VW beetle

Home At Last

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately known as Delilah, is back home with her very pleased owner. After spending quite a while in the Bridge Classic

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A Very Happy Reunion

Today was a big day as the owner of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately known as Delilah, was reunited with her car after its time

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Progress Continues

Classic car technician James has continued to make great progress in getting our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle ready to leave the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and

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Coming To The End

Brian and Lydia have been hard at work and making good progress on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle as it moves towards the end of its

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The Rebuild Begins

Delilah, our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has been in the care of classic car technician Chris as he begins the job of putting it back together.

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Painting Our Beetle

Chris has been painting our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle as it continues its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop. Now that it has been

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More Final Primer

Classic car technician Chris has been applying final primer to the rest of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle. Our classic Beetle is making good progress through

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Final Primer

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has continued its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. All of its body panels have now been into final primer

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Filler Work Complete

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has had all of its filler work completed by classic car technician Chris who has also sorted the panel gaps too.

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Door Repairs

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has been going through quite a transformation as of late. Recently, classic car technician Chris has been doing some repair work

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Beetle Service

This charming Beetle came into us due to a breakdown caused by a condenser wire rubbing against the body and causing issues with the distributor.

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Beetle Brakes

Our lovely 1974 Beetle has come in for some TLC. We’ve fitted new wheel cylinders and bled the brakes as well as stripping the brakes

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Friday Snapshot

Ford Escort RS Turbo Photoshoot On Monday shot the 1988 Ford Escort RS Turbo with our friend and talented model, Carnell Cook at Bentwaters. We

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New Arrivals

We’ve recently welcomed a 1994 Land Rover – Range Rover TDI into the Bridge Classic Car family. There’s a lot of work to do on

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Coming Soon

We’ve got a number of new cars gracing our workshop soon. Keep an eye out on our social media pages and website for their grand

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Home At Last

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately known as Delilah, is back home with her very pleased owner.

After spending quite a while in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, this classic Beetle is now back where it belongs.

A Very Happy Reunion

Today was a big day as the owner of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately known as Delilah, was reunited with her car after its time here at Bridge Classic Cars came to an end.

Delilah looked incredible in her very special, roped-off area of The Atelier. Her paint shone under the lights and the full scope of the work completed by the workshop team was clear to see. The restoration of this classic Beetle took several months but, as you can see from the photos below, it was well worth the wait to see it in its finished state and ready to go home.

Since entering the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our 1974 Beetle has been stripped, had areas of rust repaired, it has been repainted, rebuilt, a new interior fitted, and lots of other tasks that have brought the car back to its former glory.

Gordon spent some time going through all the changes made and was very proud to show off the work of our team.

In a few days, we will deliver the car back to its owner and, although we will be sad to see it go, we are all very excited to see Delilah back home and ready for many more years on the road!

Final Look – Photo Shoot with our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle 1303

As our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle nears the end of its restoration, with only a few small bits to do, we though we would take it into the Atelier and set up a photo shoot for the car before it leaves our Suffolk HQ to head back home to its excited owner.

‘Delilah’, as the car is affectionately known, came to us at the beginning of 2023 to begin its restoration journey. This wonderful piece of automotive sentiment has received the love and car from each and every department here at our Suffolk HQ like any of our restorations to make sure that we deliver a car which will last well into prosperity for its owner to enjoy and Delilah is one of those. The team have also tried to preserve her unique and personal history with the retention of the window stickers and other original pieces which make ‘Delilah’ a one-off to her owner.

From the sympathetic and careful metalwork done by Chris and Monty in the fabrication shop, to the fastidious and meticulous preparation and execution of Chris, Alan and Mauro in the paint department. Brian and Lydia turning their expert skills and attention to detail on the bespoke cream leather interior and handmade roof in the trim workshop all the way down to James getting the engine set up to run just how it should, Little Jon working on getting each system working correctly in the cabin and Big John installing the wonderfully subtle RetroSounds stereo unit into the original dash. Each department has proudly worked on Delilah to bring her back to life and back to being able to be enjoyed by her owner for many many years to come.

Now, it was up to me to try and capture in photos what the team here at Bridge Classic Cars have worked so hard on over the past 11 months – I hope I managed to show just how beautiful this Beetle turned out from the talented and skilled work our amazing team have put into this classic Volkswagen.

Take a look at the full gallery here:

Final stages of our Beetle rebuild

Jon is going through the final few tasks on our VW Beetle before we can take the car back home within the next couple of weeks.

Volkswagen Beetle Quality Control

Final stages of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle restoration and Jon is giving the car a thorough assessment to make notes of all aspects of the refit that require attention.

His findings will be reported to the individual departments or he will look to carry out the work himself.

Jon has already attended to the rear opening quarter windows. He has adjusted the rubber seals to allow offside to close fully and space out nearside rubber seal to allow window to seal gap.

The lights and levels have been checked and he has confirmed the operation of the fuel gauge by adding 20ltrs petrol. The door catches have been adjusted, fitted rubber blocks to the B pillars to seal gap at the door to window edge. The bonnet catches have been adjusted.

The paint-shop have touched up chips in the paintwork.

Grommets have been fitted to all A and B pillar holes.

The operation of the washers have been checked, the exhaust heat exchange pipes and tailpipes have been tightened Jon has eliminated the slight vibration/rattle at certain resonance.

We have checked for oil leak and found a slight drip from rear main/gearbox area. Oil quite dark but engine oil is fresh and clear so we suspect a minor gearbox oil leak.

Progress Continues

Classic car technician James has continued to make great progress in getting our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle ready to leave the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and head home to its owner.

The door pin switches were replaced to ensure the interior lamp works when the doors are opened and a new bumper trim was fitted to the front, along with the external door mirrors (both sides). A new quarter light catch was fitted to the driver’s side front window, then both front wheel bearings were replaced.

Both front wheels and brake callipers were removed and the discs and bearings were taken off. It looked like the bearings had been replaced before, but the outer races were not in good condition. They were knocked out and new inner and outer bearings fitted, they were greased and refitted along with the brakes and wheels.

James also fitted new front seat belts and stalks. There are only a few minor jobs left to address before Delilah goes home.

Coming To The End

Brian and Lydia have been hard at work and making good progress on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle as it moves towards the end of its time in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Once the headliner was installed, foam was glued to the rear bar before the wires for the heated rear window were fitted. The roof material was then put on and tension wire was fitted.

The hole for the rear window was cut out and rubber seals were put in all of the windows. New seatbelts have been ordered as the ones that were in the car did not match. Once the rear carpet was fitted, all of the seats were put back into the car. Now that this project is gradually coming to a conclusion, it’s great to see it looking as good as it does.

The Rebuild Begins

Delilah, our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has been in the care of classic car technician Chris as he begins the job of putting it back together.

After having some repair work completed and being painted, Delilah is now coming towards the end of her time in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and we are very excited to see her return home to her owner very soon.

Ready To Go Back Together

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle is coming to the end of its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop. Before it leaves though, Chris has been finishing the painting of our classic Beetle known as Delilah.

After it came out of the paint booth and Chris had worked his magic, you can see from the photos below that the new coat of paint has made the already beautiful Beetle even more eye-catching.

We are certainly looking forward to seeing Delilah continue on her restoration journey with us and seeing her eventually go back home to her owner.

Painting Our Beetle

Chris has been painting our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle as it continues its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop.

Now that it has been re-painted, our classic Beetle is looking great and will soon be moving on to the next stage of its restoration.

More Final Primer

Classic car technician Chris has been applying final primer to the rest of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle.

Our classic Beetle is making good progress through its restoration journey and it hopefully won’t be too much longer before, Delilah, as it is affectionately known, is returned to its owner.

Final Primer

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has continued its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. All of its body panels have now been into final primer and the rest of the car has had its guide coat applied ready to be rubbed down in preparation for final primer to be applied to this too.

Filler Work Complete

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has had all of its filler work completed by classic car technician Chris who has also sorted the panel gaps too.

Chris also had the polyfan primer applied to our classic beetle too. The polyfan was applied to the car’s body and was in the booth with its doors, bonnet, and wheel arches.

Putting Our Beetle Back Together

After being primed a little while ago, classic car technician Mauro has put the panels back on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle.

More prep work will continue before our Beetle goes back into the paint booth for a new coat of paint.

Affectionately known as Delilah by its owner, we are very much looking forward to seeing our classic Beetle leave the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and return to its owner very soon.

Door Repairs

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has been going through quite a transformation as of late. Recently, classic car technician Chris has been doing some repair work on one of the doors.

Since arriving in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our Beetle (Delilah) has been stripped of many of her components and some of her paint. This is all to bring one of the most popular cars of all time back to life.

As work continues on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, we are looking forward to seeing it continue making good progress.

Paint Stripping And Rust Repair

The paint on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle has been stripped of some of its paint so that Chris and the rest of the paintshop team can resolve some of the vehicle’s rust issues.

Some parts were also sandblasted and prepped ready for their coat of epoxy primer.

Affectionately known as Delilah by its owner, our Beetle has been getting lots of attention lately. With the rust repairs still ongoing, progress continues to be made in bringing this beautiful car back to all of its former glory.

Taking Our Beetle Apart

One of the most popular cars of all time, our Volkswagen Beetle is a car you will likely see on a regular basis while out driving. However, what you probably won’t see is a VW Beetle that has been stripped of most of its interior and a good chunk of its body too.

If you are in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop though, that’s exactly what you will see as our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle is currently being stripped by classic car technician Chris.

While stripping our Beetle, Chris made some repairs to the bonnet and the front bumper mount.

The owner of our Beetle calls her Delilah because of the 3 Ys at the beginning of the number plate. Delilah is set to have quite a bit of work completed during her time in the workshop and the strip-down is the first stage of the process.

A New Arrival – 1974 Volkswagen Beetle

The newest arrival has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and it is our beautiful Volkswagen Beetle.

Affectionately known as Delilah (thanks to the first part of the number plate), this iconic and extremely popular car has come to us for a full restoration.

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars will look after Delilah until she is ready to be returned to her owner looking better than ever.

New on MyClassics.co.uk – 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

Perhaps one of the most recognisable cars out there, the Volkswagen Beetle is something of an icon selling more than 20 million units over its 80-year run.

Recently listed on MyClassics.co.uk is a 1967 VW Beetle in rubinrot red.

The current owner has had this classic car stored in their garage for the last couple of years but says it still runs, although it could benefit from some cosmetic work.

More information about the car can be seen here.

Beetle Service

This charming Beetle came into us due to a breakdown caused by a condenser wire rubbing against the body and causing issues with the distributor. Ady is attending to the engine problem whilst Mauro carries out a service.

Basil The Beetle Broken Down At Bentwaters

This poor little 1972 Volkswagen Beetle named Basil broke down last week and was brought to our hanger on RAF Bentwaters to be stored until it comes into the workshop to be fixed.

We have now transported the car over to our workshops for work to commence.

Beetle Brakes

Our lovely 1974 Beetle has come in for some TLC. We’ve fitted new wheel cylinders and bled the brakes as well as stripping the brakes and replacing the parts so that it now stops more efficiently. Paul has also replaced the hydraulic wheel cylinders on all four wheels and fitted a carburettor inlet manifold rubber seal.

Friday Snapshot

Ford Escort RS Turbo Photoshoot

On Monday shot the 1988 Ford Escort RS Turbo with our friend and talented model, Carnell Cook at Bentwaters. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as it managed to stay dry and clear throughout the afternoon and with the addition of some artistic smoke grenades, our marketing team shot some stunning visuals. You’ll begin to see the photos and videos appear throughout our social media pages.

New Mustang In The Stable

This beautiful 5 litre 2015 Mustang GT is the newest addition to our Hanger storage collection. We’re looking after this customers car for the winter so it’ll be tucked away as part of our storage services. It really is a stunning modern car.

New Arrivals

This week we’ve welcomed a selection of new vehicles into the Bridge Classic Car family including the 1974 Lime Green VW Beetle, the 1994 Land Rover Range Rover TDI, our new Mercedes transportation lorry and an original Chevron B-20. The Range Rover and Beetle are set to be competition cars however we are yet to decide the fate of our exciting and rare Chevron.

Competition Winner Delivery

This week we also delivered the Triumph TR4 to the lucky winner Adrian Harcus and wife, Aileen, in Aberdeen. We’re excited to see what plans they have for their new TR4!

Chrome parts and guest cars

Our friend and trust chrome specialist visited Bridge Classics HQ today to drop off some beautifully crafted chrome pieces for our recent blue Jaguar E-Type series 3. Tony Wyatt from his self titled polishing company works on providing us with the best and shiniest chrome parts for our restorations. Today when we arrived, we came in his stunning 3 litre Rover which itself has his handiwork on the front.

New Arrivals

We’ve recently welcomed a 1994 Land Rover – Range Rover TDI into the Bridge Classic Car family. There’s a lot of work to do on it, such as fitting interior, refurbishing the ceiling cloth, repainting and servicing just to start!

We’re mulling over what colour we’d like to paint our new Range Rover but its likely to stick with the blue theme.

Once this work is finished, we have a decision to make… competition car? or re-sale? Stay tuned!

We teased this 1974 Lime Green VW Beetle when we bought it and after a long drive down from Buckie, Scotland, it’s now safely tucked up in our Hanger, ready to be photographed and launched very soon!