On a beautiful summer’s day we took a trip out to the coast, to inspect our 1990 Austin Mini 30. And whilst in Southwold we couldn’t resist a trip to the beach too.
And we weren’t alone in our beach trip. We even bumped into our 1969 Pontiac Firebird, still looking as good as the day she left our workshops.
Launched in June 1989, the limited-edition Mini Thirty (30) celebrated the car’s 30th birthday and was based on the Mini Mayfair. Fitted with the 998cc engine, it was offered in Cherry Red (COG-BLVC843) or black (PMA-BLVC90) and was fitted with chrome bumpers and grille, a dedicated Coachline set and 1959-1989 crests, a security coded stereo and a set of Minilite-style alloy wheels.
The black and red half-leather interior was common to both car colours.
Of the 3,000 produced for the UK, 2,000 were in Cherry Red and 1,000 were Black; 2,800 were manual and 200 had an automatic gearbox. 600 were made with an optional sun roof.
At the time, the list price was a cool £5,599, another 30 years on, the car is a true British classic, with prices heading in one direction from now…upwards!
Lovely to log on this morning and see across social media some familar cars enjoying the sunshine this weekend. Our 1976 VW T2 Ambulance at Glemham Hall and our 1969 Pontiac Firebird 350 parked up in Southwold.
The cars are prepped and ready for this year’s Kersey Mill Drive It Day
We weren’t as fortunate with the weather as last year’s incredible sunshine but we still had an amazing day at Kersey Mill for this year’s Drive It Day.
“A showcase of spectacular Vintage & Classic Cars. A day out for all the family. Admire the beautiful vehicles, tour the historic water mill & gardens. teas, coffees & lunches available. BBQ, licensed bar. Various attractions for the whole family, pony rides, dog friendly (on leads) Display vehicles Free. Raising funds for the Roonah Faith O’halloran fund and the restoration of Kersey Mill.”
We took along 5 of our cars to showcase: 1969 Pontiac Firebird, 1968 Triumph Vitess, 1957 Mercedes 190SL, 1973 BMW 2002 Targa and our 1970 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda restoration project.
As always, we got to spend the day with many of our friends from all over Suffolk. Lovely to see Howard from Howard Watts Automotive, Tony from Wyatt Polishing, Richard Wilding from the ODX Group and a huge thank you to Steve and Alison De Lara-Bell for organising a great day.
Amongst the Firebird paperwork from the US we have discovered an amazing photo of how the car was originally found.
Fresh in the UK from Canada our 1969 Pontiac Firebird is now available for sale. Join us as we walk around the car…
‘It was the night before Christmas…’
…when we received the phone call from Ian at Schumacher Cargo Logistics to confirm the arrival of our 1969 Pontiac Firebird into Felixstowe docks.
She had been at sea for a number of weeks taking the trip over from Canada but a couple of days prior to the phone call we were expecting the ship to be arriving. Once the containers had been offloaded and signed in we were able to collect the car.
She fired up first time and if it wasn’t for the fact that the nearside rear tyre was completely flat we would have driven her back from the docks to our Pettistree workshops. Instead we loaded up the trailer and took a de-tour to the local garage to get some air.
It was then we were able give her a good run out on the A14 and A12.
More amazing pictures of our 1969 Pontiac Firebird.
The car is currently with our friends in Ontario, Canada waiting for the go ahead from Schumacher Cargo.
We should hopefully expect to see her on UK shores this side of Christmas.
Coming soon: Pontiac Firebird 1969
Finished in original Carousel Red with Parchment interior.
The car has a Fischer Body Unit No 523,224 and was built in the 2nd week of February at the Lordstown Ohio Plant.
This beautiful Firebird is one if the first generation to be built.
Subject to a full frame off, no expense spared restoration 2 years ago. It can only described as near to mint as you can get.
At the time of the rotisserie rebuild it was fitted with a Pontiac 350 V8 but the original factory engine is with the car, although it will need a full rebuild.
It has a 3 speed automatic box
At the time of the restoration it had all new body and suspension rubbers was fitted with an energy suspension kit.
All front end suspension and steering rebuilt using all new parts.
Front drum brakes were replaced with discs and pads.
All brake hoses and pipework replaced with new.
New fuel tank and fuel lines.
The body had a complete brand new one piece floor with toe boards
Both quarter panels and rear outer wheel well’s replaced with stock GM panels
Brand new door skins and boot lid
All weather stripping replaced with new.
Brand new carpets and headlining.
New dual exhaust with 2.25 inch pipes.
Sitting on 4 brand new 255/50 R15 Goodrich G Force sport tyres
Chrome replaced with new.
She has her original interior including the AM radio mounted in a totally unmolested original dash that has no cracking.
This car is being offered today far less than the restoration cost.
Please note: The car has being imported by us from Toronto Canada and it has been inspected prior to purchase by our people in Canada
It will come fully registered for the UK roads and will have a UK V5 on an age related plate and all taxes paid.
She will go through our workshops prior to delivery and any item that needs to be addressed will be at that time.