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TR6 Interior Triumph

Our gorgeous 1973 Triumph TR6 interior restoration is now complete. The car itself is back at home with her owner Nigel. Meanwhile our specialist in-house

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Anything but mellow…

Our eye-catching bright yellow 1971 Lotus Europa arrived with us at Bridge Classic Cars HQ this morning and is anything but mellow. Designed as the

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Chrome & Away

A variety of chrome parts are being sent away this week. Our good friends at Douglas Metal Findings are going to bring them back to

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Tip Top Trim Shop

Our interior trim expert Brian has been spending time with our stunning 1973 Triumph TR6 this week. The eye-catching magenta classic is undergoing a full

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Fill ‘er up!

Our specialist classic car technician Paul has built a bespoke filler neck component for our black 1960 Jensen 541R. The customer wanted the iconic chrome

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Welcome To The Workshop

The Bridge Classic Cars team welcomed this incredible 1972 Mercedes 280SE into the workshop this weekend. Due to begin restorative work in October, we’ll mostly

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Hello Again E-Type!

The wonderful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 has been taken on a lovely little road trip this week. Her owner, who lives overseas, came

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What’s on the agenda?

Here’s a sneak peak into a couple of classic cars we’ve been chatting about this week. First up, it’s this incredible 1990 BMW Alpina. A

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Stripping The SL500

Our soon-to-be stunning 1987 Mercedes SL500 is being prepped for a complete paint re-spray. She’s been with us for over a year where we’ve worked

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Raising the Roof!

Brian in our trusty trim shop has been busy with our 1961 Morris Mini this week. “I laid the restored frame over the headliner material,”

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TR6 Interior Triumph

Our gorgeous 1973 Triumph TR6 interior restoration is now complete.

The car itself is back at home with her owner Nigel. Meanwhile our specialist in-house trim shop team, Kath and Brian, have been working hard at creating this stunning diamond stitched maroon and grey leather interior.

This unique stitch work was the vision of Nigel, who came to us with little more than a simple sketch on a piece of A4. He had already made up his mind on the colour combination he wanted, to compliment the exterior paintwork he’s also having done.

The final threads were sewn earlier today and… Wow! What a fantastic end result! We cannot wait to see these interior works of art in their new home, snug within our maroon 1973 Triumph TR6. We’ll have to wait for Nigel to bring her back once fitted to show her off, we’re so looking forward to it!

1996 Nissan Patrol: Uncovering The Rust

Antony has been working on the first stage of our our 1996 Nissan Patrol restoration, getting on top of the rust!

He’s been cutting out any rotten or rusted metal and been welding in fresh steel. Frustratingly, the further inside the car we look, the more rust we’ve found. There is unfortunately quite a lot of rust within the sills and around all four arches.

Anything but mellow…

Our eye-catching bright yellow 1971 Lotus Europa arrived with us at Bridge Classic Cars HQ this morning and is anything but mellow.

Designed as the optimal Grand Prix sports car, the Europa has a lightweight fibreglass body and super responsive throttle making it great fun to drive.

Our little beauty has been in the same family since new, passed down through generations and spent the last ten years or so in a barn in Suffolk.

Her latest owner, Dan Dew of Demand Engineering in Stonham Aspal, inherited the rare sports car from his Grandfather Lawrence Dew back in 2010. “It’s been mine inherently for some years now, but still stored in my Grandfathers barn” Dan tells us. “As he’s got older, I felt it was the right time to take her off his hands and get her restored.”

There was a real buzz in the workshop today as Bridge Classic Car owners, father and son, Gordon and Craig, gushed over their latest purchase.

“It’s not often I get excited” Gordon expressed, “but today, I’m excited. You can’t take the smile off my face.”

The team at Bridge Classic Cars plan get her cleaned up and the engine recommissioned, then plan what the future holds for this little sports car from there.

We’re excited to see the progress made on our idyllic Lotus Europa, we’re sure you are too!

Chrome & Away

A variety of chrome parts are being sent away this week. Our good friends at Douglas Metal Findings are going to bring them back to life.

These parts belong to our 1957 Jensen 541R and our 1961 Morris Mini. See if you can you match which parts belong to which car!

The perfect morning – Classic car chat over a cuppa…

Our gorgeous little 1990 TVR S2 was bought into us this week for a consultation by her owner Andrew Henry, of the TVR Car Club.

We chatted with Andrew about all things TVR, classics and restorations, over a cuppa of course.

On the face of it, our lovely little convertible looks in great condition. But Andrew is exploring options for an interior upgrade and we are more than happy to oblige!

Tip Top Trim Shop

Our interior trim expert Brian has been spending time with our stunning 1973 Triumph TR6 this week.

The eye-catching magenta classic is undergoing a full restoration with us and currently is getting some special treatment in our in-house trim shop.

Brian begins with the underlay. “Starting with the rear section,” he explains “I mapped out all the underlay sections then positioned and glued them into place.”

He then began on the wheel arches, “I glued foam onto the wheel arch sections” Brian explains “then glued vinyl onto them, glued the rear bulk head carpet into place and fitted the wheel arch panels over the top”.

After fixing the cockpit panel, Brian turned his attention to the side panels of the car. “I added material to the inside posts and glued in these triangular panels.”

Brian then fitted the carpet sections for both the sills and rear foot wells. Finishing off by fitting the front foot well carpets.

We are obsessed with this colour combination, magenta paint with a biscuit interior. Our customer selected these colours, as the car arrived with us totally different! It’s one of the many exciting parts of bespoke classic car restoration.

What colour combination would you choose?

Fill ‘er up!

Our specialist classic car technician Paul has built a bespoke filler neck component for our black 1960 Jensen 541R.

The customer wanted the iconic chrome Monza fuel cap. Therefore, we needed to get creative and manufacture a new filler neck to accommodate this modification.

Even though not part of the original Jensen, the Monza cap looks right at home. We love making our customers visions come to life. They do indeed have great taste!

Dave’s Diagnosed Our Poorly Jensen 541R’s Gearbox Issue

Having come into the Bridge Classic Cars Workshop with severe running issues, Dave was tasked with taking a look at exactly what was causing the fault in this beautiful Jensen.

Suspecting the fault to be within the gearbox, dave lowered the gearbox out of the car. Upon closer inspection, it was clear to see the issue. The drive plate splines were not the correct size and specification for the Jensen’s gearbox.

A drive plate is a plate that fits onto the flywheel, which in turn is mated to the gearbox. The splines within the drive plate are machined to perfectly fit the flywheel. It appears that an incorrect drive plate has been fitted.

The next step will be to source a correct Clutch assembly. There is wear on the pressure plate so John has advised to replace this while the gearbox is out.

The Midget has a Pit-Stop

Our 1972 MG Midget has come to us this week for a very quick pit-stop to change her tyres. Her owner bought her new tyres from our good friends at vintage tyres who got in touch with us to fit them.

Classic cars will often require more specialist equipment to change their tyres, which we at Bridge are happy to source.

So after a quick pit-stop and a cup of tea – she’s off! Back on the road again. Happy driving little MG!

The Trim Team Tackle The TR6

Our super-star trim shop duo Kath and Brian continue work on the exciting 1973 Triumph TR6.

Now all the interior leather seat covers and panels are complete, they’re ready to be fitted into the car.

The team have also added the bespoke biscuit leather door panels. Now they’re fitted in place, the final additions are added like door handles and window crank.

It’s so exciting seeing a colour combination coming together, what do you think to this colour scheme?

Bits ‘n’ Bobs on the Jensen’s

Scott, one of our classic car technicians has been tinkering with several more intricate parts of both the 1957 and 1960 Jensens. “I stripped down and modified the windscreen wiper mechanism,” Scott tells us, “re-greased it, put it back together then fitted it back onto the car.”

Scott also stripped down the motor for the wipers, then cleaned the grease out, prepped and repainted it, repacked the grease then re-fitted it to the car.

Scott has also made and fitted new number plate surrounds for both Jensens. “I had to fabricate a tiny joiner or ‘mount’ as it were, for the top.”

Scott has also modified the boot lid handle as it didn’t fit. Along with sorting out the bonnet guides and rest plates and fitted the glass for the 1/4 windows and fitted them to the car too. Scott also refurbished the courtesy lights too.

“I then made a boot-prop,” Scott described. “I’ve fitted that, along with the boot catch and striker plate, then adjusted the boot so it would close.” He also then fitted the return spring to the throttle pedal.

All these little additions contribute toward what will be two fantastic cars, both looking and working. Super work Scott!

Transporter Road Trip

Our trusty transporter hit the road again this weekend to delivery our fantastic 1971 Rover P5B back to her owner.

Soon to be used as the bridal carriage for his daughters wedding, the Rover has had some much needed TLC from the team at Bridge including a full service to ensure she’s immaculate for the big day.

We then did a straight swap for this gorgeous red MG TD, also coming to Bridge Classic Cars for some restoration work. We’re looking forward to having this beauty in the workshop. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates!

Our covered transporter is a super secure way to transport valuable classics, especially open top cars as it protects them en route from all the elements. Get in touch if you need your pride and joy taken from A to B in style!

Welcome To The Workshop

The Bridge Classic Cars team welcomed this incredible 1972 Mercedes 280SE into the workshop this weekend.

Due to begin restorative work in October, we’ll mostly be focused on welding work around the wheel arches on the underside of the car. As you can see from the pictures, there’s a good amount of rust and damage to rectify.

We can’t wait to get her into our in-house body shop to begin work restoring her back to her former glory. Keep an eye on our project blog to see her transformation.

TR6 Is Ready For Trim

Our 1973 TR6 is ready and waiting to enter our in-house trim shop. She’s had a ton of restoration work done on the engine and body, so now it’s time to restore her interior.

Her owner has opted for a gorgeous biscuit leather for the interior. We think it’ll set the magenta paintwork off a treat! We’re looking forward to seeing the colour scheme come together over the next few weeks.

Hello Again E-Type!

The wonderful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 has been taken on a lovely little road trip this week.

Her owner, who lives overseas, came to collect her from our workshop to spend a short trip away. With the sun shining, the roof down, and some lovely long empty roads – it looks like absolute heaven!

The Jag has since been returned to us to be kept snug in our secure storage facility, eagerly awaiting her next road trip. We look forward to seeing her next adventure!

Freddie’s In The Fast Lane

Our superstar marketeer Freddie put his ‘out of office’ on today and headed up to Norfolk for a track day.

Hosted by Car Chase Heroes, Freddie is spending the day in some exceptional company with a Porsche 911, a Lotus Cortina, a Ford MK1 Escort, a Jaguar E-Type, a Chevrolet Corvette, a Ford Mustang GT500, a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari 348.

Freddie’s having a great day, we can’t wait for him to get back to Bridge HQ and tell us all about it. Enjoy Freddie!

Happy 100th Anniversary Mazda!

Mazda are celebrating their 100 year anniversary so we thought we’d share a couple of our favourite Mazda’s we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.

This exciting and incredibly rare 1995 Mazda Efini RX-7 Type R Bathurst was won by one lucky winner through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

We pride ourselves on sourcing exceptional vehicles for our competitions, and this Mazda Efini was certainly no exception. The Mazda Efini RX-7 Type R Bathurst’s were limited to 500 units purely for the Japanese domestic market. This car is believed to be the only one in the UK and is thought to be one of the very best, rarest, low mileage RX-7’s in the world.

Our winner Mark was certainly overjoyed with his win! We would be too!

This 2003 Mazda MX-5 came to us with rusty sills so we replaced the parts and gave her a fresh respray. We absolutely love to see before and after pictures of our restorations.

Check out Mazda’s 100th Anniversary virtual tour for a good look through many other iconic Mazda’s through the decades.

What’s on the agenda?

Here’s a sneak peak into a couple of classic cars we’ve been chatting about this week.

First up, it’s this incredible 1990 BMW Alpina. A very rare car indeed, Alpina are a Baverian based manufacturer in Germany who specifically develop high performance BMW’s.

We’ve been chatting about this beauty this week as the owner is looking for a buyer and we’re all ears for it.

We’ve also been chatting about about this lovely little sports car- a 1961 MGA 1600 MK1 ‘Deluxe’. Acclaimed to be one of only nine other genuine RHD cars left.

Whilst much of the MGA is sound, other parts are in need of some attention. So we hope to be welcoming this little beauty into our workshop soon to give her some well earned TLC.

Stripping The SL500

Our soon-to-be stunning 1987 Mercedes SL500 is being prepped for a complete paint re-spray.

She’s been with us for over a year where we’ve worked tirelessly on repairing her body from an incredible amount of rust and damage. All the welding work is now complete though, so- it’s onto our precious paint shop!

First things first, all the old body paint has to be stripped so the entire shell can be prepped and primed ready for her final paint job.

We’ve used a highly erosive acidic paint stripper to remove all the old paint from the body work. If you look closely you can see the bubbles getting to work!

Raising the Roof!

Brian in our trusty trim shop has been busy with our 1961 Morris Mini this week. “I laid the restored frame over the headliner material,” explains Brain, “cutting flaps at the edge and stapling around the crossbars.”

Brian then glued the corners, front and rear pulling the fabric tight to stick it to the frame.

“I’ve then trimmed off all the excess” says Brian, “then added the clips and it’s done!” Brian’s followed the same process for both the front and rear roof liners, both of which are now read to be fitted.

Seamless work Brian!

Power Steering The Jensen 541R

Both our 1957 and 1960 Jensen 541R’s had an upgrade in steering system this week.

John, our classic car workshop manager explained, “It’s a like-for-like exchange really. We take the old steering column out and replace with power steering.”

In some other cars this process can be much more complex, but for the Jensen’s it’s a case of replace and rewire.

“I then make sure it’s all fitted nicely away,” explains John, “so you can’t see it.”

We love the concept of transforming classic cars by upgrading things like power steering, aircon and installing modern technology including sound systems, Bluetooth and GPS.

Now you really can have the look and feel of a classic car, but with the luxury extras you’d find on a newer model. To find out how we can improve your classic car driving experience, give us a call – 01473 724038