The Bristol Type 450 was a successful sports car racing prototype model,
designed in 1953 by Bristol Cars and based on the abortive ERA G-type
Formula Two car of 1952. Although most sources state that only three
450s were built, photographic evidence suggests that at least four were
in existence at one point in time. The cars were constructed
specifically to contest the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance
race, at which they won both their class and the team prize in both 1954
and 1955. In addition to its race victories, the Bristol 450 also took a
number of outright speed records for the 2-litre class during trials at
the Montlhéry circuit in 1953.
Following the 1955 Le Mans disaster, which killed Pierre Levegh and 83
spectators, Bristol withdrew from direct involvement in motorsport and
all but one of the 450s were broken up.
This resin model is by Bizarre, sourced from a private
collection in July 2018.