August 22, 2022

The Winners Circle – 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 at its New Home

The 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 made its way from the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ to Eastleigh on the South Coast to begin its life with its new owner, Mark, who won the car through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

Mark and his family excitedly awaited the arrival of their 1990s icon. The imposing red and white supercar will hopefully be enjoyed by Mark and we hope to hear all of the amazing stories from his time with the Viper!

Success – The 1960 Jensen 541S Wins Best Car

The 1960 Jensen 541S ‘Peony Red’, which was restored by the Bridge Classic Cars team, has won Best Car 1956 to 1980 at the 2022 Stonham Barns Classic Vehicle Display.

It’s amazing to see the reception this beautiful classic Jensen has received every time it goes to a show!

Sympathetic – Metal Work on the 1987 Volvo 240GL

The 1987 Volvo 240GL has been in the Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop to have its bodywork and underpinnings repaired.

The team have worked on removing any of the corrosion from the bottom of the classic Volvo. The car had several areas which required the team to cut out pieces and make new replacement panels to weld in. The lower sills and wheel arches were cut out and the new pieces welded in carefully, inch by inch.

Each of the areas are fully inspected and checked before being cut back to the point the corrosion began. After the area is cut back and cleaned, it was treated to make sure the corrosion would not spread any further. The sills were capped off and ground back smooth.

After this, the team will hand over the classic Volvo to our body and paint team.

Piece by Piece – Repairing the Hardtop on the 1991 Mercedes 300SL

The hardtop from the 1991 Mercedes 300SL has been moved into the Bridge Classic Cars trim shop to be repaired.

The removable hardtop had begun to come apart at the edges in several places so the team have worked their magic on rejuvenating the roof.

First off, the entire piece was stripped back in order to remove any old adhesives and allow for the team to create a better fit. The better fitting of parts also meant the team removed the pillar trims to pull the pieces tighter into the trims.

Wit that the trim team could then work on the headliner by removing the original material and then sanding back the misshapen foams. After that, the team have then replaced the headliner material before putting the entire assembly back together and put the hardtop on its holder ready to go back on the car.

Tightened Up – Replacing and Retightening Trim on the 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

The 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster has been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop to have some smaller jobs finished off.

The team have gone through each of the trim pieces to tighten down the necessary hardware, with any marred or damaged pieces replaced. The team also took the opportunity to recheck the hardware used for fixing down the seats in the gorgeous 1950s roadster.

Remake – Replacing the Broken Ceiling Pad on the 1958 Jensen 541R

The Bridge Classic Cars interior trim team have been back working on the 1958 Jensen 541R.

The team have been repairing the top rail for the ceiling pad inside the classic GT car. The team have remade the wooden piece by hand using traditional methods to make a total replica of the original piece for the car.

Coming Soon – 1966 Jensen CV8

Coming soon to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops at our Suffolk HQ is this absolutely stunning 1966 Jensen CV8.

The team will inspect and assess the classic V8 Jensen once it arrives and compile their report while cataloguing and creating an inventory of all the necessary parts.

Keep an eye out very soon on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on the 1966 Jensen CV8.

A New Look – Chassis and Parts of the 1905 Riley 9HP Painted

The chassis and engine from the 1905 Riley 9HP has recently been delivered back to the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ after being blasted by local specialists.

After being brought back, the paint team thoroughly cleaned down every part before taking it into our in-house paint booth. The team then set-up the system to finish the whole unit in a beautiful gloss black as it would have been originally.

We’re excited to see the restoration of the 1905 Riley 9HP progress even further very soon!

Stripped Back – Stripping Down the Suspension from the 1959 Jensen 541R for Blasting

The suspension and steering components of the 1959 Jensen 541R have been carefully removed from the car in preparation for them to be sent off to a local specialist for blasting.

As part of the cars ground-up restoration, the team will have these pieces carefully and methodically blasted before being brought back to our Suffolk HQ to be thoroughly inspected.

Each piece has been catalogued and readied for their next phase.

On Top – Painting the Roof of the 1958 Jensen 541R

The 1958 Jensen 541R has been in the body shop to be perfected and prepared in preparation for the careful painting of its roof.

The team firstly covered the area in polyfan, which was then sanded back to double check for any low or high spots and then it was taken into the paint booth, reprimed and then the most important part of this particular stage.

The team then set about painting the large, curved roof in special Lobelia Blue, its original colour according to the Jensen records. The team laid down layer after layer of the deep, rich blue across the roof and scuttle panel of the classic GT car.

Refresh – New Vinyl on the Carbon Fibre Number Boards of the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

The carbon fibre number boards from the 2017 Ducati Cafe Racer were recently removed from the neo-classic cafe racer to be refinished by our friends at Apex Signs.

The graphics are hand-cut vinyl pieces which were laid onto the shimmering lacquered carbon and are colour-matched as close as possible to the gold accents on the beautiful Ducati.

They look absolutely incredible!

The Next Phase – 1956 Jensen 541 Moves into Body Prep

The 1956 Jensen 541 has been moved from the Bridge Classic Cars workshop to begin its bodywork journey. As part of its restoration, the team will go through every panel and gap to make sure everything is absolutely perfect before it is painted.

Before then, our restoration workshop have worked on every aspect of the body and frame of the classic 541. This 541, being a very early car noted by the very thin body contour that extends from the rear arch, sits on top of a brand new handmade frame made especially for this particular car and incorporates the early style front suspension. The final finishing touch the workshop had finished was the stunning aluminium sill caps which were capped and fitted to the car along with the new lower front wing and door skins.

All of these identifiable pieces will be worked on and perfected by the in-house body shop team.