A nice pair of Bristols? We go in search of shutline nirvana – by air and by road.
Earlier in the week, we spent a fair amount of time examining shutlines and the lengths to which some carmakers will go to engineer solutions to the issues left by the stylists, not to mention the depths to which the marketing team will descend to cast them in the best possible light.
So it is perhaps timely that we return to the subject today. In some ways, we might be accused of being a little harsh to single out a specialist carmaker like Bristol in this manner, the storied marque having been more akin to a cottage industry – especially in production engineering terms. Bristol, owing to their modest circumstances, had to made do and mend, and for the most part they succeeded in masking their inherent deficiencies.
But as time wore on and both customers and the wider industry became ever more sophisticated, the products of Filton looked increasingly like something from a previous epoch – arguably for some at least, a intrinsic component of their appeal.
Today, courtesy of Driven to Write co-founder, and former fellow-scribe, Sean Patrick, we revisit an article which formed part of a DTW monthly theme devoted to the subject of those difficult body-in-white transitions we autophiles call shutlines.
A shorter piece than he was generally known for, it nevertheless showcases his keen eye for detail, his broad knowledge, his razor sharp wit and languid writing style. We miss Sean around these parts.
We are enjoying something of an impromptu Bristol-fest this weekend, but the festivities can only begin if you click on this link. Should this further whet your appetite for the fine products of Filton, we can also recommend this alternative piece from the same author, examining Bristol’s 2016 resurrection – which if we’re not mistaken seems to have gone rather quiet once more.