January 20, 2022

The Light of Day – Testing the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster

The 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster has hit a milestone. It was pulled out of the workshop and then, with a single turn of its key, it fired into life. Sounding perfect and balanced like a well-sorted 5 litre V12 should.

Jon and Scott supervised the bespoke E Type as it was bought up to temperature. Scott constantly checked inside the cabin for temperatures and pressures, all sat perfectly where they should do. Each hose and component was checked over by Jon whilst Scott kept an eye on the gauges. Occasional blips of the throttle to test the engine’s response and the effects on the gauges inside the cockpit of Fern Grey.

Our highly trained and skilled technicians would then allow the car to return to its gentle idle while the exhausts slowly heat cured. Jon and Scott each took a side of the engine and listened intently for any unwelcome or unusual noises.

As Fern Grey sat in the winter sun being brought up to operating standard, our technicians could not help but smile as they looked on and listened to this one of a kind E Type.

Moving Forward – Update on the Alfa Romeo 1750 Spyder

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house restoration team have been working on fitting the new parts into the Alfa Romeo 1750 Spyder that is currently in the workshop.

Along with finding an issue with the heater box and fan, Mauro also noted down the washer pump wasn’t working and the fan shroud had been cracked.

Mauro has been working on working getting replacement parts that have been ordered onto the classic Italian convertible. This next step is a move in the right direction to be able to safely and reliably test the car and make sure everything works correctly.

On Its Way – 1969 Audi 70L

The latest addition to the Bridge Classic Cars stable is on its way to the Suffolk HQ from its current home in the South of England.

This wonderful RHD, very original example is currently on its way back to the workshop for our in-house restoration teams to begin its assessment.

Expect to see lots more on this amazing piece of Audi history here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page very soon.

Catches and Hinges – Fitting up the Bonnet Hardware on the 1973 Jaguar E Type Roadster

Our in-house restoration technicians, Jon and Scott, have been preparing the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

They have been fitting up the refurbished and new hardware to the firewall and the front frame of the E Type ready for when the gorgeous one-piece bonnet of Fern Grey is fitted. Before then, our technicians want to test run the V12 and all of its systems whilst they have easy access to the engine bay for any adjustments or changes to be made.

Soon, you will see a big move ahead with the E Type here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

The Next Level – Continuing Work on the Bonnet of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1

Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint team have been working on the bonnet of the stunning 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 currently in with ourselves for restoration.

Alan, one of our incredible Paint team, has been working on getting every surface of the bonnet as perfect as possible. And that is literally every single surface, including the wheel arches and the underside of the bonnet.

The work put into the classic Aston Martin is reflected in every single panel and piece on this gorgeous sports car. Alan has worked meticulously on every surface of the single-piece panel to make sure that once painted, it is all works together.

Chasing Spot Welds – Rust Repairs on the Frame of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house fabrication team have been hard at work sorting out some of the rust issues on the 1987 Daimler Double Six.

Monty, one of our incredible fabricators, has been working his way through the frame rails and underside on the Double Six to identify and drill out any spot-welded panels which need replacing. To do this, Monty has had to carefully clean back any areas to try and find the elusive spot welds.

Once Monty has identified an area that needs attention and using a specialist bit, drilled the spot welds out he can then begin the task of templating the patches and getting them to fit up tightly to the area. Then, once the fitment is just right, Monty can get the new pieces welded in inch by inch to ensure they remain flat and straight.

There will be more updates on the 1987 Daimler Double Six very soon on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

A New Start – 1969 Bentley T1 in for Repaint

Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint and body technicians have begun the process of getting this beautiful 1969 Bentley T1 ready for paint.

The car will be entirely stripped down to bare metal with each component carefully catalogued and photographed, taking care and attention to preserve even the tiniest washer on the classic luxury icon. Chris and Alan, our in-house paint experts will then work on getting the bodywork of the car sanded back to assess the state of the metal and if any corrections will need to be made for the car is repainted in our state of the art paint booth.

Expect to see lots more very soon of the 1969 Bentley T1 in with Bridge Classic Cars.