As a youth I also visited the showroom in London. Despite arriving by bus, I got a warm welcome by Tony Crook. But then I had the advantage that he awaited a potential customer with a doctor title, and he was not quick enough to change his behaviour towards me when I had to disappoint him. My reason to visit the showroom was the Chrysler V10-powered Fighter model with its totally unusal "modern" bodywork. There was a strong attraction of this model for me. Yet, I was rather disappointed when inspecting the car in the showroom. Not only were the panel gaps huge and uneven, but the interior design and trimming looked very amateurish to me in detail.
Notwithstanding that I could in any case not afford the car, I therefore left the showroom soon, even before the real potential customer with the appointment showed up. I reverted to my interest for the older Zagato-bodied Beaufighter, but settled for a Ford-engined Reliant Scimitar GTC as my every-day-car for many years. It reminded me a bit of the body shape of the Bristol, but was much more practical and affordable (and in the end I was convinced that the proportions of the body are also more pleasing).
While I never again aspired to own a Bristol, I kept my interest in them. With it all the collected brochures are still on hand, and all the books ever published on Bristol are in the library, and I keep adding. Right now I await delivery of the latest title... I think sometimes it is better when dreams stay dreams.