Bristol Cars goes into administration

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Luxury car manufacturer Bristol Cars has gone into administration, it has been confirmed.

It has been hand-building luxury cars since 1946 at its factory in Filton in the north of Bristol.

The firm, whose models include the Fighter and the Blenheim, has a single showroom in London.

Tom MacLennan and Trevor Binyon from RSM Tenon were appointed as joint administrators for the company on Thursday.

Mr MacLennan said: "While there have been a number of immediate redundancies due to the financial position of the company, we are maintaining the sales and service operations so customers will continue to be supported.

"We would urge any interested parties to make contact with us as quickly as possible and are confident that we can secure the future of this iconic British brand."

Bristol Cars began life as an aeroplane maker - the Bristol Aeroplane Company - but after the second world war moved into the luxury, hand-built car market.

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