Off the top car with Pontiac Sunfire shifter, neutral....
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