It was in 1949 when the hit romance flick Adam and Evelyne staring two of Britain’s hottest actors, Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons, hit the massive display screen.
The movie, regardless of its unusual plot telling the story of a veteran gambler who turns into the daddy determine of a deceased good friend’s daughter, solely to fall in love together with her a while later, was profitable on the field workplace and even gained greatest comedy of the 12 months on the Worldwide Movie Pageant in Switzerland.
To advertise the movie, Granger, enjoying the male lead, purchased each himself and his co-star/future spouse matching 1949 Bristol 402 right-hand-drive drophead coupes. And now, Simmon’s coupe, registration quantity NPF 2, might be offered at Bonham’s upcoming Beaulieu Sale.
So how did Granger and Simmons get their fingers on these uncommon Bristol 402 drophead coupes? Bonhams tells us the story:
“The Bristol 402 drophead coupe was much more unique than the saloon, a mere 24 being delivered between 1949 and 1950, of which it’s estimated fewer than 12 survive,” the British public sale firm says within the automobile’s itemizing.
“Profitable racing driver Tony Criminal had been concerned with Bristol’s automobile division from the outset. Criminal gained the UK’s first post-war motor racing driving a Frazer Nash-BMW, a victory witnessed by one among his largest followers: Stewart Granger.”
When information acquired out that Bristol had determined to supply a small assortment of convertibles primarily based on the 401, Granger reached out to Criminal to say two of them.
Criminal recalled: “He and his future spouse Jean Simmons have been about to star collectively within the movie Adam and Evelyn and Granger was eager to his ‘his and hers’ an identical Bristol automobiles.”
Granger’s hopes and desires have been answered when Criminal offered the couple the primary two fashions made: NPF 1 and NPF 2.
It’s rumored that Simmons was usually seen driving her Bristol round Surrey earlier than she moved to Hollywood to star in movies reminiscent of Guys and Dolls, Spartacus and Elmer Gantry.
Earlier than shifting to California, Simmons offered her Bristol again to Criminal, who swapped out the unique 85-horsepower 120.4cid engine with a extra highly effective Frazer Nash-BMW engine.
Bonhams notes that in 2001, Simmons’ NPF 2 underwent restoration and an engine/gearbox overhaul that ran up a invoice near $134,400.
The automobile was the winner of the Bristol House owners’ Membership concours in 2003 and was featured in Octane journal in March 2011 and Basic & Sports activities Automotive journal in 2014.
Bonhams estimates Simmons’ 1949 Bristol 402 will promote for at least $210,000 at its public sale on September 5 on the Nationwide Motor Museum in New Forest, Hampshire.