September 6, 2022

Behind the Scenes – Shooting the 1991 Mercedes Benz SL300

The latest Bridge Classic Cars Competitions prize is, our 1991 Mercedes Benz SL300.

The classic Mercedes GT car has previously been through our workshop to be fully inspected by the workshop team in order to be ok’d for filming.

The classic Mercedes has also had its optional hardtop retrimmed by the team at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ.

The team set off from our storage facility, The Hangar, with the stunning 6-cylinder pulling away smoothly through its long-legged automatic gearbox. The perfect companion for the bright, brilliant sunshine that washed over the Suffolk countryside.

The beautiful silver paintwork danced the light across its meaningful angular shape, complimented by its dark red interior.

Lap after lap, the classic Mercedes worked faultlessly in comfort, style and grace as you expect with all 1990s Mercedes. In every situation, this beautiful example is always the right choice.

And now you, could win this very car with Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. Head over to the website now and get your tickets!

Special Touch – Unique Finish on the Seats of the 1958 Jensen 541R

The 1958 Jensen 541R has been having more pieces of its interior made by the Bridge Classic Cars trim team but this time with some unique and personal touches.

The rear seat bases of the classic Jensen have been completely stripped back for the team to inspect and take measurements for the rarely seen fluting of the material which will be carried over onto the new pieces.

Lydia has carefully measured and tested to get the spacing and symmetry of the fluting just right before committing it to the final material. The whole seat base has been entirely made for scratch including the foams and underpinnings specifically to fit the car.

This is a wonderful little touch and something a bit different and unique for this very special car.

Good as New – Painting the Wheels of the 1987 Volvo 240GL

The wheels from the 1987 Volvo 240GL have been with the Bridge Classic Cars paint and body team to be completely refurbished.

The Volvo, which is undergoing sympathetic restorative work with our teams, had been inspected and wheels were in need of refinishing. The team carefully stripped back the original paint and reworked the material to give a fresh and clean base for the team to refinish in stunning bright silver.

Stripped Back – Stripping the Subframe of the 1955 Jensen 541 ‘Number 8’

The subframe for the 1955 Jensen 541 ‘Number 8’ has been delivered back to the Bridge Classic Cars Pettistree workshop.

The subframe has been checked over and all areas in need of repair have been noted by the workshop for our amazing fabrication shop to carry out getting the piece back to full strength and squareness.

Fresh Coat – Painting the Wheels of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The wheels for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible are the most recent components to be taken into the Bridge Classic Cars paint booth.

The team have been carefully preparing, cleaning and priming the wheels before they were taken into our in-house booth/oven to be shot in colour-matched Snowberry white to match the rest of the car.

These will be left to completely cure and harden before they are mounted with tyres and fitted to the car which is going through reassembly in the main restoration workshop.

This Just In – 1987 Lotus Excel

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ have welcomed this seldom seen and rare 1987 Lotus Excel.

The workshop team will soon begin to inspect and assess the entire classic Lotus with each department compiling their condition report on the car.

Our transport team collected the Lotus from the West Country late last week and brought it back to our Pettistree workshop.

Coming Soon – 1968 Daimler 250 Arrives at The Hangar

The Bridge Classic Cars secure storage facility, The Hangar, has welcomed a new resident recently – this 1968 Daimler 250.

The car has arrived to wait its turn for the team to completely and thoroughly inspect it at our Pettistree workshops deep in the Suffolk countryside.

Freshly Built – Rebuilding the Distributor and Lift Pump on the 1953 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane

The workshop team at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have been working their way through the 1953 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane as part of its recommission.

The first stage of this round of work was to rebuild the distributor. Our technician Jon carefully inspected the unit in the car before deciding to remove it and more thoroughly going through the part on the bench. After checking its operation, Jon completely rebuilt the unit to ensure it worked correctly.

Then the whole piece was put back into the car and wired up.

Next, the team completely went through the lift pump for the fuel tank. Jon removed it from the car to completely go through every single piece making sure it all worked correctly and any gaskets were remade and the unit put back together and installed back into the car.

Out & About – BBC Show ‘Detectorists’ Filming Nearby!

We noticed some goings-on up at our filming location the other day but it turns out that the hugely popular BBC show ‘Detectorists’ are filming nearby to us!

The show is being filmed round our area and as you can see, the signature yellow TR7 is making an appearance too!