“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
Our Lotus has come back in for a service before the owner takes it out on a road trip.
We’ve attended to the engine cooling fans which are working correctly, we’ve found no oil leaks, we’ve checked over the vehicle to identify any other faults, which we have not found and replaced the oil and filter.
We love receiving updates from winners about what they’re getting up to with their cars. Adrian has gone camping with his campervan and Tr4. What a great opportunity to take it out on a new adventure now that camping is back on the cards!
Last but certainly not lease, our spectacular orange mini 1275 GT arrived at the David Gair-Steven’s house this week.
David Gair-Stevens won with ticket number 632.
We wish you many happy memories in your classic Mini, David!
“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 and made the trip, with his wife Gail, from central London to collect his new car.
Their excitement was tangible as they walked around the car, inspecting their new drive home.
“I can’t thank you enough, it’s incredible” Ian beamed, sat behind the wheel.
Our favourite part of the competitions is seeing the delight of our winners when they see their new motor. We hope Ian and Gail have many happy miles in the car and we can’t wait to see where they take it!
You can see their full reactions in our video below:
We’re currently awaiting a road test on our black 1960 Jensen 541R to see how it runs and if there are any teething issues.
Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race car is feeling rather poorly at the moment and is awaiting a new clutch from Norfolk Clutch and Brake who are fabricating a new heavy duty clutch.
We recently said goodbye to this VW T4 however its now back in again due to a suspicious knocking sound coming form underneath which we are now investigating.
We recently had this classic Lada in for a restoration and now its back for a health check. We’ve run a service on it and are now beginning to replace the front wheel bearings and the dust covers on the callipers.
This Austin Healey 1000 has come in with some engine troubles. We identified a water leak and oil in the water. We’ve removed the head to investigate.
We’re delighted to announce that Matthew Evans has received his new 1969 Mini MKII 850 Super Deluxe safe and sound. Matthew won with his lucky ticket number 1532.
Matthew bought only one ticket with us which happened to be his first ever ticket he’d bought with us – and as fate would have it, it happened to be his winning ticket.
Our 1996 35th Anniversary edition Mini Cooper has been delivered to Steve Hatswell in East Grinstead last week. Steve happens to be the brother of Phillip Hatswell who received the BMW Z3M. We often see family members enter after seeing their relatives win with us, but it’s a first for a double family win!
You can see the live draw and entry lists from the night, here.
Some of you may remember that almost 18 months ago, we sold this charming 1962 TVR Grantura Race Car, just one of a few of its kind. This article explains its history and its upcoming restoration. We’re delighted to not only feature on a 6 page spread but to also appear on the front cover!
We’re eagerly await more news on the restoration of this very special TVR.
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Our 911 has recently left us after having its final paint completed. The paint shop soothed down the paint and resembled the whale tale and body kit so it looked back to new. The whale tale had also been painted in satin black to freshen it up.
Our 1962 TVR Grantura has come out of hibernation and into the workshop to have some TLC. Tom has made a bonnet latch to attach to the current lever. This is more of a cosmetic comfort alteration and simply makes the mechanism more use friendly.
We’ve also noticed that the speedo isn’t working correctly as the indicator tends to shake as it moves, making the speed readings inaccurate. A new earth cable has also been fitted.
Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we love the fact that we are never too far away from a classic car or a classic car enthusiast.
Whilst enjoying an afternoon meal out with the family at The Bell Inn, Walberswick Craig was thrilled to see a classic Jaguar E-Type arrive in the car park having enjoyed a nice run out in the sunshine.
What made it even more special was the fact that it’s one of our Jaguar E-Type’s that we have recently seen through the doors at Bridge Classic Cars.
It’s great to recognise cars when we visit the local car shows and even more so to see them enjoying a day out at the pub in the sunshine.
If you ever find yourself in or around the beautiful Suffolk coast why not pop in to The Bell, Walberswick…
The Bell is situated on the village green, in the heart of picturesque Walberswick, Suffolk and just a stones throw from the rolling sand dunes, stands The Bell Inn. This elegant, 600 year old pub is steeped in history, sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty, big blue skies and fresh sea air.
Our lovely 1953 Riley which broke down recently is currently being stored up at Bentwaters whilst we wait for the parts to come back. This poor classic unfortunately broke down due to loosing drive. We’ve taken the overdrive out and found that the coupling between the gearbox and overdrive was sheered. After repairing the coupling, we took it out on a test drive and found it still wasn’t running right, so on the customers request, we’re now endeavouring the remove the overdrive all together and modify the prop shaft back to its original size to run a standard gear box.
The prop shaft has been sent off to be shortened so whilst we wait, our Riley is relaxing in our hanger.
Our custom build Jaguar E-Type race car has come back into the workshop for a new pressure plate as the one we’d fit had shattered and fractured during one of our test drives. Unfortunately, the element was faulty, thus leading to this dramatic fracture. Our beloved Jaguar has gone from a roar to a pur but we’ll have it back up and running soon.
We’ve also found that the clutch slave cylinder was leaking which we are now endeavouring to fix.
Our charming 1962 BMW Isetta has just launched and we’re already getting a lot of love for the micro sized car.
Opening up the small front door, it teeters on its hinges in a fridge like fashion, revealing a steering wheel and gears attached to the inside of the door, which present themselves to you as you get in. Sitting on the front seats which are fashioned to look like a comfortable tartan bench, the seating area leaves little room for a passenger. Everything about this car is dainty and charming, and is set to trigger nostalgia in many.
The BMW Isetta offers a great solution to crowded cities and difficult parking but isn’t one you’d be pulling handbrake turns in. Certainly amid a pandemic, a bubble car seems suited to the days of socially distanced car meets.
Rumour has it, just after the war, BMW were struggling. They were making big saloons and high end sports cars in the hopes that they could attract wealthy buyers, but it came at a cost. A cost that almost finished one of the biggest brands in the world today.
They then discovered the Isetta. The Isetta was already in production by another company and BMW worked out that it was far cheaper to buy the rights to building this incredible car rather than try to produce something similar, so that’s exactly what they did.
And here we have it, one of the quirkiest classic cars ever to have graced our roads, our 1962 BMW Isetta ‘Bubble’ Car.
A huge hit in the 50’s with over 160,000 units sold, ours being one of the later models, a 1962, means it has the upgraded high displacement engine, pumping out a massive 298cc, producing a colossal 13bhp. With a recommended top speed of 46mph and achieving an impressive 63 miles per gallon.
The Isetta was not popular in the UK until a three-wheeled version was introduced. Although three-wheeled vehicles are more prone to rolling over, there was a financial advantage: they could evade automobile legislation and taxation by being classed as three-wheeled motorcycles and could be driven with a motorcycle licence.
In 1962, Isetta of Great Britain stopped production of the little cars so ours being from the final year makes this very rare classic even more special. A very collectable classic, this lovely Isetta would be a welcome addition to any garage. Pick up your tickets today for a chance of winning this fun little classic.
Brian has recently recovered the door capping’s of our Nissan Patrol in fresh vinyl to give them a new lease of life.
This stunning 1986 420SL has just come in for a re-commission. Our technicians will take a look over this classic to evaluate what needs to be done. At a first glance there are some serious signs of rust on the lower sills, worn and torn interior, paint bubbling, chips and blemishes as well as cracks in the glass. We’re looking forward to getting this charming classic back on the road and looking healthy again.