September 22, 2021

Featured – 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche on Car & Classic Auction

Recently our 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche that has been at Bridge Classic Cars was featured on Car & Classic Auction. This is a superb example of a Mulliner Park Ward Rolls Royce finished in Willow Gold over Brown which was paint in-house by our paint experts.

Here’s what Car & Classic had to say about the 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche.

”A development of the Mulliner Park Ward two door Silver Shadow, the Corniche became a model in its own right in 1971, although the cars continued to be built by Park Ward, and draws its name from the French word corniche, meaning coast road and was first given to a 1939 prototype which was tested across continental Europe.

Available as a 2 door saloon or drophead coupe, both came with a 6.75 litre V8 under the bonnet with a three-speed automatic transmission and an opulent, handcrafted interior.

This car has been very well cared for over the years, with the Corniche having light use and regular servicing and maintenance, and the receipts show how any small jobs have been tackled as needed.

In 2007, when it was a popular addition, an LPG kit was added. It has not needed any big repairs over the years but has just had a full respray by Bridge Classics in the original colour, with the addition of a second colour lower half.

Included with this Rolls Royce is a pair of thick folders of receipts showing the care that has been lavished on this car over the last four decades. 

There are decades of MOT certificates and receipts for parts from the well-known suppliers such as Flying Spares, BCI and Intercar, almost all for minor and service parts as no major work has been needed over the years, and there is a sheet of notes showing every service from March 1973 until 2002. The original Rolls Royce service book shows service stamps at 2273,3617, 6616, 12861, 21803, 26261, 28361, 40682 miles.

The Corniche’s interior is untouched and original, with a gentle and beautiful patina of time and care across the soft leather and fine wood. It even still has its original radio and Radiomobile Eight track player.

The magnolia cream leather seats have contrasting brown piping, and show very little wear, just some very light lines from use, while the thick, dark brown carpet has always been protected by the lighter deep-pile lambswool over mats, also in fine condition.

On the dashboard, door caps and through the centre is the fine wood that is to be expected in a Rolls Royce. There are a few age related marks on the surface, small cracks in the dashboard lacquer and around the dials the darker inner rim has flaked in places.

In the boot, the floor carpet has a few marks but the side carpet is very good and the trim under the lid is excellent. The spare wheel is present and has good tread.

The body has just been repainted by the Bridge Classics workshop in the original willow gold, but now in a two-tone combination with the addition of wendy brown lower panels. Any repairs needed to the metalwork were taken care of while the car was stripped so the panels should be solid, clean metal under the fresh paint with its deep gloss finish. 

The chrome work is excellent, with the bumpers very good, the big radiator grill and of course, the flying lady is beautiful and the stainless wheel trims unmarked, and the wheels are shod in Uniroyal tyres with good tread. There is a brown vinyl roof matching the lower half of the car, in excellent condition.

The 6.75 litre V8 and GM automatic gearbox have a reputation for solid reliability, and we are told the car runs very smoothly and glides between gears. 

The car was fitted with an LPG kit by Energyshift in 2007 at a cost of £1440 and most recently had a gas safety inspection certificate in 2013, although we have not tested this and this can be removed by the dealer where specialist where the car is stored.

Although not required as the car is well over 40 years old, it has just passed an MOT, so is covered until summer 2022.

The handcrafted wood and leather of the interior, the flowing lines of the body and that imposing grill create an impression like no other. When close up to one of these automobiles it’s hard not to be drawn into the allure of these fine country house drawing rooms on wheels.

This example has a full and detailed history, a fabulous condition interior and having just been treated to a high-quality paint job it looks superb. ”

This is a lovely example of the pinnacle 1970s luxury. The Corniche has been painstakingly worked on by the team here at Bridge Classic Cars and it’s always nice to see it being appreciated out there in the world.

To Read More, or see the full gallery of images on the 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche, Click the link below.

Car & Classic Auction – 1971 Rolls Royce Corniche

Folded In – Repairing the Hood Frame on a 1962 Morris Minor Convertible

Sometimes a certain amount of delicacy must be taken to the approach of a job. Take for instance the framework for the convertible hood on a 1962 Morris Minor that we currently have at Bridge Classic Cars.

Over the years, this frame must have been shut thousands of times. That put stress into the metal as it is worked backwards and forwards. Unfortunately, a gust of wind happened to catch it at just the wrong moment for our customer. This caused the frame to bend and slightly tear in some crucial places near the hinges.

Not a problem for our in-house restoration technicians. A careful and methodical approach to the assessment had to be taken. Our technician Dave, discovered that it could be repaired sympathetically. To achieve this, he needed to remove some of the rivets which allow the whole mechanism to retract in and out of its cubbyhole.

With those pieces carefully removed piece by piece. Dave could begin to reconstruct the original stays rather than replace the entire hood assembly.

With some small cuts and a few areas sectioned, this Morris Minor Convertible and its owner will be back enjoying the open road.

On The Horizon – Enquiry into refreshing a Triumph Spitfire

It’s a sad fact about classic cars. Sometimes, they end up sitting idle in a garage under a cover for longer than they should do. Weeks turn to months, months turn to years.

That’s unfortunately what’s happened with this Triumph Spitfire. The gentleman who owns this very complete example has asked us to look into refreshing the car getting her back to her former glory. Our in-house team will be assessing the photos sent over to us to see if there is anything we can do to help with its sympathetic restoration.

Keep an eye on the news page for any further news on this survivor Spitfire at Bridge Classic Cars in Suffolk, UK.

Decisions, Decisions… – Choosing the right colour for the interior of the 1956 Jensen 541

The choice of colour on a classic car interior is a big part of any restoration.

Do you try and match as closely to the original as possible or do you personalise and make it unique to your own taste? Tough call. But, our in-house trim shop team will do either request to a world-class level.

This is the stage that we are at with the restoration of the interior of the 1956 Jensen 541 at Bridge Classic Cars. With the volumes of swatches that we carry for our clients to choose from, you can have almost any combination imaginable and always to the highest level of fit and finish.

This Jensen is starting from the ground up with its interior. So, while the choices are being made, Kath will be making the custom-fit handmade padding that will sit under whatever colour combination this very lucky client chooses.

Check-in on the News Page for more updates on this very exciting project.

Coming Soon – 1969 Bentley T1 for Respray

This stunning 1969 Bentley T1 will be in with us very soon for full paint restoration.

This wonderful example of late ’60s opulence and design will be stripped all the way back to bare metal so that our amazing team of in-house Bridge Classic Cars painters can assess the condition. After that, the careful and methodical process of preparation will begin for the T1’s paint.

Keep a lookout on our News Page for more updates very soon.

Taking Shape – Update on the Bridge Classic Cars Extension

The steelwork is finally starting to go up on our new extension!

The extension to our restoration workshop at Pettistree is definitely on the move now. Part of the steel frame that forms the skeleton of the new space has been firmly placed into the ground.

This extension will allow us more space to restore more incredible classics and keep others in their best condition.

More updates soon!

Sneak Peek – Behind the Scenes of an Upcoming Project

We’ll let you in on something but you need to promise to keep it a secret. Promise? Ok, we’ll tell you then.

Our in-house engine builder is pulling this straight-six from our donor parts car for a project that we’re going to be doing for ourselves. Since the E Type Racer has left to its new home, everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars needed something we could call our own.

What is it? Well, you’ll need to keep an eye on our news page for updates on this and our other projects.