July 20, 2023

Changing Colour

It hasn’t been long since our 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop but, already, classic car technician Chris has begun

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All Hands On Deck

Our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 has been a big focus for the workshop team lately, as they work hard to get it ready to be unveiled at the Festival of Classic & Sports Cars at Helmingham Hall at the beginning of August.

Classic car technician Brian has continued his work on the interior of this incredible competition car. His attention was on the boot boards and multiple interior panels. Brian also fitted the ashtray before re-covering the gear shift cover. A rear folding seat was fitted too.

While Brian was focussing on the interior of our E-Type, workshop manager John was also working on the car. He fitted new tailgate stays, assembled choke parts, and freed off and greased the window regulators. Once this was all done, he got to work wiring up the dash.

Changing Colour

It hasn’t been long since our 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop but, already, classic car technician Chris has begun the process of painting it.

After prepping the car, Chris got to work and our Bentley is already on its way to looking great!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Recreation

If you’re a fan of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film then you might want to take a look at an auction being hosted by H&H later this month, as a bespoke replica of the nostalgic classic is going under the hammer.

Described as possibly the only “Chitty” built with genuine pre-WW2 components, the car is something of a work of art and has been built and finished to an extremely high standard. The owner and creator of the vehicle is a renowned builder of vintage American cars so had access to a number of parts that were suitable for his recreation.

The overall design of the car closely follows the one you would have seen in the iconic film, but some small changes have been implemented to improve aesthetics. A great deal of attention has been given to the authenticity of the 1920s era, including the genuine wooden artillery wheels. Other components include 1909 oil-fired sidelights and 2 wheel-only brakes, with bands on the outside and shoes on the inside. This authenticity also extends to the pedal layout that remains consistent to the time with the accelerator in the middle, brake on the right, and clutch on the left.

Not only is the look of the car a stunning replica, but “Chitty” is also being sold with the “FLY 539” number plate.

It’s not just from the film that you may recognise the vintage vehicle either, as it has been displayed at multiple shows such as the London Classic Show 2023, the NEC Classic Car Show, and at various other events around the country. Molly and Lily saw the car at the London Classic Car Show and actually spoke with its creator.

Lucas Gomersall, vehicle specialist at H&H Classics said, “Being trusted with the sale of such an iconic vehicle is a privilege. This is a truly unique piece of automotive history, with remarkable provenance, and is certain to be as much a delight to movie fans as it will be to car enthusiasts worldwide. The thorough attention to detail and unwavering commitment to creating a handsome evocation of the car, make this sale a one-off event.”

This beautiful Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica will be one of over 130 lots to be featured at H&H Classics’ sale at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on the 26th of July. Additional highlights of the auction include a 1910 Brush Model D, a 1929 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis Speed Model Tourer, and the 1973/2021 Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ Evocation.

Rotary Classic Car Show at Culford

On Sunday, some of the Bridge Classic Cars team attended The Rotary Classic Car Show at Culford. It was a pleasant but windy day, but, with our gazebo firmly anchored down we were ready to greet the public. There were lots of friendly faces including some new and some familiar, we saw the lovely Steve Biggs with his MGB GT ‘Velma’ that he won from us earlier in the year.

There was a lovely Ferarri Dino, a pre-war Bentley tourer and a Volvo P1800 which were particular favourites. There were lots of car clubs out in force displaying cars spanning the eras such as the BMW club, the Mercedes club and Matra Club. They did a great job representing their brands. A large convoy, stampede if you will, of Triumph Stags departing en masse made a spectacular end to the day.

There were some great food stalls offering a selection of cuisines and some stalls selling vintage and antique items, plus a very popular sweet stall!