Dubbed "the fighter pilot's delight" by the author L.J.K.Setright, the Bristol 450 was based upon the chassis of the G type ERA - an abortive first outing at Le Mans in 1953 was followed by perhaps the most remarkable team success in the history of the sport.
3 cars entered in 1954, in the 2 litre class, finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in that class, and 7th, 8th and 9th in overall classification. Peter Wilson and Jim Mayers won the class at 90.75 mph.
Furthermore, the team returned in 1955, with the roofs removed, and repeated the identical result, 1st, 2nd and 3rd in class and 7th,8th and 9th overall. Peter Wilson and Jim Mayers again leading the way at 94.61 mph.