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Our 1971 Triumph GT6 MK3 is currently live and waiting to be won on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website. To show you just how

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New Surroundings

Since arriving at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS has been kept safe, secure, and comfortable in The Atelier. However, this

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A Ducati Winner

Yesterday, the lucky winner of our 2002 Ducati 900 Super Sport was found in our live draw from Deben Cafe Bar on HMS Vale Congratulations

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Fuel Pickup

The new fuel pickup for our 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 fits other models so has longer pipes than needed. Steve has modified it so it

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Transit Fuel Sender

Steve has dismantled and cleaned the fuel sender in our Ford Transit Tipper MKII. This cured the bad contacts before the top part of the

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Competition Prep

Jonn has continued his work on our 1989 Daimler Double Six. His notes are below: Continue to replace spark plugs. Remove throttle tower and cruise

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A Suffolk Barn Find

Earlier today, several members of the Bridge Classic Cars team headed to Ipswich to take a look at a true barn find. We’d heard about

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Work on the 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

Jon has been continuing his work on waking the stunning 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe up from its sleep.

After getting the car fired up the other day, he then moved onto getting the cooling system sorted on the iconic GT car. The first step was to carry out a vacuum test to make sure that all of the system was able to build and hold vacuum/pressure as intended. Unfortunately, the system failed the test. So from that Jon then did the opposite of this system, and worked to pressurise the entire system to check for leaks, it was discovered that the header tank had a leak and had ‘holed’ so was removed from the car and stripped down. Then, with this out the way Jon could remove the fuel filter and and lines in order to carry out a filter element change, and thoroughly clean out the sight glass. Alongside this as an added layer of protecting to the carburettors, Jon fitted a small, discrete in line filter to catch any sediment which may have made its way through.

Jon then moved onto getting the rest of the fuel system sorted which involved the fitting of the new fuel tank. The new tanks was set up with its new pump and sender unit and a complete set of new gaskets, previously we showed the state of the original tank which was removed from the car.

Before the new tank was dropped into the boot of the car, Jon thoroughly cleaned out the area before laying down the isolation foam to protect the tank and the car, and then could safely install and secure the new tank into the car. Once in place, Jon could fit up the new sediment catch can and begin getting the fuel system plumbed and wired in.

Once the fuel tank was in, Jon moved on to working on the exhaust system of the car. He removed the entire system front to back including the manifolds, which were replaced due to several broken studs and corrosion.

Jon that removed the radiator from the car to take it away to be thoroughly flushed out due to years of sediment building up inside the unit. Then it could be put back in the car and Jon could route the new hoses.

Jonn then removed the rear axle assembly and stripped it on the floor. He removed the drive shaft, calipers, and old pads before cleaning and prepping the caliper for refitting.

After removing the hub and trailing arm, Jonn removed the old small bush and fitted a new one.

RM Sotheby’s Cliveden House Auction

RM Sotheby’s first auction at Cliveden House is fast approaching. On the 12th of June 2024, in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, just a short distance from London, some incredible cars are going to be on offer. Set to be an annual fixture, the Cliveden House Auction perfectly complements RM Sotheby’s London sale in November.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti

The main event looks to be the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti. This model, one of the most celebrated from Maranello, has a shorter wheelbase than the 250 GT TdF, a lighter chassis, and more aerodynamic bodywork.

Powered by a 3-litre Colombo V-12 engine and fitted with disc brakes all around, this Ferrari was a powerhouse in motorsport. The specific car up for auction is the 34th of just 165 examples built, fully restored by Carrozzeria Autosport in 2009, and comes with Ferrari Classiche certification and documented ownership by marque historian Marcel Massini.

Estimated sale price – £5,000,000 and £6,000,000.


2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitess

The Cliveden House auction isn’t just about classic supercars from the 1960s though. One of the standout modern cars up for grabs is a rare 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. As one of only 92 ever built, this Bugatti made headlines in 2015 when it set the record for the world’s fastest open-top production sports car, reaching a staggering 254.04 mph.

This particular Grand Sport Vitesse has a striking Blue-Black exterior paired with a vibrant Tangerine Leather interior. With 2,500 miles on the clock and a documented service history with HR Owen Bugatti London, it’s in pristine condition.

Estimated sale price – £2,000,000 and £2,500,000.


1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina

Another Ferrari available at Sotheby’s Cliveden House auction is the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina. Known as one of Ferrari’s most beautiful high-performance open-top cars from the 1960s, this particular example is number 75 of only 99 ever built. It underwent a body-off restoration by GTO Engineering between 2016 and 2017, costing over £120,000. Powered by a Colombo V-12 engine, this open tourer comes with an extensive history file and Ferrari Classiche certification. Offered after 12 years of ownership, it’s now ready to find a new home.

Estimated sale price – £1,300,000 to £1,600,000.


1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Fantuzzi

Equally impressive is the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Fantuzzi. This car features early coachwork modifications by Fantuzzi in the style of the 330 LMB and was originally delivered to Luciano Pederzani, co-founder of the Tecno Formula 1 team.

It later became part of the collection of radio and TV broadcaster Chris Evans. DK Engineering carried out a comprehensive restoration in 2011, and the car has since been maintained by GTO Engineering. With its rare and unique early coachwork by Fantuzzi, this one-of-a-kind Ferrari offers a truly unique ownership opportunity.

Estimated sale price – £1,100,000 to £1,500,000.


1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

Another open-top classic being offered at the Cliveden House auction is the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible. Believed to be the penultimate example of the 123 Aston Martin DB5 Convertibles ever built, this car has had just four owners since new. It is presented in a stunning shade of Platinum with a red Conolly leather interior and a matching red Everflex soft-top. In 2016, it underwent a restoration costing over €80,000 at German workshops.

This DB5 Convertible represents Aston Martin’s flagship tourer in its most desirable high-performance, open-air form.

Estimated sale price – £800,000 to £1,000,000.


Additional highlights

  • 1939 Bentley 4-¼ Litre ‘MX Series’ Sedanca Coupé by Park Ward, offered without reserve (estimate:£80,000 and £140,000)
  • 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Two-Door ‘Faux Cabriolet’ by H.J. Mulliner (estimate: £30,000 to £50,000)
  • 1990 Mini Margrave by Wood & Pickett. The last one built by Wood & Pickett of London (estimate: £40,000 and £50,000)

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New Photos

Our 1971 Triumph GT6 MK3 is currently live and waiting to be won on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.

To show you just how good-looking this car truly is, Nick decided to give it another photoshoot so you can see it in a different environment.

As you can see, the photos do just a fantastic job of showing off our latest competition car.

New Surroundings

Since arriving at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS has been kept safe, secure, and comfortable in The Atelier. However, this morning, the time came for it to leave its spot there and move over to the fabrication bay.

It was greeted by technicians Chris and Clinton who will now start working on our beautiful Dino.

Even while up on a ramp, it’s hard not to stare at a classic like this!

Morgan And Pininfarina – Midsummer

Morgan Motor Company and Pininfarina S.p.A. have joined forces to create Midsummer, an incredible tribute to the golden age of European barchetta designs. This exclusive model, limited to just 50 units, combines the shared vision and craftsmanship of these two legendary coachbuilders.

The Genesis of Midsummer

Midsummer represents a unique collaboration between Morgan and Pininfarina, aimed at creating limited-run specials based on Morgan’s CX-Generation Bonded Aluminium Platform. This partnership was born from a chance conversation between colleagues from both companies, who quickly realised their shared passion for unique sports cars. The result is a vehicle that not only honours the rich heritage of both brands but also previews the future of Morgan’s design language infused with Pininfarina’s flair.

A Showcase of Craftsmanship

Every element of Midsummer is hand-formed, demonstrating the flexibility and artistry inherent in Morgan’s design philosophy. The car features a six-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, all built on Morgan’s latest aluminium platform. The Barchetta design emphasises exposure to the elements, ensuring a raw and immersive driving experience.

Eccentric Elegance

Midsummer’s design is a blend of eccentric elegance and modern functionality. The rear three-quarter view highlights its delicate proportions and new surfacing, reminiscent of iconic Pininfarina designs from the late 1930s and early 1940s. The introduction of a shoulder line and exposed wooden structures adds a distinctive touch to Morgan’s recognisable silhouette.

The side profile reveals subtle aerodynamic optimisations, informed by Pininfarina’s expertise, which enhance performance while maintaining aesthetic appeal. The lightweight 19-inch forged wheels, exclusive to Midsummer, weigh just 10 kilograms and feature a more period-appropriate tyre profile, furthering the car’s unique character.

Massimo Fumarola, Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Motor Company, said: “We are incredibly proud to present Midsummer, a limited-run special project that celebrates two centuries of coachbuilding and represents the embodiment of Morgan’s core values and the pinnacle of craft skills of its talented workforce.

“Midsummer is dedicated to enthusiastic individuals who will enjoy an unconventional, sensory, and analogue driving experience. By identifying and re-interpreting Morgan’s admired ideals, Midsummer turns our legacy into a charming, sophisticated, and timeless aesthetic.

“The success of Midsummer demonstrates what is possible through collaboration with like-minded individuals, and it has been both memorable and rewarding to work with Pininfarina to help bring this special project to life. Pininfarina, underpinned by an incredible legacy of coachbuilding and design, has introduced the latest design and visualisation expertise, as well as fresh ideas at a time when Morgan is on its own exciting journey.

“It has been a pleasure to welcome new and existing customers to see Midsummer ahead of the public reveal, and we have been overwhelmed by the positive reception achieved so far. This unique example of coachbuilding, which exists between art and design, goes to the heart of what Morgan does best. With two traditions, two cultures, and two hundred years of experience united by a deeply held belief in the principles of craftsmanship, that heart beats stronger than ever.”

Giuseppe Bonollo, SVP Sales & Marketing, Pininfarina, said: “Alongside Morgan, we take great pride in spearheading the Coachbuilding movement. This remarkable collaboration blends Morgan’s 115-year coachbuilding philosophy with Pininfarina’s nearly 95-year tradition of designing and crafting bespoke vehicles. The already unique legacy of the two car makers, once combined, produces an unparalleled result in our industry. Through the seamless synergy between our teams and the shared passion of both brands, a new masterpiece emerges, blending British heritage with the timeless Pininfarina design. The forthcoming Midsummer, adorned with the ‘Pininfarina Fuoriserie’ badge, an absolute first for a production car, is destined to attain cult status.”


From the front, Morgan’s new signature headlight units and horseshoe grille with a half-moon shape improve airflow and cooling. The stainless-steel lower sills and new rear lights integrated within half-chamfered light pods reflect early Pininfarina designs.

Inside, the cockpit features handmade analogue dials finished in off-white, a re-sculpted steering wheel with a solid forged aluminium centre, and an enhanced Sennheiser audio system. These all combine to provide a luxurious yet functional driving environment.

Driving Dynamics

Midsummer delivers the visceral driving experience that Morgan is known for. Its barchetta style ensures a close connection to the surroundings, with a target dry weight of just 1,000 kg enhancing agility. Adjustable Nitron dampers, specifically tuned for Midsummer, further refine its dynamic capabilities.

Jonathan Wells, Chief Design Officer, Morgan Motor Company, said: “Midsummer demonstrates the flexibility of the Morgan silhouette, presenting a vehicle that is striking in its appearance and unmistakably a Morgan. A celebration of coachbuilding that combines the expertise, story and creativity of both Morgan and Pininfarina in delivering a seamless balance of tradition and progression.

“Morgan proudly practices the art of coachbuilding; uniting art, engineering, and craft to deliver story-rich experiences in everything we do. Midsummer has allowed us to celebrate these values through collaboration with another likeminded creator. Following a series of enjoyable conversations, visits to one another’s studios, and during time spent driving Morgan cars around the Malvern Hills together, the Pininfarina team and our own designers quickly began drafting initial concepts.

“It was energising to witness the way in which our creative teams worked together. Collaboration throughout all stages of the development was complemented initially by Pininfarina’s incredible immersive digital design technology and later by Morgan’s inherent understanding of coach-building lightweight sports cars.  This extended design resource, healthy creative collaboration and seamless digital-to-physical evaluation enabled us to go from ‘conversation to concept’ in less than one year.

“Midsummer – whilst also being Morgan’s first exterior-form collaboration – represents a significant milestone in our product design history. Our product portfolio offers an intriguing diversity; from the elegance of Plus Four and Six to the adventurous Super 3 and CX-T. As we look towards broader visual experimentation across our model range – it has been an enriching experience to collaborate with Pininfarina, who’s teams have challenged our thinking and introduced new ideas in line with our design journey.”

“I am most pleased with the rear three-quarter proportions and how the car sits thanks to obsessive attention-to-detail to refine the wheel-to-body relationship. The introduction of the elegant dropping shoulder line is accentuated by an eccentric swept tail, fuller bodied aesthetic is complemented by intelligent surfacing detail, and carefully defined creases control highlights as they move across the gently crowned surfaces. Midsummer establishes design foundations to build upon for future Morgan models.”

Felix Kilbertus, Chief Creative Officer, Pininfarina, said: “The design of the Midsummer is the product of an immersive journey between two brands, building on the essence of Morgan’s DNA, encompassing its centenary heritage, company culture and a remarkable community of passionate devotees. This endeavour was also a rare and unique opportunity to investigate our own past with the fresh eyes of a new generation of designers, and to rediscover our company’s very origins in coachbuilding. While Pininfarina’s spirit of constantly looking forward is most manifest in the aerodynamic solutions directing airflow over the cabin or in the functional ventilation elements, the innate sculptural sensitivity of the Italian tradition shapes the low and essential silhouette, producing a beautifully surfaced and sensationally proportioned roadster, celebrating the ideal of light-hearted motoring.

“Complementing and learning from each other, the two teams engaged collaboratively across all stages, from an inspirational “what if..?” in an English ‘Pub’ to colour and material discussions over Italian coffee – and many more encounters in between. Refining all aspects of design, a fully digital development phase based on Pininfarina’s extensive expertise in VR/AR modelling and visualisation blended seamlessly with the art and craft of truly hand-built automobiles.” 

Visible Wood: A Nod to Tradition and Innovation

Midsummer’s barchetta style allows for an innovative use of wood. Inspired by marine applications, sculpted teak structures surround the cabin. Each section is hand-formed from high-quality, durable teak, with hundreds of individual layers laminated together, each no more than 0.6mm thick.

Each Midsummer car features nine individually crafted teak sections, requiring over 30 hours of crafting and utilising 83 square metres of sustainably sourced teak. The dashboard tops alone have 126 layers of teak, while the door tops feature 120 layers!


21st Century Coachbuilding

Midsummer demonstrates Morgan’s blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. The engineering and production of this limited edition, with just 50 units to be made, required creative solutions to overcome design challenges.

The hand-formed aluminium body panels, taking over 250 hours to produce, reflect the complexity involved. Production of these exclusive vehicles is set to begin in the third quarter of 2024 at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory.

Matt Hole, Chief Technical Officer, Morgan Motor Company, said: “Midsummer embodies Morgan’s 21st century coachbuilding philosophy and showcases the talent and capability of our engineering and production teams. To achieve such a striking design has required immense craft skill, blended with industry leading technology, that surpasses that of any previous Morgan.

“Achieving a balance between craft and technology, ensuring both are enhancing the other and not detracting, is what has helped to make Midsummer so special. We have witnessed first-hand during the development process, instances where the skill of the artisan is informing the latest Computer Aided Design software, and vice versa. There is an honesty to this process which we believe is reflected in the finished product.

“Morgan is continuing to elevate the quality, perception, and integrity of its vehicles, Midsummer is a testament to this evolution. I believe this project has raised the bar for Morgan, and in doing so will help to elevate the integrity of all future Morgan models.”

The Inspiration Behind Midsummer

The name Midsummer is a celebration of the season and the perfect weather for enjoying an open-top barchetta. It also references Midsummer Hill in the Malvern Hills, a place permanently linked with Morgan’s history. From these hills, you can view significant locations related to Morgan’s origins, including the birthplace of HFS Morgan and the site where the first Morgan car was invented.

The Pininfarina Fuoriserie Emblem

Midsummer features the Pininfarina Fuoriserie emblem, a mark of its unique status. Positioned just behind the front wheels, this emblem indicates the extremely special nature of Midsummer. Typically, Pininfarina uses the ‘Design by Pininfarina’ emblem, but the ‘Fuoriserie’ brand mark, meaning ‘out of series,’ has been selected for Midsummer, marking its first application to a production car in Pininfarina’s history.

Limited Run and Exclusive Customization

Only 50 Midsummer cars will be produced, all of which have already been sold during exclusive preview sessions. Each customer will work closely with Morgan’s designers to tailor their Midsummer, ensuring every vehicle is a unique reflection of its owner’s vision. Production begins later this year, Morgan’s 115th anniversary year, and will conclude in 2025. The first public showing of Midsummer is anticipated to be at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.


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Press Release – A Suffolk Barn Find – 1952 Austin A40

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 2024

Ipswich, May 2024 – Several members of the Bridge Classic Cars team recently set out to investigate a rumoured barn find. What they found was a 1952 Austin A40 Cabriolet bodied by Jensen that had been securely stored away in a locked metal shed since at least 1987.

The team was warmly welcomed by the car’s owner, Jenny, to her Kesgrave home before she guided them down a picturesque garden path to a small, padlocked structure at the bottom of her property. The condition of the vehicle was unknown, as the doors had been shut for many years with slabs and wood leaned against them.

After some effort, the team managed to open the doors and got their first glimpse of the car inside. The Austin A40 was housed in a structure just large enough to fit the car, making it difficult to assess its overall condition from its resting place. However, the front of the car appeared to be in excellent shape, giving hope that the rest of the vehicle might have similarly withstood the test of time.

As the car was carefully moved out of storage for the first time in decades, the team was delighted to find it in fantastic condition. It was evident that Jenny’s late husband, a dedicated classic car enthusiast, had perfectly prepared the car for its long hibernation. Grease had been applied to the body, and the interior remained remarkably well-preserved. Notably, four spare tyres and the original hubcaps were found neatly stored in bags in the boot.

Following a brief on-site inspection, the 1952 Austin A40 was loaded into a trailer and transported safely to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in Pettistree, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. Now at its new home, the vehicle will undergo a thorough cleaning and recommissioning process.

“We are incredibly excited about this find,” said Craig Ranson, Managing Director of Bridge Classic Cars. “The Austin A40 Cabriolet is a rare and beautiful piece of automotive history. We look forward to getting it back on the road where it belongs.”

For more information and to follow the car’s progress, keep an eye on the Bridge Classic Cars website.

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About Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars is a leading name in the classic car restoration industry, known for our dedication to preserving automotive heritage and providing exceptional services to classic car owners. With the launch of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club and The Classic Lounge, we continue to expand our community and enhance the classic car experience for enthusiasts across the UK.

For more information about membership and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk or contact us Lily by email – events@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk 

Contact:

Rob Harvey
Marketing Manager
Bridge Classic Cars
rob@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

01473 742038
www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

Final Checks of our 1991 Jaguar XJS Le Mans

Our 1991 Jaguar XJS Le Mans is soon to be honest way to its lucky new owner after being through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions just over a week ago.

Jon, one of our restoration technicians, has been going through the car to check everything over. Before carrying out the final road tests, Jon a loose connection in one of the headlights before correctly torquing all wheels and making sure the tyre pressures were at spec. Then, it was a case of filling up the car with 10-litres of petrol so its new owner can enjoy the car straight away.

Then it was handed over to Tony from our Transport team to get it safely loaded into our covered trailer ahead of its journey in the morning.

Carburettor Strip and Set Up on the 1955 MG TF

Steve has been working on the 1955 MG TF in the workshop of our Suffolk HQ.

To begin with, Steve stripped down the carburettors on the 1500cc 4-cylinder as the front unit was leaking and had a sticking piston. With a new set of seals and gaskets, Steve worked his magic to get both units rebuilt and back on the car to begin setting them up to get this 1950s sports car running better than ever.

Once back on the car and going through visual checks, Steve discovered that the top of the piston in the front unit was not sitting central and causing it to stick and because of this will require replacement.

Press Release – The World’s Only 1905 Riley 9HP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 2024

Historical Rarity: 1905 Riley 9hp, Believed to be Experimental Design, Offered for Sale

Bridge Classic Cars are offering collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a true piece of automotive history: a meticulously restored 1905 Riley 9hp, believed to be an experimental design from the pioneering days of British motoring.

This remarkable vehicle, believed to predate even the earliest prototypes of Riley’s first four-wheeled chassis, has been brought back to life following a painstaking four-year restoration by the Pettistree-based restorers. The 1905 Riley 9hp, registered as CW151, is a unique example of early British automotive engineering and innovation.

Originally discovered hidden on a farm, presumably for safekeeping during the destructive years of the World Wars, CW151 was nothing more than a collection of scattered car parts and metal debris. Undeterred by the challenge, the restoration team at Bridge Classic Cars started the painstaking process of bringing the unique vehicle back to life.

Geoff Haviland, representing the Riley Cars Archive Heritage Trust, has personally inspected the car and strongly believes it to be an experimental precursor predating even the prototypes of Riley’s first four-wheeled chassis. The chassis details, although similar to those of the 1907 production model, exhibit distinct variations such as a longer front end, unique door and seating configurations, and other subtle differences that suggest its experimental nature.

“This 1905 Riley 9hp is believed to be an experimental design, produced for the test programme of Riley’s first four-wheeled chassis,” explains Rob Harvey, Marketing Manager at Bridge Classic Cars “There aren’t many times in life when you get the opportunity to be close to a vehicle that genuinely changed automotive history but, without this car, our cars would all likely be very different today”

“Three-wheeled cars (2 wheels at the front and 1 at the back) were the most popular of vehicles back when this was thought up. If it wasn’t for Percy Riley building this mock-up to refine his design, who knows how long it would have been before four-wheels became the norm.”

“As sad as we will be to see this one-off car leave the workshop, I’m excited to think that it will end up in a special collection where it can be appreciated and admired as much as it deserves to be.”

This exceptionally rare vehicle, one of only four surviving examples of the Riley 9hp, and the only experimental model believed to exist, is now going up for sale in the hope it will find its way into a collection worthy of its historical significance.

The sale of this extraordinary 119-year-old vehicle presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for automotive enthusiasts and collectors to acquire a true piece of motoring history.

Key Highlights of the 1905 Riley 9hp (CW151) Include:

  • Meticulously restored by Bridge Classic Cars over four years
  • Hand-painted by renowned sign writer, Joby Carter
  • Restoration focused on preserving and reusing original components, with a high percentage of the vehicle being authentic
  • Comes with a professionally framed original roof and seat cover, adding to its historical authenticity

[End of Press Release]

Media Pack

For media inquiries, please contact:

Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager

rob@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

01473 742038

www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

About Bridge Classic Cars:

 Bridge Classic Cars specialise in the restoration and maintenance of vintage and classic vehicles.

Established in 2004, a full in-house service is provided by a skilled and experienced team of technicians.

Built on a passion for classic cars, the team have restored rare and one-off vehicles in their state-of-the-art workshop.

In addition to their award-winning restorations, Bridge Classic Cars also encourages a new audience to join the world of classic car enthusiasts. With their successful competitions, everyone has the opportunity to win their dream classic car for just a few pounds.

Bridge Classic Cars has created a hub for the classic car enthusiast community and, with a growing audience and client base, they are making sure vintage and classic vehicles can be enjoyed and admired by future generations.

Press Release – Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club

For Immediate Release

16th May 2024

Bridge Classic Cars Unveils Exclusive Members’ Club at Their

Brand New Venue – The Classic Lounge

Woodbridge, UK – May 2024 – Bridge Classic Cars is thrilled to announce the launch of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club, an exclusive community for classic car enthusiasts across the UK. This exciting new venture is based out of the Pettistree-based brand-new facility, The Classic Lounge, located right next to the company’s award-winning restoration workshop.

The Classic Lounge: A Hub for Enthusiasts

The Classic Lounge is a bespoke venue designed exclusively for members. It offers a stylish and comfortable space for car lovers to gather, share their passion, and enjoy a host of exclusive events and activities.

Exclusive Events and Experiences

Members of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club will have access to a curated calendar of unique experiences, including factory tours, wine tasting, live music, track days, and more. Some highlights of the 2024 calendar include:

  • July: A tour of Lotus Heritage and the Lotus factory, complete with lunch.
  • August: Live music from the 1940’s trio, The Three Chordettes.
  • September: Webbs of Weybridge, The Classic Driving Experience at Brooklands Museum.
  • November: An overnight stay and a day at the Classic Car Show held at the NEC.
  • December: A very special Christmas party to bring the year to a memorable close.

Membership Perks

In addition to access to The Classic Lounge and exclusive events, members will enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • 20% discount on all purchases.
  • A thriving online and in-person community.
  • Exclusive members’ clothing.
  • An updated membership pack featuring a specially designed pin badge every year.

Join the Community

The Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club is open to anyone in the UK with a love for cars. Membership provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the classic car culture, meet like-minded individuals, and participate in unforgettable experiences.

About Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars is a leading name in the classic car restoration industry, known for our dedication to preserving automotive heritage and providing exceptional services to classic car owners. With the launch of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club and The Classic Lounge, we continue to expand our community and enhance the classic car experience for enthusiasts across the UK.

For more information about membership and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk or contact us Lily by email – events@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

Contact:

Rob Harvey
Marketing Manager
Bridge Classic Cars
rob@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

01473 742038
www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

Rear Seats Installed in the 1985 Citroen CX25 GTi

The Bridge Classic Cars trim team have been working on finishing up the interior of our 1985 Citroen CX25 GTi.

Lydia has installed the recovered rear seats in place, and at the same time changed over the armrests and and centre console to match the rest of the interior in the correct fabric.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This might seem like an odd way to start an article on a classic car website but, over the last 18 months, we have been working to build a community of enthusiasts that not only assist each other with car-related issues, but also offer support in times of struggle.

This got me thinking that, actually, the classic car world could be exactly what people struggling with their mental health need to help them on the road to recovery.

Restoration

There’s something special about bringing a classic car back to life. It requires focus, care, and patience—all qualities that can help occupy your mind. For many people, their garage or workshop becomes a safe place where worries, anxieties, and other feelings are less hurtful than they are elsewhere.

Car Shows And Events

One of the best things about the classic car community is the people within it. Car shows and events are the ideal locations for people to meet up with others and spend time talking to people who share their passion.

Loneliness is a huge factor in the mental health crisis and the network we have managed to build has proven itself to be a place where loneliness can be overcome (even temporarily) and things can seem a little bit better for a while.


Small Wins

Each obstacle overcome in the restoration of a classic car can provide a lift for the person completing the work. This can help build confidence and reduce anxiety around talking to other people in a similar position. The classic car community is a supportive group that can offer support and camaraderie when you need it the most.

Driving Forward Together

Recognising the impact their passion has on mental well-being, many people in the classic car community have steered their efforts towards supporting mental health causes. Events are now not just about showcasing cars but about promoting mental health, with workshops and talks that emphasise the importance of community support.

The classic car community shows us how a shared passion can help strengthen our mental health. It’s a reminder that in the right company, with the right support, we can deal with mental health issues and help each other on the road to recovery.

As we recognise Mental Health Awareness Week, I think it is important to recognise the positive impact of community, whether it’s based on the beauty of a classic car, friendship, restoration, or the importance of our mental health.

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A Ducati Winner

Yesterday, the lucky winner of our 2002 Ducati 900 Super Sport was found in our live draw from Deben Cafe Bar on HMS Vale

Congratulations to Nic Scales, who won with ticket number 2555.

Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run

Every year the Ipswich Transport Museum runs an event that sees 500 cars drive in convoy from Christchurch Park in Ipswich all the way to Felixstowe seafront where they park up for the afternoon. The entire journey is through streets lined with people all waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite classic, for many families in the area this has become somewhat of a tradition through the generations.

There are a few rules when it comes to the display cars, they must be pre-1994, not modified and road legal. Several of the Bridge Classic Cars team went along to see this years offerings and they were not disappointed. The variety of cars is always astounding. Here is last years visit for even more photographs.

UK’s Used Car Market Enjoys Robust Growth in Early 2024

The UK’s used car market has kicked off 2024 with an impressive first quarter, experiencing a 6.5% increase in sales. 1,967,923 used cars were purchased, marking the strongest start to a year since the pre-pandemic heights of 2019. This update comes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), indicating a positive trend that’s been building for 16 consecutive months.

This growth can largely be attributed to the recovery of the new car market, which has enhanced the variety and availability of second-hand vehicles. Despite this uptick, the total sales for this quarter are still 2.6% below the levels seen before the pandemic.

One of the standout trends in the market has been the significant increase in sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). With a record 71% jump in purchases, 41,505 BEVs were sold, now accounting for 2.1% of the market. This surge is due to the growing appeal of electric vehicles, which offer both cost savings and environmental benefits. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are also seeing a rise in popularity, with sales increases of 49.3% and 42.5% respectively.

Despite the growth in electric and hybrid vehicles, petrol engines remain the most popular choice, with sales up by 7.7%. However, diesel vehicles have seen a slight decline of 1.3%. Together, traditional powertrains represented 92.9% of all used car sales this quarter.

In terms of vehicle types, superminis were once again the top sellers, with a 7.2% increase in transactions, followed by lower medium vehicles, which saw the largest volume growth. Dual-purpose vehicles also performed well, maintaining their market share and showing a robust growth of 10.3%.

As for colour preferences, black continues to dominate the market, representing 21.3% of all used car sales. Grey and blue follow closely behind, with grey showing the most significant growth among the top ten colours.


Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “A reinvigorated new car market is delivering more choice and affordability for used car buyers and, increasingly, they are choosing to go electric. To enable even more drivers to enjoy the benefits of zero-emission motoring, ensuring both supply and demand remains robust is essential. Incentivising new EV uptake and investing in a chargepoint network that is accessible, available and affordable to all will drive the nation’s net zero transition.”


All used car data published by SMMT is correct based on information available at the time of publication. SMMT used car data is derived from information supplied by DVLA, which periodically revises historic data, which can therefore result in variations on data previously reported.

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MG TF Transport

Tony has collected our 1955 MG TF from its owner and safely transported it to the workshop.

Axle Storage

The axle of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe has been safely put into storage.

Fuel Pickup

The new fuel pickup for our 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 fits other models so has longer pipes than needed. Steve has modified it so it now fits the tank on our car.

Transit Fuel Sender

Steve has dismantled and cleaned the fuel sender in our Ford Transit Tipper MKII. This cured the bad contacts before the top part of the sender was zinc-plated.

New Springs And Some Extra Info

Julian has fitted 2 new springs to our 2010 Renault Wind Roadster.

Also, we have recently been sent some information from Stephen Norman, Worldwide Marketing Director, Renault, 2007-2014 who had this to say about the Wind:

“Not many people know this … !

In the years around 2010, several manufacturers were indebted to Webasto [principally known for sunroofs but in fact suppliers of many more sub-assemblies than that], because of their inability to call off the number of sunroof-equipped cars they had committed to, and that Webasto had tooled up to produce.

It is to be understood that it was not a sunroof problem but rather one of overall production volume of which sunroof-equipped cars.

In such cases significant impairment has to be paid and of course piece-costs go through the roof [sic].

Webasto had developed a retractable roof system that was both innovative and fast [12 seconds], and could be used on the move. They hawked it around the motor industry and had difficulty in finding a taker, it is easy to see why.

Renault decided to engineer a car around this roof system and both add an innovative model to the 2007 Twingo II offering [light-years away from the original Twingo], and to solve their call-off problem on this major supplier.

Thus was born the Renault Wind ….

For the anecdote both the British and the Dutch resisted the name and its connection to flatulence, but objective Marketing Research threw up no connections whatsoever. CQFD about people in the motor industry!

There was a beautiful Gordini Series Renault Wind too, very desirable at the time.”

Stephen Norman

Worldwide Marketing Director, Renault, 2007-2014

Competition Prep

Jonn has continued his work on our 1989 Daimler Double Six. His notes are below:

Continue to replace spark plugs. Remove throttle tower and cruise control diaphragm to gain access to fit new plugs. Refit all components removed. Charge battery. Put 10lts fuel in and run up. Better now, running on all 12 cylinders. But AAV temperamental and can make idle speed drop and hunt. Recalled tie injector multi plugs. Top up coolant. Fit breather pipe to distributor cap.

Unblock washer jet and set aim. Disconnect Aux air valve pipe and blank off. Run and idle perfect. Reconnect have pipe and now idling fine but have may require replacing in future.

Continue light repairs. Fit new fuse for front sidelights and test. Investigate main beam not working offside replace blown bulb and test. Still not working. Check fuse and clean connections but still not working. Check power and earth supplies and found no earth. Rewire earth connector with new terminals and test, ok now. Investigate indicator issues. Remove offside front indicator and for d no earth also to bulbbholder.strip and resolver earth connector and refit and test, ok. Use contact spray on rear electric window switches and test, all ok. Start to remove spark plugs.

A Very Busy Jensen

A lot of progress has happened with our 1956 Jensen 541. Paul has continued his work and has completed a lot of tasks. Here are his notes:

Fit propshaft,check rear axle alignment, fit fuel line at tank,fit n/s door catch captive plate,fit gearbox tunnel, Prep manifolds ready to fit,fit drive shaft,connect pedals to master cylinders,fabricate water bottle mount.

Fit washer bottle and wire in,make loom for electrics to heater fan and wiper motor,fit exhaust manifolds,fit oil feed pipeto gauge,and fabricate mount for flex oil fed pipe,fit clutch and brake pedal pads,fit brake servo pipe.

Fit spare wheel carrier, top up gearbox,engine and differential oils, add fluid to brake and clutch systems and bleed through,fabricate hand brake rods and modify fittings,fit vacuum pipe for brake servo.

Fit brake pedal return springs,wire in loom for bonnet ,fit headlights in bonnet,start fitting bonnet air flap.

To allow Paul to work on the bonnet, Tony transported it from our storage facility to the workshop.

Lotus Heritage & Factory Tour

Since 1966, Hethel (a quiet part of Norfolk) has been home to the development of some of the most exciting and innovative cars of our time.

The Bridge Classic Cars team have organised a very special trip to Hethel to experience, first-hand, what goes on at the Lotus factory. You will get to see the entire production process up close as well as pay a visit to the test track where the Lotus cars are signed off as ready to go.


We will tour the factory, led by a knowledgeable Lotus product specialist to see the end-to-end build process, from bare chassis to completed sports car. We will then head to the local pub, The Bird in Hand for lunch and drinks.

Menu
Bird in hand burger
2 x 4oz patties of specially selected cuts of beef by the master butcher at Clarke’s, topped with extra mature cheddar and American cheese served in a brioche bun with beef tomato, lettuce, red onion and burger sauce. with house slaw, skin on fries & crispy onion rings. (gfa)
Traditional butcher’s sausage and mash
Three chunky Clarke’s of Hevingham butcher’s sausages served on a bed of creamy mashed potato with seasonal vegetables and rich onion gravy topped with pea shoots (gfa)
North Sea Haddock
Prime 7oz – 8oz fillet deep-fried in a traditional golden batter served with our gourmet chunky chips, garden peas, homemade tartare sauce and lemon wedge (gf)
Katsu Style Curry
Oven-roasted sweet potato, aubergine and courgette bound in a medium spiced katsu style curry sauce served with coriander infused rice (vg) (gf)

A choice of arrival drink also included!

Also included is a tour of Classic Team Lotus – a bespoke operation just across the road from the main Lotus HQ, it’s a separate business that’s dedicated to preserving and promoting the Lotus racing legend.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see a unique collection that includes some of the most historically significant race cars ever.

“Experience, first-hand, the production process. Witness the track, where the class-leading sports cars are put through their paces. Walk in the footsteps of the F1 greats, who so admirably filled the Lotus trophy cabinet.”

£195 per person – members will receive a 20% discount

Tickets will be available soon but, in the meantime, contact Lily via events@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk for more information.

Factory and Heritage Tours involve walking for up to 2 and 3 hours respectively but we can accommodate wheelchair users also.  Please let us know in advance if you require any assistance.

Please note, visitors must be 10 years or older. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of 1 adult for every 2 children.

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A Special Delivery – Our Alfa Romeo Spider Winner

Last week, the Bridge Classic Cars transport team loaded up our 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider and headed off to its new owner – Lee.

Lee won our Alfa Romeo Spider a couple of months ago but the car has been in our safe and secure storage facility, The Hangar, whilst Lee organised a space for his new pride and joy. Previously, Lee won a Mercedes SL63 AMG from us but this is his first classic!

We wish Lee many happy miles with this stunning Italian droptop.

Valance Repairs on the 1951 Austin Devon Pickup

The fabrication team have been working on repairing the valance on our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup.

Our fabricator Chris has worked his magic on the front end of this classic British pickup in order to get it fitted up perfectly. Each section has been carefully templated and made by hand specifically for that section and then welded into place making sure to let each area cool and shrink back before continuing with the welds.

Preflight Checks – Getting our 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe Started

Jon has been working on getting our stunning 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe fired up for the first time in nearly 20 years!

Working through each of the systems, Jon has meticulously checked and double checked each part of the classic Jaguar. To begin with, Jon fit the new oil filter to the straight-six and topped off all fluids in the car before turning his attention back to he carburetors.

Jon has finished cleaning up the carburettors, freeing up any sticking points to make sure they operate as they should. Then removing the old spark plugs, Jon installed a fresh set after gapping them correctly and then adding a new battery which meant the team had to modify the original battery hold down bracket to fit.

After getting the new battery installed into the car, Jon could then begin the process of waking up the straight-six. The first step was to crank the engine over for around 20 seconds to build oil pressure and make sure it had worked its way all through the block and into the heads, reaching around 20psi.

After making sure the oil pressure was ok and that every surface had been lubricated, Jon could move on to compression tests. All 6-cylinders were ok, with readings between 150-180psi and well within spec. Jon then set the base timing for the distributor and then could work on filling up the carburettor float bowls with fresh petrol (as the tank is not yet plumbed in) and with a bump of the starter motor, the straight six burst into life and ran perfectly, in Jon’s report ”Attempt to start. Started and ran ok. Sounded ok.”

A Suffolk Barn Find

Earlier today, several members of the Bridge Classic Cars team headed to Ipswich to take a look at a true barn find.

We’d heard about it but we hadn’t seen it so we had no idea the condition of the car that had been safely locked away since at least 1987.

When we arrived, we were greeted by Jenny, who owned the car. She quickly led us down her beautiful garden path to a small structure right at the bottom. With a padlock in place and things lent up against the doors, it was clear that the doors had been shut for quite some time.


After a bit of hard work, we were able to get the doors open and we got our first look at the car inside – a 1952 Austin A40 Cabriolet bodied by Jensen. The structure it had lived in for so long was just big enough for the car. That meant that it was difficult to get a full picture of the condition of the vehicle from it’s current position.

The front of the car looked to be in good shape so we were hopeful that the rest of the car might be in a similar condition. However, there was only one way to find out – it had to be moved out of storage for the first time in decades.

When the car was finally revealed to us, it was clear that it had been stored perfectly as everything seemed to be in fantastic condition.


As we looked closer and closer, we kept being surprised at how well the A40 had held up over its time off the road. Jenny’s husband, who sadly passed away, obviously knew how to look after classic cars as he had applied grease to the body and fully prepared the car for its long stay in the barn.

The interior also looks to have held up well, even revealing four spare tyres and the original hubcaps tucked away in bags in the boot of the car.

After a quick inspection in situ, our 1952 Austin A40 was loaded into the trailer and safely transported to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Now that it is here, it will be cleaned, recommissioned and back out on the road in the very near future.


5 responses to “A Suffolk Barn Find”

  1. Ian Logan avatar
    Ian Logan

    Amazing, i don’t ever remember seeing an Austin A40 like that. Was it a special?

    1. Rob Harvey avatar

      It was designed and produced with Jensen Motors so the body is a Jensen body. It’s a beautiful car to look at up close.

  2. Jonathan Griffiths avatar
    Jonathan Griffiths

    What a fantastic find. I hope you’re just going to recommission her and not go down the restoration route… it would be lovely to see her running iaround in her original patina where everyone can imagine the lifetime of stories she could tell.

    1. Rob Harvey avatar

      Exactly that! A recommission is all that is planned. It’s lived a life that will be preserved as original.

  3. Dave Taylor avatar
    Dave Taylor

    How fantastic it lovely to know they are still out there

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Diving Deeper Into our 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

Our technician Jon has been diving deeper into the 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe currently in our care for its new owner.

As part of the appraisal process, he has drained the engine of oil and all fluids along with removing the oil filter to inspect. As part of removing the fluids, the team remove drain the fuel tank to inspect the fueling side of the car.

Because of the car being sat for an extended period of time (multiple decades it would appear by the paperwork) the corrosive nature of the fuel left in the tank has wreaked havoc. When Jon removed the sediment filter, which also allows the fuel tank to drive, it became apparent that the fuel had spoiled whilst in there. In Jon’s own words ”Fuel more like paraffin”. With the tank drained, it could then be removed and allow Jon to strip down the tank of its sender unit and pump. After inspecting these components, his opinion is that these components will need complete replacement and cannot be recommissioned, as he reports ”All fuel system items require replacement”.

Then, Jon could go under the bonnet to remove the fuel sight glass and blow through the fuel lines with compressed air to clean through any sediment or debris which could be lurking inside the fuel system.