September 1, 2023

Win A TVR 2500M

Our 1976 TVR 2500M is now live on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. Believed to be the car of choice that took centre stage on the

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Twinwood Festival

Twinwood is always the highlight of my calendar year and 2023 did not disappoint. The execution of such a warm and welcoming festival was done

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Bodywork Begins

Now that our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has come to the end of its time in the fabrication bay, it has been moved over to

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Win A TVR 2500M

Our 1976 TVR 2500M is now live on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

Believed to be the car of choice that took centre stage on the TVR stand at the 1976 British Motor Show, this beautiful classic certainly comes with a fascinating back story.

  • Believed to be the 1976 British Motor Show Car for TVR
  • Recommissioned back to the road from 2012 to 2014
  • 2.5-litre inline-six and 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive
  • Classic exterior/interior colour combination
  • Limited to 3333 tickets
  • Bridge Classic Cars Pre-Delivery Inspection

Remembering Rob George From Anglia Car Auctions

Rob George (9th February 1968 – 5th August 2023)

Today, Craig and Gordon attended the funeral of the late Rob George, formerly of Anglia Car Auctions. As we have purchased and sold many classic cars over the years through ACA, we felt it right that we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Rob.

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars sends our condolences to Rob’s family and friends.

Anglia Car Auctions said on their website:

Robert George 1968-2023

We are very sad to hear of Rob’s passing. Rob was a valued, former member of the ACA family, both in business and personally. Although not involved in the business in recent years, Rob was known to many of you.

Twinwood Festival

Twinwood is always the highlight of my calendar year and 2023 did not disappoint. The execution of such a warm and welcoming festival was done in an organised manner with the friendliest of marshals (Ernie, I’m looking at you).

The weekend was filled with lots of music spanning many eras and genres, music hall classics merged into musical theatre for a cockney sing-a-long, rock and roll, jazz, acoustic original bands and even an Abba tribute to headline on Saturday evening. There are many different venues available within the festival, some more intimate, some on a massive scale. Even though the weather was wet and typically British this did not deter those from the outside stages. The partying continued in the rain!

With good music comes dancing and the dance floors were fit to burst. There were many dancing with partners but many strolls offered the opportunity for those dancing on their own, there were also many dance lessons available to beginners and more accomplished dancers alike. I had lessons in Charleston, jive, waltz and the shag. After a few squashed toes, we got the hang of it.

There were lots of great options for food and drink including an onsite pub, the Nags Head. The Split Screen Ice Cream Co. was selling luxury scoops from their classic VW camper and I sampled the Vegan Salted Caramel which was to die for, I also sampled every cocktail from The Tiki bar… just for quality checking of course.

The sense of community at Twinwood really begins on the campsite. Many of the pitches are modern however there are also some classic gems amongst them. There were some great examples of World War 2 tents dotted around showing the quality of manufacture by standing the test of time, there were also several classic air streams including one that was decorated to resemble a beach! One gentleman even towed his rather large vintage caravan with his lovely red Pontiac.

I was lucky enough to speak to him about his Pontiac, it is just one of the many classics he owns alongside his Buick to name one. He has lovingly restored this vehicle himself by sourcing things such as the badges individually and carrying out the mechanical work. He outsourced the paint job and altogether it is a smashing example of a well-loved classic. The Pontiac was lined up alongside a handful of other cars, including my favourite, a Vauxhall Cresta (I’d like one in two-tone pink if anyone is looking for Christmas presents for me.) A Ford Consul, a 1951 Riley, Chevrolet Truck and an Austin Healey were a few of the others on display. I also enjoyed having a look around some US Military Vehicles.

Lots of the attendees dressed up to the nines, many dapper gentlemen in suits of a bygone era and ladies wearing everything from heritage tweed to flapper sequins to fluffy petticoats. I made many purchases including a much lusted-after pair of saddle shoes, a few dresses and a brooch that looks like me! There were vintage items for all and if you fancied something brand new and inspired by vintage fashions, vendors like Rock N Romance have you covered.

All in all a great weekend was had by all and I can highly recommend it to anyone who likes great music and lovely people.

Looking Back On The Build Of Our AK 427

Our 2020 AK 427 has been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for just a few days and it is already getting lots of attention.

Before it goes live on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions ready to be won, we have been looking back at some photos that its previous owner has provided us with of it in various stages of its build.

Bodywork Begins

Now that our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has come to the end of its time in the fabrication bay, it has been moved over to the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop ready for work on its body to begin.

It’s always an exciting time when one part of a restoration is finished and a new one is about to start.

Our Transit Tipper will likely be in the paintshop for a little while but, by the time it leaves, it will be looking very different.

The Wolf Of Wall Street Lamborghini Countach Goes To Auction

In some films, certain cars become as iconic as the characters driving them on the silver screen. One such automotive legend is this 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, which famously made an appearance in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

One of the two Lamborghinis used in the film is going to auction at RM Sotheby’s Luxury Week on 8th December 2023 in New York.

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition

Introduced in the early 1970s, the Countach was the embodiment of automotive innovation. As the vehicle most responsible for bringing the “Italian Wedge” style of supercar to the foreground, the 25th Anniversary Edition was styled by Horatio Pagani and was produced from 1988 to 1990.

With its scissor doors, sharp angles, and wedge-shaped profile, the Countach was something of a masterpiece and a symbol of excess and luxury. It was, in many ways, the perfect car for the extravagant world depicted in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

The Wolf of Wall Street Lamborghini

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the infamous Jordan Belfort, is a film recognised for its portrayal of wealth and lavish lifestyles in the world of finance. In a scene that perfectly captures this spirit, this specific white Lamborghini Countach is featured alongside Belfort (DiCaprio) while he is under the influence of various substances, creating a memorable moment that has become a pinacle point in the film.

RM Sotheby’s describes the car:

  • One of the automotive stars of the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Used on set alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who played high-flying financier Jordan Belfort; similar to the car that was dramatically destroyed in a memorable scene
  • The most advanced iteration of the legendary Countach, featuring improvements developed by the great Horacio Pagani
  • Said to be one of 12 US-specification examples delivered in Bianco Polo over Bianco
  • An already iconic supercar that is further elevated and immortalized by its time on the silver screen

The Upcoming Auction

This very special Countach is the first collector car to be announced for RM Sotheby’s boutique New York sale—an exclusive auction of extraordinary vehicles held during Sotheby’s Luxury Week on the 8th of December. 

With its unique connection to the film and its association with the larger-than-life character of Jordan Belfort, it is estimated to sell for $1,500,000 – $2,000,000 (Approximately £1,183,000 – £1,578,000).

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, at RM Sotheby’s, said “The ‘Wolf’ Countach, along with the other cars that will be on offer, perfectly embodies what we set out to accomplish when we decided to host a sale during Sotheby’s Luxury Week. Scorsese, DiCaprio, Lamborghini, and New York—all make for an incredible pedigree. The sale will feature other similar cars—unique, highly collectable, with a degree of provenance, low mileage, or one-off specifications. Our team has a great track record of curating boutique sales such as this, and we look forward to showcasing this during Luxury Week.”

Two Familiar Faces For Sale

Two classics that have been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop over the years are currently for sale on Car & Classic.

Our 1973 Saab 96 V4 is currently under auction on the site until 4th September at 8:25 pm, while our 1974 Triumph GT6 MKIII is going live later today at 1:00 pm.

1973 Saab 96 V4

Described as:

  • Restored and maintained regardless of cost in current ownership
  • Presented in an authentic-looking and head-turning tribute
  • Complete with detailed records itemising work done and associated spend 
  • Over £25,000 spent since October 2019
  • ULEZ exempt

Full Listing

Full Project Details

1974 Triumph GT6 MKIII

Our former competition car is described as:

  • A great looking example of a late model MKIII Triumph GT6 from the final production run 
  • Presenting in an eye-catching Magenta livery with plenty of bright chrome in evidence 
  • Complete with a pristine and faithfully original-looking cabin 

Full Listing

Full Project Details

The Restoration Begins

The restoration of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 has begun.

This is another exciting project for us as it is for a returning customer who currently lives in France. It is for this reason that the left-hand drive configuration will stay with the vehicle.

We have already restored three classic cars in our customer’s garage, and we are very much looking forward to making progress on the 4th. Undoubtedly, this one is going to be a stunning car when it is complete.

The restoration has been started with classic car technician Rob getting to work on stripping down the car.