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Weekend at Manor Park Classics

What a fantastic weekend we had at Manor Park Classics for their February 2024 classic auction. It’s the first time I’ve been and the second trip for Gordon and I must say, I’m super impressed with the venue and set up.

Being very interested in the media side of a business I was amazed, initially, on the broadcasting equipment and lighting they had set up in preparation for the live auction and the social media coverage going out throughout the two days. But let’s get down to business…the classic cars!

Check out the video of day 1 where I spent the afternoon having a look through the 3 halls of vehicles on display.

Then on the Saturday was big day itself, Auction Day.

We registered early doors to get our bidding card and whether the fact we were the first to register or the fact that we were mega important VIP’s, we got card number 1 which seemed to be the highlight of the weekend for Gordon.

We were greeted at the door by a very familiar face in the classic car world, Mr Paul Cowland from Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars who welcomed us with open arms and took us on a brief tour of the facilities.

We were here to buy and the 5hr trip was well worth it as the collection of cars on offer were very impressive. A total of 6 we had our eyes on…

We weren’t lucky enough to buy all 6 but that did mean we came back a little richer than we expected so it wasn’t a failure as we managed to grab 4 fantastic vehicles, 3 of which will be coming to a competition near you very soon.

Lovely to meet the team at Manor Park Classics, a special thank you to Paul Cowland for a personal guided tour which happened to start out in the men’s toilet of all places! Also, great to meet and have a brief chat with another legend in the world of classic cars, Drew Pritchard. We missed out on successfully winning his Beetle but there’s always next time!

Back Home – Shooting a 1935 Bentley Van Den Plas Sports Saloon for Auction

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we have the rare and unique chance to deal with some of the most amazing classic and collectible cars on a near daily basis. Some are rare and iconic, others are storied and well-traveled. This 1935 Bentley Van Den Plas Sports Saloon is all of those wrapped into one.

The car belongs to a good friend of Bridge Classic Cars, John. John is a classic car enthusiast from South Africa who over the years we have developed an incredible friendship and appreciation for vintage metal with and its an absolute joy to have him make the trip over to see us. Recently, we had a shipping container filled to the brim with beautiful classics arrive at our Suffolk HQ which had been brought over by John, including this Derby Bentley.

John has kindly asked us to photograph and represent the car at auction for him here in the UK but the story of this car and its pure originality is what makes it truly stand out from the rest.

Firstly, here’s a quick recap on what a ‘Derby’ Bentley is for those who aren’t versed in early Bentley history – After the Rolls Royce takeover of Bentley in the early 1930s, the Bentley name would still retain its reputation for superb engineering, effortless style, and rock-steady reliability under its new ownership though the cars that would come to be known as Derby Bentley’s after its move from the Cricklewood home under W.O Bentley to Rolls Royce’s workshops based in Derby. Hence, ‘Derby’ Bentley’s.

Here’s what we specifically know about this car, BOL 505.

This 1935 Bentley Van Den Plas sports saloon spent its early years here in the UK under the registration BOL 505. In 1971, the car was acquired by South African Bentley enthusiast Tony White and shipped to South Africa in order to compliment his fleet of early Bentleys including a pair of 1928 4 ½ litre tourers. Soon after, the car was sold to another South African classic car enthusiast who would retain the car for the next 44 years.

It was then bought by another classic car enthusiast in South Africa who began work on the car, the previous owner to him carrying out the aesthetic restoration of the cars body as well as the overhaul of the all important straight-six engine, however due to the previous owners failing health there are no records or recollection of what work was indeed carried out.

Finished in two-tone Grey, this 1935 Bentley Van Den Plas sports saloon is a wonderful blend of sympathetic restoration and true originality. The exterior of the car is in fabulous condition, along with the engine block and engine bay being given an aesthetic restoration. In its 88-year life, it is believed the body has never left the chassis since the pair were brought together at the Derby works and must be one of only a handful to proudly wear that title.

Throughout its 52-year history in the southern hemisphere, the dry conditions have worked to preserve this beautiful British motorcar and meant that it has always been road registered with its previous owners.

The exterior of the car is in superb condition with very minimal work left to do, some of the original parts are missing such as the spare wheel, P100 headlight internals and sidelights. The interior is about as original as it comes but will require retrimming and some restorative work. The leather, although well patinated is still soft to the touch and could be kept or used to create a new interior for the car.

This is an incredible opportunity for an enthusiast of the Bentley marque or pre-war British motorcars to bring back to life, at minimal effort and with the large expenses already outlaid, a wonderful piece of British motoring history.

It’s a true pleasure and honour to be able to photograph piece of automotive history like this Derby Bentley. And it’s also a privilege for our friend and customer to ask us to represent the car at auction for him aswell.

The car is offered for auction through our friends over at Car & Classic using this link.

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.

Guinness Family Vehicles Going To Auction

A collection of five classic cars, currently owned by the Guinness family, are going to auction later this month.

On the 14th of June 2023, H&H will be hosting an auction at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. At the auction, there will be more than 130 cars going up for sale, including the five Guinness-owned classics.

Paul Cheetham, motor car specialist, at H&H, said “Every vehicle in the Guinness Collection possesses a unique character and represents a significant era in automotive history. Having been carefully preserved by the Guinness family, these cars carry with them an exceptional provenance and an intriguing story that adds to their allure and appeal.”

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake 

Perhaps the most impressive vehicle in the collection is the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake. It is a stunning example of just how good British automotive craftsmanship can be. The Phantom was once owned by Rt Hon Alan Clark MP and has recently been used on the Elveden Estate for shoots.

After undergoing a comprehensive restoration in the 1990s, this is a timeless vehicle that embodies everything you have come to expect from a luxurious, stylish, and refined car like the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

1948 Ford V8 Custom

Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh, purchased the 1948 Ford V8 Custom from new and it was delivered to Ireland in right-hand drive configuration. Finished in Feather Grey with a Brown interior, amazingly, this V8 Custom has been in the Guinness family its whole life and will be sold directly from the family’s collection.

1954 MG TF 1500

Only 3,400 examples of the 1500 engine were ever produced, and this 1954 MG TF 1500 is certainly a good one. It was purchased by the Guinness family in 1997 and has seen a minimal increase in mileage since then. Originally sold as a US export, it returned to the UK in 1988 where it underwent a comprehensive restoration and a conversion to right-hand drive.

Finished in a combination of Cream paintwork and Red interior upholstery, it has a Tan hood and a full-length tonneau cover.

1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly

The 1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly has covered around 33,000 miles from new and had more than £1000 worth of cosmetic and mechanical improvements in 2017. These included new seat foam and covers, a new hood, and chassis and bulkhead repairs.

Its Maroon and Yellow paintwork coupled with a Burgundy hood and cloth interior gives the 2CV6 a stylish and very classic look.

1997 Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf ‘Remus’

After being supplied to the Ministry of Defence in 1997, Land Rover specialists, AJS Land Rovers purchased this Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf after it was taken out of service in 2019. Eight months of restoration work including the chassis being shot blasted, powder coated, and painted, the engine being completely overhauled with new shells, oil pump timing cover and casing, cam belt, pulleys, water, vacuum, and lift pumps, and a new intercooler and radiator transformed the classic Land Rover into an impressive example. The gearbox and transfer box had previously been overhauled by the MoD and were found to be in very good condition. However, a new gearbox oil cooler was provided.

With around 73,000 miles on the clock, the Guinness family took ownership of the Defender in 2020 and it has remained with them until now.

The Auction

The auction, on 14th June, will no doubt be a memorable event that will attract a big crowd of car enthusiasts. With more than 100 other vehicles available, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see some big money bids come in at Imperial War Museum.

This Time Next Year, We’ll Be Millionaires

A British icon is going to auction in June!

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III is believed to be one of the original ‘Trotters Independent Trading’ vans. Several of these were used during the filming of “Only Fools and Horses” and this is thought to be one of the vehicles that Del Boy and Rodney used in their many schemes of becoming millionaires.

The Vehicle

This very special Reliant Regal Supervan comes from a private collector, who has owned it since 2021. Prior to their ownership, John Mansfield of the BBC had the vehicle (along with another identical example that he sold in 2017 for just over £41,000).

With 97,000 miles on the clock and a top speed of 55mph, the yellow van was a prominent feature of the TV show and is easily recognised by its millions of fans.

Along with its storied history, the van has been subject to recent recommissioning works including having new tyres fitted, its brakes overhauled and the fuel system checked through. Also with the vehicle comes a roof rack, market suitcase, fluffy dice, and an inflatable doll that helped create one of the most iconic and memorable scenes in Episode 2 of Series 6 – “Danger UXD”.

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III will be auctioned on Saturday 17th June by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Event Centre in The Summer Sale 2023.

Only Fools And Horses

Only Fools and Horses was created and written by John Sullivan and has become a beloved British sitcom. First airing in 1981, it ran for over two decades until 2003. The show follows the lives of Derek “Del Boy” and Rodney Trotter, as they navigate the ups and downs of life in Peckham, South London.

Del Boy, played by David Jason, is a lovable rogue and ambitious market trader with dreams of becoming a millionaire. His younger brother Rodney, portrayed by Nicholas Lyndhurst, is more naive and often finds himself caught up in Del Boy’s get-rich-quick schemes. The show’s humour stems from Del Boy’s outrageous and often ill-fated attempts at making money, which often involve the sale of dodgy goods or elaborate cons.

The show won numerous awards including several BAFTAs and has left a permanent mark in British television history.

Bridge Classic Cars At Imperial War Museum, Duxford For H And H Auction

Today, Bridge Classic Cars are at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford attending the latest H and H auction. There is a wide range of vehicles available and we are always excited to see which ones catch our eye.

One of the cars being auctioned is our 1934 Riley 9 Lynx so we are particularly excited about that.

The Imperial War Museum is an impressive venue to see all of these beautiful classic cars.

We are on the lookout for some competition cars for Bridge Classic Cars Competitions so, maybe your next car is in one of our pictures below.

Going To Auction – 1934 Riley 9 Lynx

On the 19th October 2022, at 1 pm, an H and H Classics auction will take place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. It is here that our 1934 Riley 9 Lynx Tourer will be available for sale.

This beautiful classic car has been with us for a little while but, the time has now come for it to move on to a new owner. If you want to know more about how you can become the new owner, take a look at it on the H and H website here.

H and H describe our 1934 Riley 9 Lynx as:

Introduced in 1933, the Lynx Tourer had much in common with its similarly rakish and elegant Kestrel Saloon sibling. Notably low-slung, both were four-seaters that placed their occupants between the front and rear axles. Powered by a ‘sports’ version of the Coventry marque’s advanced ‘twin-cam’ four-cylinder 1087cc engine mated to four-speed manual transmission, the pair enjoyed a level of performance that belied their 9hp tax rating. Based around a ladder-frame chassis equipped with all round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension and bias-adjustable drum brakes, they were known for their crisp handling too.

Recently repatriated to the UK, ‘AXR 525’ is offered finished in a vivid Blue with a Black full leather interior. A 1934 Riley 9 Lynx Tourer, from the second year of production, the car hides its 88 years incredibly well. The car has lived part of its life in South Africa where the climate appears to have preserved both its paint, wood, bodywork and interior remarkably well, and evidently a testament to the level of care and attention given to the car by its previous owner. The Lynx Tourer comes with a UK V5C.

During the car’s residence with the vendor, we are told that it has been given an inspection by his restoration team. A ‘full’ service, carburettors rebuilt, rear lights and wiring were replaced, as well as a small repair carried out to its folding soft top roof. Additionally, the brakes have had some mechanical fettling, with adjustment all around and road tested on several occasions by the vendor. The gearbox is described as working smoothly, and the engine runs evenly and is said to be balanced through the revs. This is an attractive example of the 9 Lynx Tourer built by Riley which still wears its original brass chassis plate on the top of the firewall. A pre-war classic that would be a beautiful addition to an existing collection or as a single pride and joy for an enthusiast owner.

Out and About – Bridge Classic Cars at Barons Auctions

The Bridge Classic Cars team recently at the pleasure of attending the final Barons Auctions event at Sandown Racecourse before their move.

The team went to look at all the cars on display. A wonderful mix of modern and vintage with something there to suit everyones taste. From beautiful original Mini’s to a brand new Mini Cooper S JCW which was being auctioned for charity. That’s always the wonderful thing about Barons, they cater to all tastes and styles with a fair few Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s going across the auction block at this particular event.

We’re excited to see what the future holds for our friends at Barons Auctions and we wish them the best of luck with this new move and new way of auctions in the future.

Out & About – Bridge Classic Cars at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the H&H Auction

Last week the Bridge Classic Cars team loaded up our 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 and headed out to the H&H Auctions at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Although the Viper was entered into the auction, it also gave the team a chance to look around this amazing venue and the incredible machinery on display waiting to head over the auction block. Everything from the remnants of a very rare AC Ace to a stunning Jaguar C Type, an Audi Quattro Rally Car to a new Lamborghini Aventador.

The cars on display were truly breathtaking and all displayed inside the former RAF hangar, like a giant version of our own secure storage facility, The Hangar. There was something for everyone at the H&H Auctions, but the car that caught our eye was the 1990 Porsche 944 Turbo.

As the day progressed and the proceedings began, the cars crossed the auction block one by one. Some amazing machinery was sold that day like the Bentley Speed 6 which sold for £300,000+ and the stunning Austin Healey 3000 nearly identical to our own Big Healey for sale on MyClassics.

When the time came for the Porsche to be sold, we had to get hold of it. This beautiful example finished in Guards Red with recent work carried out and a remap of the ECU generously adding more power to the turbocharged engine.

Unfortunately, our 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 didn’t sell. But, it just means it’s waiting to go to the right home.

As the hammer fell, we had won the bidding. So at the end of the day, we loaded up our new 944 Turbo into our trailer to bring it home to our Suffolk HQ.

Chevron B20 Auction Begins Tomorrow

Our incredible 1972 Chevron B20 Formula 2 race car is up for auction on Car and Classic and will be going live tomorrow! We are eager to see this very special car find its new home. Packed full of amazing history, our Chevron will be a wonderful addition to any race lovers collection.

You can see our two previous shoots below: