April 25, 2022

Covered Up – Finishing the Hood Cover on the 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on completing the last few jobs to do with the interior of the 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster, Fern Grey.

The trim team have completed the handcrafted hood cover made specifically for Fern Grey. The team have hand-finished the piece by putting in the stud fasteners to the material to it can be held down tightly to the body of the classic Jaguar.

With this piece finished and put onto the car, the workshop team can continue with the final tests of the one-off E-type.

In Stock – New Parts for the 1963 Morris LD Arrive at Bridge Classic Cars

The replaced or refurbished parts for the hydraulic system on the 1963 Morris LD have arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop in Suffolk.

These pieces will soon be fitted to the classic Morris van as part of the work needed to get the Van back on the road and running. Before this, our technicians found many of the hydraulic components were heavily corroded and some had even split. This is what caused the brakes to bind on and the clutch to be inoperable.

Now with these components with the our workshop, they will be installed and the van can then be tested.

Out & About – Flying Car in London

Over this past weekend, our director Craig was in central London and spotted this amazing car on the street.

This is a PAL-V. A sign of the future, the PAL-V is an early flying car that by the looks of things we have researched actually seems to work! It’s incredible to see where the future of the automotive world is heading and the solutions which forward-thinking companies are coming up with.

Click here to look at what PAL-V have to offer.

Behind the Scenes – Photoshoot with the 2012 Mercedes Benz SLK250D

This 2012 Mercedes SLK250D is the latest offering from Bridge Classic Cars Competitions for someone out there to win and enjoy the encroaching summer with!

That means, there has to be a photoshoot! Before Freddie could take the modern sports-convertible out to the filming location near our secure storage facility, The Hangar, it first had a full check over by the workshop who gave it a clean bill of health and the green light for it to be driven.

The beautiful modern SLK, blends the handsome good looks of the bigger SL with smaller dimensions and a sportier feel. This particular car, from 2012, is fitted with the 2.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine that makes around 200BHP but nearly double that in torque…

Meaning this small sports car is lively. But, it’s also incredibly economical on fuel if you did use it every day with reports ranging from 50-70 MPG but the performance to have some fun with and a folding metal hardtop to let the outside world into the car.

Well, this could be yours! Head over to the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website and enter now for your chance to get hold of this modern drop-top just in time for summer.

Suns Out – Some of Our Projects Waiting to Go Home

With the weather being perfect last week, we thought we would snap some photos of a handful of classic cars lounging in the sun. Some waiting for collection, some just arrived.

Our restoration workshops at the Bridge Classic Cars HQ are always busy. A constant stream of cars coming in for our team to work on or going back to their owners to be enjoyed so as Nick walked past the eclectic row of cars lining the side of our workshop, he thought he’d grab a few photos to show them off.

Stablemates – Our 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider at Its New Home

The Bridge Classic Cars Competitions 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider has arrived at its new home with its winner Trevor and a very special stablemate for it to spend its future with.

The classic Alfa Romeo Spider will be sharing its life with a WW2 era Jeep which is part of Trevor’s collection. Well, now that’s quite the variety of cars for different occasions!

We wish Trevor all the best with the classic Alfa Romeo.

The Good Cause – Spotting a Mobile Humanitarian Aid Ambulance in Woodbridge

Out and about on our recent travels, our director Craig spotted this Mercedes Humanitarian Medical Ambulance. It’s amazing to see the overwhelming support and generosity pouring out to the people of Ukraine from across Europe and the UK.

Does anyone out there know the charity that it’s connected to at all? We would love to find out more.

Also, our 1989 TVR S2 Ukraine Appeal competition ends this Thursday with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Like this ambulance, it will be going to help those affected first-hand by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

From Front to Back – Repairing the Wheel Arch and Rear Valance on the 1978 MG B GT

The Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop has been busy continuing the bodywork repairs on the 1978 MG B GT in with us for restoration.

The team have worked through the classic MG from front to back removing and replacing any corrosion in the body or sub-structure. Recently the team finished up work on the side sills and pillars before moving on to the rear of the car.

Rob, one of our restoration technicians who has been working on the project, removed the old passenger side rear wheel arch due to its condition. Using this as a rough template for the replacement piece, Rob has precisely cut and fit the new piece into the body of the car which allowed him to keep moving rearward on the car and complete the final fitment of the rear valance.

Green Blue – 1973 Volvo 1800ES Painted

The 1973 Volvo 1800ES has been into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth recently to be refinished in its signature ”Green Blue” finish.

The team have worked hard on getting the classic Volvo prepared and ready to go into the booth with several hours of sanding, minimal filler work and a few welds needed here and there to get each panel absolutely perfect ahead of its date with the paint booth.

Once the whole car had been flattened back, bare areas primed and the whole car cleaned off, our in-house painter Alan could begin the process of laying down the deep, glossy paintwork which gives the 1970s Volvos that incredible look.

Drive It Day 2022 – Kersey Mill

All of the team at Bridge Classic Cars love our vintage and classic cars and motorbikes. That’s what sits at the core of what we do here. So, we always try to observe Drive It Day. And international day to celebrate the joy of getting out and driving our beloved classics.

For many years, we have gone to the Kersey Mill meet. And this year, our director Gordon took his newly finished 1934 MG Midget PA to the 2022 Drive It Day meet. Surrounded by countless classics from across our area, some of whom we know well and others we’re excited to get to know.

It is an event on the calendar that we always look forward to. So, take a look below for our full gallery from the 2022 Drive It Day at Kersey Mill.

Changes – Working on the Bonnet and Suspension of the 1958 Jensen 541R ”Navy”

The restoration technicians in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ have begun works on the 1958 Jensen 541R known to us as ‘Navy’.

The team began by carrying out several jobs on the rear axle of the classic Jensen. The rear axle strap required a repair to be carried out on it and along with that, repositioning of the brake pipe to a safe location on the rear axle.

The team then began working on preparing the front suspension to be stripped so the team can replace the perished bushes in the upper arms, making sure the front suspension is the best condition possible.

One issue that was noted by the owner of Navy, was that the one-piece fibreglass bonnet was interfering with the driver’s door when opened. The team began the process of adjusting the hinge in order to get the correct spacing and alignment for the panel and not contact the edge of the door.

This Just In – 1980 Mini Van

Just arrived into the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ is this wonderful 1980 Mini Van. But, it’s hiding a secret…

Underneath the beautiful green bodywork lies the heart of a hotrod. This bite-sized bruiser is packing a 1380cc supercharged A-series engine! All of that performance in a small car is a recipe for fun in our books.

The car will of course go through the usual inspections and assessments by our in-house restoration teams who will check over the entire car in order to find out if anything needs to be done to this incredible classic Mini for it to be in absolutely tip-top shape.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page very soon for more on this tiny terror!

Pre-clean – 1985 Porsche 911 Prepared for Wash

The beautiful 1985 Porsche 911 in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop has gotten a whole lot more beautiful over the weekend as it had its full valet carried out.

The classic air-cooled Porsche was prepped and readied for the valet by our restoration team ahead of the work starting. So, we thought we would show you a few before photos of the classic 911 still with road grime and dust.

Keep an eye out for the after photos on the stunning 1985 Porsche 911 very soon on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Heading Home – Work on the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite is Complete

The 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite has been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for our restoration technicians to get the amazing little sportscar back into perfect running order.

The team have worked on rebuilding and adjusting the brakes and working on the hydraulic system which not only controls the brakes but also works the clutch as well. The slave cylinder had to be replaced due to a leak from a seal which was causing an issue bleeding the system to make sure the whole circuit remained pressurised.

Along with that, the team found several issues with the suspension of the classic Austin Healey. This required some of the important substructures of the car to be carefully rewelded, as well as removing and correctly installing parts of the wishbones.

To take a look a the entire project, click here!