Bristol Cars, the British sports car brand, has been placed into administration. Bristol Cars was formed from the aircraft industry in 1946 and operated through a single showroom on Kensington High Street in west London. Since then, the firm has maintained a constant, eclectic presence. Tom MacLennan and Trevor Binyon from RSM Tenon are the appointed administrators for the company.
In an interview with BBC Bristol, MacLennan said that there have been several immediate redundancies because of the company’s financial status but they are making sure that customers will still be supported and are maintaining the sales and service operations.
MacLennan also said that of the 27 Bristol employees, 22 were made redundant, including the entirety of staff at the firm's manufacturing plant in Bristol. He is urging interested parties to get in touch with them immediately. He added that he remains confident that they will be able to “secure the future” of the brand.
BBC also talked to Steven Wiltshire, who has been with the firm for 14 years. Wiltshire said that the employees were treated “very, very badly.”
Bristol's current model line-up is composed of the Fighter, Blenheim, Blenheim Speedster and Series 6. Bristol’s flagship vehicle is the Fighter T, which is powered by a twin-turbocharged, Dodge-derived V10 motor that has an output of 1012bhp and 1036lb ft.
It’s rare for the company to issue any production figures. Bristol has never offered any of its vehicles to the media to be evaluated. [via autocar]