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Behind the Scenes – Shooting Our 1979 Porsche 911 Targa

There’s something about the sound and feel of an air-cooled 911. The throbbing, visceral soundtrack, the direct and poised steering and most of all, that iconic shape. This 1979 Porsche 911 is a Targa. It’s essentially a hardtop with a removable roof panel to let the outside in as you become one with the B-Road that lays before you.

That was what the team all took away from shooting this classic 911. Finished in iconic Guards Red with a unique tan and maroon interior, this sports car is certainly as striking as it is timeless. After being given a full check-over by the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, it was given the green light to head over to The Hangar, the base of operations for all of our filming.

The 3-litre Flat-Six pulled strongly across the ex-Airforce base. The car just wanted to run, its long gearing and sensational soundtrack make every occasion in the car special. The signature good looks of the 2nd generation 911 were perfect in the Suffolk summer sun as it made lap after lap of the base without any fuss, this is truly a car for all seasons.

And now, Bridge Classic Cars wants to give one lucky winner the chance of experiencing this magnificent piece of automotive design and engineering forever! That’s right. You could win this 1979 Porsche 911 Targa!

Head over to the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website by clicking here and enter now for your chance to win this beautiful air-cooled 911.

Check out the official gallery of the car and video below:

Back to Standard – Refitting an Original Steering Wheel to the 1981 Porsche 911SC

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars have completed the next job on the classic 1981 Porsche 911 SC.

One of the owners’ requests was to remove the aftermarket Momo Indy steering wheel and fit an original style wheel. For this, the team removed the aftermarket wheel from the boss in order to then remove the ground rings and swap them onto the original wheel for the horn.

With this swapped over, the original wheel was slipped down the steering shaft and correctly torqued to spec before the covers were put back on.

Coming Soon – 1979 Porsche 911 Targa

This stunning Guards Red 1979 Porsche 911 Targa is coming into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ very soon.

The team will be carrying out a full inspection and assessment on the classic air-cooled 911 and will report back with any findings after a road test and visual investigation.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page very soon for more on the beautiful 1979 Porsche 911 Targa.

All Change – New Tyres for the 1985 Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is having new tyres fitted before it leaves us here at Bridge Classic Cars and makes its way to its new owner.

For all of our tyres, we use our friends over at Tyre Assist. They’re mobile tyre fitters and come to our workshop when any of our projects.

The old tyres were removed and replaced with brand new replacements before being reinflated and perfectly balanced by the onboard computer. With this done, there’s just one last job…

Devil in the Detail – Detailing the 2013 Porsche Boxster

The 2013 Porsche Boxster has been in the capable hands of our go-to valeter Viper Auto Valet.

The front end of the Boxster is being polished and cleaned before it goes into our in-house paint team to have its minor imperfections worked on to get it looking absolutely perfect for its owner.

This Just In – 2013 Porsche Boxster

The stunning 2013 Porsche Boxster has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars for our paint and body teams to work their magic on the modern sports car.

The Boxster has got some very minor stone chipping and a few blemishes in its otherwise flawless paintwork which the team will be addressing.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 2013 Porsche Boxster.

Stopping Power – Freeing the Brakes and Replacing the Handbrake Shoe on the 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo

The restoration workshop at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on freeing and fixing the brakes on the 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo.

The car had a concern of the front nearside brake binding on while driving. The team stripped back the calliper and freed it loose. From there, the team inspected the rest of the brakes and began work on the handbrake of the classic Porsche.

Upon inspection, the team found the handbrake shoes were in need of replacement so a new set was ordered and fitted then adjusted to spec.

All Present and Correct – Fixing the Front Spot Lights and Heater Valve on the 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on sorting out a few electrical issues with the 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo.

The team first began with wiring in the front spot lights. This involved an in-depth pin grip and continuity testing through both the dash and bay harness to find why the front spot lights weren’t working correctly. After some wiring repairs and securing the necessary wiring from the lights to the switch, all worked perfectly and allowed the team to move onto the larger job at hand.

One of the concerns for the car was the heater valve and its controls working incorrectly. For this, our technician Jon removed the entire heater valve from the car in order to inspect it for any faults and its operation. The valve itself worked but on the interior panel, the controller for the heater had fallen into the dash itself from behind. Once this had been carefully pulled through from the dash, the team discovered it had seized and was in need of repair.

After this had been carried out, the team retested and got the heater system working just as it should.

Pre-clean – 1985 Porsche 911 Prepared for Wash

The beautiful 1985 Porsche 911 in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop has gotten a whole lot more beautiful over the weekend as it had its full valet carried out.

The classic air-cooled Porsche was prepped and readied for the valet by our restoration team ahead of the work starting. So, we thought we would show you a few before photos of the classic 911 still with road grime and dust.

Keep an eye out for the after photos on the stunning 1985 Porsche 911 very soon on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Behind the Scenes – Photoshoot with the 1990 Porsche 944 Turbo

The beautiful and mechanically superb 1990 Porsche 944 Turbo has been fully inspected, tested and assessed by the restoration workshop at Bridge Classic Cars. And, with a clean bill of health, it was time for the car to head out for its photoshoot.

The team took the 944 Turbo to our secure vehicle storage facility, The Hangar, to begin the shoot of the iconic 1990s GT car. This 944, is not like others. With a beautifully upgraded and rebuilt 2.5 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, it now makes 320BHP and 380lbs/ft of torque! A serious jump in performance is complemented with upgraded running gear, brakes and suspension to make the car more usable and reliable.

The car is finished in quintessential Guards Red with black interior, and the bodywork along with its interior looked stunning in the early spring sun. The noise from the beautifully built engine found any stiff surface to bounce off and find its way back to the joy of the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions team. The car and the experience it gave was addictive.

And now, we want you to experience this car for yourself. The 1990 Porsche 944 Turbo is the latest classic car on offer from Bridge Classic Cars launching today!

Head over to the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website to enter this unique opportunity to be the lucky new owner of this wonderful classic GT/sports car.

This Just In – 1985 Porsche 911

Today, the Bridge Classic Cars workshop team at our Suffolk restoration HQ welcomed this beautiful 1985 Porsche 911SC.

The car, finished in black with a black/red interior, will go through our various restoration teams in order to be completely inspected and assessed to then compile their report on the mechanical and aesthetic condition of this classic aircooled Porsche.

Keep an eye out here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 1985 Porsche 911.

This Just In – 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo

The restoration workshops at Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have welcomed this amazing 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo for our restoration teams to carry out some work on the classic sports car.

The car’s main reason for coming in is for an engine rebuild. The engine will be carefully inspected and assessed by the team and put together their report on the overall health and condition of the engine.

Along with that, the team have been asked to look into the fuel system, brakes, coolant system, intakes and suspension.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on this fantastic 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo.

Mirror Image – 1965 Porsche 912 First Polish

The 1965 Porsche 912 has just had its first polishing session completed by the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint team. With it in such great shape, we thought we would pull it outside and get some photos of just how good the Polo Red paintwork looks in the light.

Alan, one of our paint technicians, has been hard at work getting the glorious red paint inside and out to look absolutely perfect. Through several rounds of colour sanding and polishing, the body of this classic Porsche looks incredible. And, there are still a couple more rounds of polishing to go!

Keep a lookout on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the beautiful 1965 Porsche 912 very soon.

Prepped and Ready – Painting the Bumpers and Interior of the 1965 Porsche 912

The bodyshell and bumpers for the 1965 Porsche 912 have gone back into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop to be finished in matching Polo Red.

The bumpers have been finished in the same paint texture as the exterior of the body and will be lacquered and polished along with the body. The interior of the classic Porsche along with the front bonnet and rear engine bay will be finished in a heavy-duty coating called RaptorGuard.

The bumpers were first and were shot in the stunning, bright and vibrant red and once dried, taken out into the preparation area to cure.

The bodyshell was then taken into the paint booth to be primed and then shot in tinted raptor-guarded. Alan, one of our painters, worked on preparing the bodyshell to be finished in the heavy-duty coating. Once the primer had flashed off, Alan could begin to lay on the raptor-guard into the shell.

This Just In – 1990 Porsche 944 Turbo

This beautiful 1990 Porsche 944 Turbo has just arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in Suffolk.

The classic Porsche will be inspected and assessed by the restoration teams at our Pettistree HQ to see if this beautiful red with black interior Porsche needs anything to be done on the car.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on this wonderful 944 Turbo.

Built-Up – 1965 Porsche 912 in High Build Primer

The 1965 Porsche 912 in with the paint and body team at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ has had the majority of its part now sprayed in the final stage of primer.

Alan has been working on the classic Porsche to completely overhaul the car’s bodywork. After several rounds of sanding, priming, resanding and so on the 912 is looking incredible. The majority of the parts, panels and the bodyshell have been in the spray booth to receive its final coats of primer.

The car has been shot in an even and crucial layer of high-build primer before the paint team lay down the first coats of colour on this beautiful classic Porsche.

Preparation – Panels from the 1965 Porsche 912 for Final Primer

The technicians in the Bridge Classic Cars body shop have been preparing the panels and pieces from the 1965 Porsche 912 to have their final coats of finish primer laid.

Alan has been working on the pieces for the classic Porsche to get them looking perfect before the finishing primer is sprayed on in preparation for the final colour coat very soon. Hours have gone into getting even the inside of the door jams perfectly shaped for the car and also to address historic repairs done to the Porsche throughout its life on both the door and decklid.

With these both now in perfect shape, Alan can begin the cleaning process before they head into our in-house paint booth.

Second Coat – 1965 Porsche 912 Parts in Primer

Some of the panels and pieces from the 1965 Porsche 912 have been into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth for their first coats of primer.

Alan has been working on getting these panels ready for the polyester primer in the previous days which has involved hours of careful sanding and reworking of the metal. Now, it was time for the panels to go in for the first round of primer for the classic Porsche.

Now with the panels currently curing in the paint shop, Alan will begin getting the other parts of the 912 ready to go into the paint booth.

Filler Work – Body Work Continues on the 1965 Porsche 912

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on getting the body of the 1965 Porsche 912 currently in with us absolutely perfect before it goes into the paint booth.

Alan has been working on getting each and every panel just right with hours of sanding and manipulating each piece. One of the front wings had shown evidence of repairs in the past which had changed the shape of the panel quite drastically, so Alan removed this from the car and went through the process of shrinking the metal in very specific places along the panel to get it to fall back into the correct shape.

With that process completed, he could then begin refining the filler work needed to smooth out any surfaces on the classic Porsche.

Making Moves – Bodywork Begins on the 1965 Porsche 912

Alan, one of our paint and body experts at Bridge Classic Cars, has begun to refine and shape the bodywork of the 1965 Porsche 912 for our team to finish the body and paintwork on the car.

After the car came out of our in-house spray booth, it was moved into our new prep area to begin filler work and sanding. Alan mixed up the body filler to be put onto the car, but 99% of this will be removed from the car. It’s used as a guide more than anything.

Firstly, Alan sanded down the primer on the car to reveal any low spots on the panels which will need attention with the filler or by working the metal.

Then, it is hours of sanding and finishing the panels before the whole sequence begins again to ensure that this incredible air-cooled 912 to be perfect.