October 3, 2023

Camping With Our Defender

There aren’t many better-equipped vehicles for a camping trip than our 2010 Land Rover Defender. Recently, Craig went camping with his family and, as you

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New In

We have welcomed our 1980 Volvo 245GL into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop recently. While it is here, it will be thoroughly assessed by our

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Win Our Ford Cougar

You can now win our 2001 Ford Cougar.

Entry is open and for just a few pounds, you could be the new owner of this retro daily driver.

All the information you need is available on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.

  • Sleek, modern, retro daily driver
  • Recently serviced 2.5-litre V6 with automatic gearbox
  • Optional X-Pack upgrade with sunroof
  • Recent paintwork and brake refurbishment by Bridge Classic Cars
  • Less than 39,000 miles on the odometer
  • Bridge Classic Cars pre-delivery inspection

Camping With Our Defender

There aren’t many better-equipped vehicles for a camping trip than our 2010 Land Rover Defender.

Recently, Craig went camping with his family and, as you can see from the photos below, our Defender looks very much at home in the great outdoors!

Soon to be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, our Defender will be a great off-road capable vehicle for its lucky new owner.

New In

We have welcomed our 1980 Volvo 245GL into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop recently.

While it is here, it will be thoroughly assessed by our team of technicians to see what work will need to be done on this classic Volvo.

It obviously isn’t in great condition right now but we are definitely looking forward to it returning to its former glory.

Van Conversion At Bridge Classic Cars

A van conversion is a challenge that very few people can do to a high-quality level. It involves thorough prep work, skilled craftsmanship, and a whole lot of problem-solving. We are in a very fortunate position to have worked with Blueline Automotive Suffolk and have been able to convert a 2013 Volkswagen T5.1 into a beautiful camper.

When it first arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our T5.1 looked good, although it certainly lacked the appeal and comfort levels of a full camper. However, as a starting point for a fun life on the road, it turns out, it was a great choice.


Designing the interior layout is a big part of the conversion process. Every inch of space needs to be carefully considered to make sure you get as much functionality as possible from the limited space available.

The original interior was in great condition but was a long way from how it needed to be for a usable camper.


Once work began to transform our T5, it began to look very different to how it first started out. It took a lot of work and hundreds of hours but, as things continued to progress well, the van slowly became more and more camper-like.

The most obvious change was clearly in the back of the van. Windows were added, floors, units, electricity, and a whole host of comfortable additions were made as it became more and more homely.


A Finished Van Conversion

Once the transformation was complete, our 2013 Volkswagen T5 looks almost unrecognisable and is completely ready for a long road trip or a family camping holiday.

For a few days out on the road, you will certainly be comfortable and can enjoy some relaxation as well as plenty of adventure.

Van Conversions At Bridge Classic Cars

If you would like to discuss van conversion options with Bridge Classic Cars, feel free to get in touch via info@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

2-Mile VW Beetle Sells For £50,000

A 1979 VW Beetle Karmann Cabriolet recently sold at an auction in Lemington Spa, hosted by Classic Car Auctions for an incredible £49,500.

Initial estimates indicated a sale price of £10,000 – £12,000, however, the Brazil Brown Beetle sparked a bidding war before selling at almost five times this estimate.


The reason for such a competitive bidding war is the fact that, despite being more than four decades old, the classic Beetle has just two miles on the clock! Found tucked away in a garage covered in a protective sheet, the original buyer is believed to have been a car dealer from the Midlands who bought the car and then stored it away safely. Following his death, the car was unearthed from its lifelong home.

Thanks to its lack of use and its life in storage, the convertible Beetle is in almost as-new condition, adding to the appropriateness of its nearly £50,000 price tag.


Simon Langsdale, who sourced the car for CCA, said: “This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime find. The car has literally been in storage all its life and has an incredible two miles on the odometer, which we are told is correct. It has quite evidently been cosseted, as it was covered in blankets in a sealed environment and has just recently been uncovered due to a bereavement. It is in effect a ‘new’ 1979 Karman Beetle, surely an unrepeatable opportunity. Supplied with its original handbook and service booklet, clearly with no stamps!”


Details From Classic Car Auctions

  • Once in a lifetime find in Brazil Brown with an Oatmeal interior, matching roof and tonneau cover 
  • UK-supplied new by JEM Volkswagen of Walsall as one of the last RHD Karmann Convertibles
  • In storage all its life, it has an incredible two miles on the odometer which we are told is correct
  • Supplied with its original handbook and service booklet, clearly with no stamps!
  • The car has been cossetted and covered in blankets in a sealed environment and has just recently been uncovered due to a bereavement
  • An ‘as new’ 1979 VW Beetle