September 20, 2023

Nostalgia – 1958 Wolseley 1500

From Derek Davis, in his own words:

“The picture is of my very first car that I bought from my Dad for £20 in 1972.

It’s a 1958 Wolseley 1500 built like a tank with a Walnut dash, leather seats, electric fuel pump, the little light on the grill and shoes for brakes front & back😲

Learnt most of my mechanical skills on this car especially greasing the nipples 😁

It was well looked after and I sold it on after a couple of years for £40.

Always treasured the memories of this car and still know the number plate SVB 241″



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2 responses to “Nostalgia – 1958 Wolseley 1500”

  1. Peter Morris avatar
    Peter Morris

    You’ve forgotten to mention the quirky heated metal bar on the back shelf as a demister. 🤣. Loved mine, even when I turned right and the trunnion steering fell apart leaving me with a folded under wheel blocking my local high street. I didn’t make a profit, but I lost nothing when I sold it.

  2. Clive Gillard avatar
    Clive Gillard

    Drove one to Spain in 1966

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H And H 30th Anniversary Auction

Bridge Classic Cars Directors, Gordon and Craig have spent the day at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford at the H&H 30th Anniversary Sale.

Throughout the day, they have seen a wide range of interesting cars. One car in particular that caught their attention was the extremely rare Aston Martin 2/2.6-litre Sports ‘DB1’. As you can see from the photos below, this will certainly be an incredible car once its new owner takes on the project.


As this was the 30th anniversary of H&H, the event was always going to be a memorable one so the ‘DB1’ wasn’t the only car of note. Other impressive lots include a 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe, a 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage, a 1954 Bentley R-Type Halse ‘Straight Eight’ Special, a 1935/38 SS 100 3 1/2 Litre Special, a 1927 Bentley Tourer, and so many more.


As well as the incredible cars up for sale, there was also a drinks reception, music and guest speakers. One of these guest speakers was TV presenter and motorsport expert, Andy Talbot.

H&H have done a fantastic job in making this a spectacle to celebrate their 30 years of success.


What We Purchased

The main purpose of attending the auction was to top up our current collection of competition cars for Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. The day was a success as we added two more to the lineup in the form of our 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sportshift Coupe with less than 30,000 miles on the clock and our 1996 MG R V8.

Once these arrive at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, they will be assessed and inspected before being won by lucky winners very soon.

Nostalgia – 1987 Ford Fiesta

This is the story of Danny Gardner and his 1987 Ford Fiesta 1.1L, imported to the UK in 1988 and affectionately known as Evop!

From Danny, in his own words…

“My late father bought me the car back in January 2001. It was a part exchange at the car dealers my brother was working at (Car Land) and he bought it for me for £150 as my first car for when I turned 17 in the August.

Since then we’ve done a fair bit together. My everyday car from passing my test, until 2003 when I bought a Ford Sierra to use every day.

She had a bodywork freshen-up in 2002, then I crashed it, so back to the body shop for another tidy-up. I went through my boy racer stage and fitted a bigger engine (1.6 Crossflow) and all the usually silly accessories. Thankfully they’ve mostly been removed or changed back to standard now including changing back to the factory-fitted 1100 engine in 2009. 


(The original engine had sat in the damp for many years and wouldn’t start when refitted, with virtually no compression. It was assumed to be scrap, but after soaking the bores with Redex for 24 hours, it fired up and has done over 10,000 miles since then)

We’ve moved house with it twice! Thanks to a roof box and small trailer for extra room. 

Attended many car shows over the years, travelled to many parts of the UK, and done a couple of little sprint-style track days too just for fun. It’s also the only vehicle we have left that our unborn son got to travel in before we lost him. I then went on to use the car to raise money for SANDS charity:

Not long after that I put the car away for a good few years but was inspired to get it back out again with the announcement that Ford were discontinuing the Ford Fiesta. A first-time pass on the MOT even after all those years parked away.

I then took the car back to visit two Bristol Street Ford dealers during their “farewell Fiesta” event including the Birmingham branch that supplied the car in 1988 (after paying my clean air zone fee of course) and I’ve managed to get one show in this year too. 

It was my intention to get some more body work done this year as it needs tidying up again however I’m struggling to find a body shop prepared to do the work. They keep saying “It’s more than it’s worth” but don’t understand what it’s worth to us…”

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Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

RM Sotheby’s Private Sales has an incredible vehicle available for sale, a 2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. Only 40 of these stunning machines were ever made, making this the rarest of all Valkyrie models. If that wasn’t enough, it has only been used once, during its factory shakedown at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The Valkyrie was created as part of the mission to create the ultimate hypercar that would be capable of performance equal to the cars built for the sole purpose of racing. Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing Advanced Technology joined forces and this was the result. A monster that Aston Martin calculated could complete a lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit in just 3 minutes 20 seconds. That would mean it could comfortably keep up with the Hypercar class.


The AMR Pro offers double the downforce of its road-going counterpart as well as being 150kg lighter. This is a car that creates a driving experience that is extremely close to the one you would feel in professional motorsport.

Currently located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the 2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is being offered for sale directly from its one and only owner through RM Private Sales. The Price is available upon request.


2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro From RM Sotheby’s

ONLY USED FOR A FACTORY SHAKEDOWN, THE CAR IS OFFERED FOR IMMEDIATE ACQUISITION

  • Surely the most extreme Aston Martin sports car ever built, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is offered directly from its first and only owner and has only been used once for its factory shakedown
  • One of just 40 production Valkyrie AMR Pros, the rarest Valkyrie model

More information available at rmsothebys.com

Austin Devon Strip Down

The strip down of our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup has begun and is now well underway.

As you can see from the photos below, a lot of work is needed to bring this practical classic pickup back to life.