Huge congratulations to Peter Atchison, winner of our 1976 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Camper with ticket number 1473. Mauro delivered early this morning with the sun
Dave has been repairing one of the rear wheel arches of our 1968 Jaguar Mk2 . He has welded new metal into places where corrosion
Our Surf Blue mini that we helped restore with Ted from Team C Racing is now set to star on Vintage Voltage on tv. We’ve
“It’s rather wonderful isn’t it” exclaimed Ian as we revealed his BMW Z3. Ian Logan is the lucky winner of our modern classic BMW Z3
Kath has been busy in the trim shop making a cover for the spare tyre for our gold 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche.
She started by cutting out black carpet in a circular shape for the top, and a long piece for the sides. Strips of black vinyl were then measured and cut. Kath sewed one of the vinyl strips around the outside edge of the circle of carpet. The vinyl was then folded under and sewn again along the edge of the carpet. This created a bound edge. She then created a bound edge on the long piece of black carpet, along one of the long edges and both the short ends. This long piece of carpet was then sewn onto the round piece of carpet, along the unbound edge, overlapping the two short ends. Pieces of velcro were sewn onto the underneath of the short ends, to make sure it stays together while wrapped around the tyre.
This car is being sold via The Classic sale at Silverstone 2021, by auction. Here’s a link to our website page with all the information needed.
A classic car wouldn’t be a classic car without a story! Last night we announced the winner of our 1979 MG Midget, congratulations to Coby Morton with ticket number 241.
Today, having put her on the ramp to carry out the necessary checks and pre delivery inspection we were greeted by a couple of small areas of corrosion that’ll need to be cut out and weld repairs carried out.
Paul and Scott have been working on repairing some corroded areas on our blaze orange 1979 MG Midget. The areas that needed attention were both the front inner arches, the nearside middle inner arch and the offside outer rear sill.
Paul also had to re-position and re-adjust the rear brake shoes and put a new rubber gaiter on the track rod end.
We have recently sold our 1960 Jensen 541S. It was being sold with the option of either; the buyer could buy the car as-is, or buy the car and have us restore it to its former glory or customise to their heart’s content. The buyer decided to buy it as-is and will be restoring it themselves! Here’s a website link to the original showroom page on our website, which gives you more information and photos.
And if you want to see what else we have for sale, click here
It is lovely to receive a copy of the Zomer 2021 Jensen Journaal in the post this week.
Several of our Jensens that we have restored have been featured in this month’s copy of the Dutch magazine, Jensen Journaal! https://jensenholland.nl/ It’s an absolute privilege, so thank you.
The magazine talks about our 1957 Jensen 541R, the 1958 Jensen 541R, the 1960 Jensen 541R and the 1960 Jensen 541S (The Prototype).
Here are our website links to the cars that were featured to find out more information on each of the restoration projects.
Recently posted from Electric Classic Cars, our 1967 Austin Mini 850 out on a weekend test drive.
A piece of history right there!
“Just got back from a scenic tour of some of the most picturesque charge stops in mid Wales. Thanks to Elan Valley visitor center, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales and Bwlch Nant Yr Arian for keeping these aging free chargers ticking. 82 miles and 50% battery used. “
The description for our 1979 MG Midget didn’t last very long as we sold out in record time! 21 hours from launch we sold our final ticket and can bring the draw forward.
Here’s what we said about the car…
We’re proud to present the latest MG competition car; our stunning Blaze Orange MG Midget 1500.
One of the very best usable summer classics, tickets on this practical British sportscar are only £5.
Our lovely example boasts a striking Blaze Orange exterior, which is paired delightfully with an incredible condition black leather interior. This honest classic is a very tidy, well presented classic, ready for some summer fun. With only 47,115 miles on the clock and stacks of paperwork and history dating back to 1980, this fun little classic is ready for a new owner!
The fourth and final generation MG midget was given a gearbox with synchromesh on all four gears and a larger 1500cc engine found in the triumph spitfire. The increased displacement and twin SU HS4 carbs made the final iteration of the midget the most spritely to drive.
Throw the roof down and enjoy a summer’s drive in your fabulous MG Midget. Enter the draw now for your chance of winning.”
Ady has completed work on the HMC. He has changed the thermostat and taken on a long test drive. All seems to be fine so the car can be returned to the owner.
Although we say goodbye to a lot of cars here at Bridge Classic Cars we always love to hear of their latest adventures and see images of them out and about. Here is our 1971 MB G Roadster, now with it’s official Cypriot paperwork!
Peter says “The weather is beautiful but heading towards high 30’s, need to go out early morning or late evening” – sounds perfect as we gear ourselves for a weekend of thunderstorms and torrential rain!
Good friend to Bridge Classic Cars Mark called upon our black book of contacts as he was in need of some new tyres fitted to his beautiful Porsche 911 Carrera 2.
Graeme from Tyre Assist, formerly We Fit Any Tyres Anywhere is the man to ask! Pirelli P-Zero N-rated 245/35/R20 91Y on the front and 295/30/R20 101Y on the rear.
About the Porsche: The seventh generation of Porsche’s iconic rear-engined 911 sports car; the 991 was manufactured between 2011 and 2019. Originally unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 991 was introduced to replace the outgoing 997 designation.
The model was a reinvention of the classic 911 recipe and only the third all-new 911 platform since its first release in 1963.
This example is a first-generation 991 (991.1) built before 2016. It was succeeded in late 2016 by the 991.2 model following a change in EU emissions legislation. As a result, the first-generation 991’s are now expected to represent the last naturally- aspirated 911 Carrera Porsche will ever manufacture and therefore cementing their place as a true modern classic in the making.
The car is based on a 2-wheel drive/ rear-engine configuration, utilising a 3.4 litre, 6-cyclinder version of Porsche’s legendary boxer engine which produces 350ps at 7,400rpm, with 288 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch ‘PDK’ automatic gearbox, and achieves 0- 62mph in 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 178mph.
Finished in classic Indischrot or ‘Guards Red’, one of the most recognisable Porsche colours (making its first appearance in the mid-70’s), the car boasts factory-fitted design cues from the Carrera S model including; 6-piston front calipers, dual-piped sports exhaust (PSE), and 20” SportDesign alloy wheels. In addition, the car is fitted with the optional Porsche Sports Chrono Package, Porsche’s Active Suspension (PASM), and Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus system for greatly improved handling.
Thanks, as always to Graeme for doing a great job!
Brian has been continuing his work on the Aston Martin DB2/4 interior.
He’s finished re-covering the pockets for the doors, the top parts for the dashboard and the cover for the rear hatch hinge. The door cards have been re-covered in new foam, then the new dark red leather, with a line of dark grey piping down one side. The pockets fix onto the doors first, and then the door cards go over the tops of these, so you just see the dark grey leather through a rectangle-shaped cut-out.
Brian has also been busy covering the rear door cappings, front window surrounds, rear side window surrounds and front side windows in the new dark grey leather.
Brian has been covering the top parts of the dashboard and the cover for the rear hatch hinge in the chosen new dark grey leather, for the Aston Martin DB2/4. He took the original leather off each of the pieces and cleaned off any old glue, before applying the new leather.
Brian has been making the pockets for our Continental Bentley. These sit inside the door panels and are made up of two parts. He took the original foam and leather off the “fronts” of the pockets and took the original leather off the “backs”. He then cleaned up the metal for each piece, before gluing new foam and leather onto them.
Brian has also been working on the frames that sit underneath the front base seats in the car. He took the original leather off each one and replaced with the new leather. Straps were also made that attach underneath these frames.
Her we have Ady carrying out a combustion leak test on our HMC, trying to find the cause of an apparent over heating issue. A long road test brought back no results to go by.
A new thermostat and leak detection test should hopefully show the issues, if any.
Winner of our 1989 Austin Mini ‘Pocket Rocket’ Keith Aldous visited our hangar this week to personally collected the car. Ordinarily we delivery direct to your local but we wlecome any of our winners down to have a look around and meet the team!
Here are a few photos from that day!
If you’d like to be like Keith and win the next competition car, our red 1959 Jaguar MK 1, or any of our future classic car competitions, check out the collection here click here
The day has come where we wave goodbye to our incredible Chevron B20-72-2.
The car is now on it’s way to it’s new owner who has already made the necessary plans to have her restored and prepared for the track.
The new owner is very well known in the motoring scene and this will be added to a collection of race cars that he already owns.
We hope to see the progress and results in due course. For now, it’s been fun…
Chris and Matt are continuing the work on shaping up the body of the Jaguar E-Type roadster in the paint shop.
Once the shell was back from the sand blasting, it was re-assembled, making sure all the panels lined up. From that, Chris and Matt were able to assess what condition the shell was in. It was then given a coat of epoxy primer to protect the metal and a thin layer of body filler to perfect the shape of the car and allow them to give each panel an equal gap around all the edges.
Dave has given the 1960 Morris Minor a final once over.
The fuel pump gaskets have been replaced. He removed the fuel tank sender unit to check it was in good working condition, which it was after cleaning. The fuel tank sender unit was re-installed with new gaskets. Dave also put in a new top hose and topped up with water and antifreeze.
The Morris Minor was test-driven after all this was done and all was fine, with the temperature gauge being checked in the process. The trafficator and temperature gauge are working perfectly now!
Paul has now removed our Chevrolet 3600 clutch to replace with new.
Scott has been fitting new parts into the silver Jaguar V12.
It now has new lower door seals and chrome trims on the sills (the original ones were missing). Also to be replaced were the cooling fan and the thermostatic switch, because the original switch was faulty and was heating up too high of a temperature, before the cooling fans would come on.
The original interior has also now been fitted back in by Scott.
Our 1915 Model T Ford has been successfully recommissioned and ready to go home.
We call it the Jensen bible and in order to protect it Kath has made a bespoke leather book bag.
She started the process by drawing, measuring and working out the dimensions and design for the bag. Black leather was cut out to the required shapes and measurements and then mounted onto 3mm foam. She then sewed around the edges of the mounted pieces to make sure they were secure.
The first step in putting it all together was to sew a zip between two pieces of mounted leather with a zipper foot. Red topstitching went down either side of the zip as a finishing touch. Kath attached the zip and sidebands with clips onto the front of the book bag, to make sure it all fitted together, before sewing in place. She checked the book fitted inside, before sewing the back of the bag on. Red topstitching running around the outside edges of the front and back matched the zipper.
Brian has been continuing his work on the interior for the Continental Bentley.
He began off by taking the original leather and foam off the door cappings, and then cleaned up the wood. New 3mm foam was cut to shape and glued into place. New leather was then cut out, using the original pieces as patterns. The new leather was glued on top of the 3mm foam and trimmed to shape for each capping.
Meanwhile, Kath has made the carpet that attaches to the door panels. The new carpet was cut to the correct shape and then bound with leather around the outside edge. These finished carpets were then glued onto the bottom edge of each door panel by Brian.
Huge congratulations to Peter Atchison, winner of our 1976 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Camper with ticket number 1473.
Mauro delivered early this morning with the sun shining!
“It’s easy to see how camping has developed such widespread appeal over the centuries – leaving modern society and its headaches behind to bask in the immutable ambiance of the natural world is a lifelong dream for many people. In the wake of this turbulent pandemic, the full effects of cabin fever have begin to set in, and it would seem that camping is shaping up to be the perfect antidote. Combining safe social practices with the opportunity to surrender oneself to the pristine beauty of the earth, the activity is uniquely equipped to reach unprecedented heights in popularity.
Camping has actually undergone a massive spike in activity due to current circumstances – just ask Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com, an outdoor accommodation booking website offering placement at over three thousands campgrounds across five continents. “Bookings are up 350% over the last two weeks, compared to the period immediately before,” says Yates. “With campgrounds in 67 countries, we first began seeing signs of a resurgence in Italy with an annual growth of 135% in campgrounds joining Pitchup since lockdown began there on March 9th. Since then, other countries such as the USA and the UK have begun to recover as lockdowns have started to ease or a phased approach to lifting restrictions has been announced.”
For those who are wary about leaving home in the midst of this pandemic, one aspect of camping should be particularly appealing: the distance. “As the most outdoorsy type of accommodation, camping offers more space per party: campsites are often already tens of feet apart and owners are even reducing capacity further. Campgrounds are spread over tens of hundreds of acres. Travelers are also not confined to enclosed indoor spaces, reducing the risk of transmission by touch and ventilation system.” While more conventional dwellings such as hotels and resorts involve constant human interaction, the average campsite provides ample space to keep one’s mind at ease.
One of the ultimate benefits of camping is the ability to fully immerse oneself in the aura of the natural world, breathe in the fresh air, and catch glimpses of some of the earth’s most elusive creatures – and thanks to current circumstances, the conditions in which to do so have never been better. As air pollution plummets amidst many of the world’s cities, camping becomes a more viable option for those reluctant to venture far from home. In years past, families may have needed to drive or even fly long distances to fill their lungs with fresh air, and now there are suitable campsites located just outside their city’s urban core.
For those with little experience when it comes to the great outdoors, it may be somewhat intimidating trying to narrow down the perfect destination. For amateurs, the best option may be a nation that’s well-equipped with campsites.
Yates explains. “It’s hard to imagine a travel sector better positioned post-pandemic. Truly accessible to all, with the space to socially distance and the novelty of nature after months of isolation indoors, camping is the perfect way to re-acclimate to life after lockdown.”
This weekend gone saw the the return of the incredible Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
Introducing the 2021 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition; you could be getting your hands on the very first Elise of the final edition for just £9.00 and if that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, you will be treated to a tour of the world famous Lotus factory in Hethel, Norfolk.
All of the proceeds from this incredible competition go to the CSF charity, enabling them to carry out their vital work helping people with disabilities.
Did you head to this year’s Festival of Speed and did you spot our Elise?
Our good friend Jack received images from his pal Dan beside our Elise. Dan is a fellow classic car enthusiast, owning a beautiful Triumph TR4, he took a trip to the Goodwood race circuit for the weekend of fun;
Local businessman, good friend to Bridge Classic Cars and the man with the beautiful Mk1 Golf and McLaren, Vincent Cheung enjoyed the weekend at Goodwood alongside his pal, automotive photographer, Roger Chan. Check out Roger’s work at rchanphotography.co.uk
Check out the images sent through to us from Vinnie:
And a walk around of the Lotus Evija and newly launched Lotus Emira.
Nigel Bromley, Head Of Brand Marketing for Group Lotus kindly shared some great images to his socials over the weekend.
And our colleagues over at Stratton Motor Company – Aston Martin and Lotus Specialists shared some incredible images of a busy Lotus stand too…
If you were there please feel free to send us your images and we’ll feature them on our Goodwood Festival of Speed coverage of the weekend.
Tyre Assist Ipswich, formerly know as We Fit Any Tyres Anyway has successfully re-fitted the tyre to our freshly painted Morris Minor wheel. It was caught up in a spot of bother when a vehicle collided with our Morris but failed to stop. The car is in with us now being repair. Thanks as always Graeme.
Dave has successfully cut out the corroded areas within the wheels arches of our Jaguar 240 Mk2. He is now working on repairing the areas with treatment and welding in new metalwork.
Take a look at this little firecracker! Owner Ross has brought his wonderful Austin morris in to see Ady, our engine specialist.
Ross noticed the car wasn’t running quite right as the air/fuel mixture looked to be running a touch rich. Ady has diagnosed the issue as a faulty choke. The choke cable wasn’t correctly fitted, causing the choke to always be around 1/4 on. This was what was causing the car to run rich.
Brought into us this morning, the car is already back on the road and running like a dream! Amazing work, Ady. Ross is now off to Goodwood Festival Of Speed, have a great time!!
Lydia, can normally be found in the trim shop, has been helping out with getting the Honda Integra ready for a re-paint.
She’s been sanding down various panels, including the front grill, spoiler, wing mirror surrounds and fuel tank cover. Most of the panels only needed a light sanding with a DA and soft sanding by hand afterwards. Any imperfections that were found in any of the paint, such as trapped air bubbles and chips, Lydia sanded down to the original bare plastic and feathered out. The underneath of all the different panels were cleaned to remove any residues that could get into the new paint.
Customer reported that he was having difficulty in getting the overdrive to engage every time. We established the overdrive unit was functioning correctly which lead us to believe was, possibly, all we needed to do was change the oil. When we started to drain the oil we found it was of a water consistency. We changed the oil for new with the correct viscosity and the overdrive now functions correctly.
Sometimes it is nice to have an easy fix solution.
Graham Cousins entered one of our classic car competitions. His ticket, number 382 was drawn and today he has come to our classic car workshop to collect his prize.
New, these CL600’s were £100,000! A dream car for many, Graham won this car from a £5 ticket!
Graham is fairly local to us, so accompanied by wife Sandra, opted to visit us for a tour of our classic car workshop when collecting his car. A lovely couple, Graham and Sandra were blown away seeing their new Mercedes CL600 in person.
Could you be our next winner?
We’ve got some incredible cars live on our website.
Somewhat of a mobile task for Ady this week. Fuel was leaking from our 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12. Ady visited the car to see what, if anything, could be done with the car in it’s current location. The carbs needed our attention so we brought them back to the workshops to be overhauled. New gaskets, float valve and diaphragms were fitted and now we are ready to refit back to the car.
Ady continues work on the service of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type V12. We have changed the air filter and fuel filter, we have also changed the thermostat. The gas ram on the bonnet require replacing as well as the door rubbers on the window.
The car is a relatively new purchase for the current owner and his decision to have the car checked over and any remedial works to be carried out is a great idea. Not only does he know that the car is fit for purpose once it leaves our workshops but managing budgets in any situation is good. Doing smaller bits and pieces when work is required is much better than leaving it to build up into a much larger, costly project.
Our 1996 Toyota Hilus has been treated to a brand new, custom made, ceiling cloth.
Although some may consider it ‘not yet a classic’ parts for the Toyota Hilux are becoming increasingly difficult to source. A ceiling cloth is one of those parts that need to be manufactured from scratch.
We matched the interior as best we could with the resources we had. The existing ceiling cloth, although too far gone to repair, was useful to have as it helped us compare like for like materials and finishes.
A sound deadening mat was applied to the underside of the roof prior to the ceiling cloth being fitted. The interior accessories have all been cleaned up and prepared for refit so now that it is all in position the windows can be refitted and work can commence with the restoration.
Although Bridge Classic Cars have had involvement along the way, the project is actually being completed by father and son which is an amazing story. Being a father and son team here at Bridge Classic Cars it’s moments like this in life that make wonderful memories. We can’t wait to see the final results!
Dave has been repairing one of the rear wheel arches of our 1968 Jaguar Mk2 . He has welded new metal into places where corrosion was beginning to take over. He then fitted the jacking point back in to position!
Unfortunately the other side will require a lot more attention but although it’s often unexpected work on classics that come back to bite you it is work that is essential in order to keep the cars on the road for many many years to come.
Scott’s attention is now on the nearside floor pan of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type V12. He is welding and repairing areas in need of attention.
The Jaguar E-Type 4.2 has been getting serviced in the workshop recently. The oil has been been drained to get rid of any impurities that may have been in it.
Brian and Kath have been busy continuing to make the new interior for the Continental Bentley.
Brian took the old covers off the front door armrests and rear quarter panels. The rear quarter panels become armrests once in the car, sitting either side of the rear seat, in this two-door car.
Kath sewed up the front door armrests, which comprised of new leather pieces cut to shape, using the original pieces as patterns. Piping was created and sewn around the curved edge.
She then sewed up the new rear quarter panels, using the original pieces as patterns again, on the new leather. Piping was made up again and sewn in between two pieces.
Brian was then in charge of fitting the new covers onto the original forms. The front door armrests went back onto their shaped foams and the rear quarter panels were pulled tight and stapled on the underneath. These will then get attached to wooden boards before going back in the car.
Brian has also re-covered the front door panel with 3mm foam and leather, which are both trimmed to shape and glued into place.
Next up in the making will be making new pockets for the inside of the doors, which will be made from a combination of leather and carpet!
We have discovered a slight fuel leak whilst preparing our VW T2. Upon closer inspection a fuel hose was disintegrating so we have replaced the hose with new and the fuel leak is no more!
Our beautiful blue Morris Minor is in the paint booth ready for paint to finish its visit.
This charming Beetle came into us due to a breakdown caused by a condenser wire rubbing against the body and causing issues with the distributor. Ady is attending to the engine problem whilst Mauro carries out a service.
We’re running our beautiful 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 through a thorough service to check that it’s running as it should.
Last week Kath was working on a new headliner and sun visors. Today, Brian is setting up the Hilux so that the ceiling cloth can be fitted. Brian first cleaned the roof, before fitting sound deadening. Once the sound deadening was in place, Brian then begun fitting the roof lining fabric, gluing it perfectly into place.
This restoration is a part home-restoration with the occasional help from us at Bridge. The clients have decided they want to do it themselves with our aid as and when it’s needed.
As always, a wonderful job by our trim team!
On Thursday, the team headed down to shoot our blue 1989 Austin Mini at Bentwaters. Although it was a rather gloomy day, Freddie and Ellie still managed to shoot a fantastic video and gallery of images with Charlotte.
You can take a full look at the photos here, first up we have Charlotte’s portraits:
And here is the full product gallery of the mini: