The highly skilled bonnet team at BMH with a completed example – L to R Tom Sandalls, Thomas Corfield, Dave Jeffs and Alan Stacey
Classic Cars

BMH Helping Jaguar E-Type Reach 60th Birthday

Jaguar enthusiasts will be well aware that the incomparable E-Type is 60 years old this year, a fact being joyfully celebrated the world over. Though BMH is globally renowned for the replacement panels it manufactures for the classic Mini and MGB etc, it is less well-known as the producer of bonnets for Series 1, 2, and 3 E-Types. […]

Record Seeking Bloodhound LSR Project Up For Sale
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Record Seeking Bloodhound LSR Project Up For Sale

In sad news for speed record fans, The Bloodhound Land Speed Record project has announced that it is looking for a new owner to take the team through to setting a new World Land Speed Record in 2022. The future of the UK based project who’s quest is to set a new land speed record of 1,000 miles per hour, is now in question. […]

Haynes MGB Automotive Repair Manual Cover
Articles

No More Printed Haynes Manuals

In another sign that our hobby is continually changing, Haynes Publishing announced that it will cease printing all new manuals. New manuals will be available online only. Manuals that already exist will still be printed and published physically. But, who knows for how long? […]

Land Rover Discovery - A classic worth restoring
Highlights

Is Restoring That Classic Car Worth It?

Hagerty UK, the folks best known for classic car insurance, regularly and continually monitors the classic car market and provides insight to the community. Its latest report asks which classic cars are the most financially viable for restoring. […]

Moss Motors To Acquire Victoria British
Corporate Business

Moss Motors To Acquire Victoria British

After more than 30 years, Victoria British Ltd., a division of Long Motor Corporation, has decided to pass the baton to Moss Motors Ltd. (Moss Motors) to carry on the tradition of supplying car parts and accessories for British car owners around the world. […]

JUE 477 The remarkable history and restoration of the worlds first production Land Rover 2
Land Rover

Remarkable History and Restoration of First Land-Rover

There is a new book coming out from Porter Press tells the unlikely story of the world’s first production Land-Rover, chassis number 860001, a vehicle of historic significance which was hidden away in decaying condition for almost four decades. The book is titled JUE 477: The Remarkable History and Restoration of the World’s First Production Land Rover and was written by Martin Port. […]

Tim Griffin (left) Nigel Woodward (right) with the Bulldog
Aston Martin

Aston Martin Bulldog to be Restored by CMC

A British icon that was designed by Aston Martin in the late 1970’s to show off the capabilities of its new engineering facility is to be restored by CMC, Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth. The Aston Martin Bulldog, styled by William Towns, is a one off concept car that Aston Martin created to prove that it was not only a small company of renowned motoring artisans but that it’s engineering prowess was also world class.

Evolution E-Types Launch Exclusive ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ Interview 2
Classic Cars

Evolution E-Types Launch Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Interview

Evolution E-Types has launched an exclusive behind the scenes interview with the Evolution creator Uryk Dmyterko ahead of their showcase at the forthcoming London Classic Car Show. Evolution E-Types creator Uryk Dmyterko explains how a combination of passion and determination has evolved his successful parts supply business into building the ultimate Jaguar E-Type where quality has been redefined to another level.

TEX TRADEMARK - Fakes Cause Decline in Production of Genuine Parts
Classic Cars

Fakes Cause Decline in Sales of Tex Genuine Parts

Tex has a long and distinguished history as the supplier of wiper arms, wiper blades and rearview mirrors to the British motor industry, but sales of the latter have declined steeply in the last 12 months, owing to an influx of cheap foreign copies. Since 2008, Tex Automotive has been a wholly owned subsidiary of British Motor Heritage (BMH), whose Managing Director John Yea has this warning for the classic car fraternity: Examination of these fake products reveals they are of less robust quality and the glass is not ‘E’ marked, meaning the optical properties will not meet the legislative standard that existed when such items were originally manufactured. Yet more concerning is the discovery that some unscrupulous traders are passing them off as the genuine article – something we have proved through a dedicated ‘mystery shopping’ campaign. Needless to […]

Abingdon Spares Acquires Restoration Decals
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Abingdon Spares Acquires Restoration Decals

Abingdon Spares is happy to announce that they have recently acquired Restoration Decal, the vintage decal enterprise of the well known automotive artist and illustrator David Townsend. Abingdon Spares is now your exclusive source for vintage decals for your British car restoration. These beautifully reproduced decals are printed in the most accurate colors and designs, printed on 3M ControlTac and laminated for durability, giving you years of excellent service. They are guaranteed to add that finishing touch to your project. Restoration Decals are accurate reproductions of labels and decals that are so often missing or damaged on older classics. Now you can complete the restoration of your classic MG, Austin Healey, Triumph, Jaguar and many other classic British automobiles with these exact replicas of the factory installed decals. You can see all the decals that are available at on the […]

MK1 MINI BODYSHELL
Classic Cars

BMH Mk 1 Mini Bodyshell Demand Exceeding Expectations

That there was a pent-up demand for a replacement MK1 Mini bodyshell was not in doubt, but British Motor Heritage (BMH) has nevertheless been stunned at the scale of orders since first displaying its prototype shell at the 2016 NEC Classic Motor Show. Dramatically rising values are at the heart of the demand Commented BMH’s Managing Director John Yea: A few years back, though values of good Mini-Coopers were climbing steadily, the limited worth of their 850 cousins made comprehensive restorations hard to justify. The picture is now very different, and enthusiasts are busy rejuvenating all versions of Issisgonis’ immortal baby at an ever-increasing rate. As a result we are constantly having to raise our production targets, and that’s without taking into account the shells we are creating for David Brown Automotive’s impressive Mini Remastered programme. At just £9,950 inc. […]

Tom Jamieson - New Appointments at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley
Classic Cars

New Appointments at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley

William Medcalf continues to expand his vintage Bentley business beyond the realms of most classic car specialists. Not only is William Medcalf Vintage Bentley the world leader in the sales, service, restoration and rally preparation of any vintage Bentley model, the company also designs and manufactures hundreds of parts lines from its West Sussex HQ. Under the name of Benchmark Precision Engineering, Medcalf designs and fabricates a number of parts in-house using the latest CadCam technology and 3D printing methods. By doing this, William can personally engineer out known issues, making strong, usable components that follow the ethos of WO Bentley while ensuring modern tolerances and, crucially, retaining originality.

E Type UK Bodyshop 2
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E-Type UK Opens New Bodyshop in Kent

E-Type UK – one of the leading authorities for all things Jaguar E-Type – has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art bodyshop at its Kent headquarters to bring all operations in-house and ensuring every demand can be met to the highest standards. The Hadlow-based company identified the need to have a fully-fledged bodyshop on site to ensure it delivers the very best service in one place. To accommodate the expansion, the decision was taken to move the showroom to an adjoining building which allowed more cars to be displayed. Later this year work will commence to further redevelop the showroom area in order to enhance the customer experience.

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Classic Cars

Joe Curto on SU Carburetors at Abingdon Spares

Abingdon Spares will be hosting British Carburetor expert Joe Curto on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Joe is known nationally as well as internationally as an authority on SU carburetors. Joe will be at the Abingdon Spares shop in Deep River, Connecticut, for an informal presentation on SU carbs of all types. There will be a particular emphasis on the SU carburetors used on post-war MGs. Joe will explain the how’s and why’s of British carburetion. He will also provide tips on carburetor maintenance and tuning, as well as information on the do’s and don’ts of modifying your current setup. There will, of course, be lots of time for questions and answers from the audience. Joe is well known for his guidance and advice to both the expert and the bewildered MG owner on the subject of SUs. Mark your calendars now for […]

Abingdon Spares - MGB front grill
MG

Abingdon Spares Now Serving MGB Owners

We have received an announcement that Abingdon Spares, founded in 1968 and the world’s largest MG T-series parts specialist, is adding MGB parts to their ever-expanding catalog of MG parts. Ed Cooke of Abingdon reports that many of their customers have multiple MGs, and MGB seems to be the most popular second MG model. We will be sourcing many of the MGB parts from our existing T-Series suppliers. For convenience, we will be using the Moss part numbering system as it has become the industry standard. We will be offering some Moss products but at a discount. We will be sourcing parts from many suppliers for the best value. We will not be printing a catalog for MGB parts, our complete line of MGB parts is featured on our website. — Ed Cooke The MG T-series will continue to be Abingdon Spares […]

VotW - How a Heritage MGB Door is Made
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VotW – How a Heritage MGB Door is Made

In this video we go behind the scenes at British Motor Heritage Limited, to show you the processes of manufacturing an MGB door. I knew that there were multiple layers of an MGB door but never realized how much actually goes into it. The way these reproduction doors are made in the video is exactly the same way they were made by the factory back in the day.

XKs Unlimited Acquired By Moss Motors
Corporate Business

XKs Unlimited Acquired By Moss Motors

Moss Motors, Ltd. has announced the acquisition of well-known Jaguar parts specialists, XKs Unlimited of San Luis Obispo, CA. XKs Unlimited specializes in parts for a wide range of Jaguars including the iconic and desirable Jaguar XKs and E-Types. Serving the Jaguar enthusiasts since 1973, XKs Unlimited has always prided itself on its selection of parts, great customer service and dedication to the Jaguar community. This legacy of commitment to supplying Jaguar owners with the parts they need to restore and maintain their classic cats will now continue with the support and guidance of Moss Motor’s nearly 70 years of experience in the British car parts and restoration business.

1937 ASTON MARTIN 15:98 SHORT-CHASSIS DROPHEAD COUPE
Aston Martin

1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Short-Chassis Drophead Coupe by Abbott

Autosport Designs, Inc. is excited to offer this rare, fully restored 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Short-Chassis Drophead Coupe.  In the 1930s, Aston Martin’s signature 1.5-liter endurance sports racers continually evolved and gained great success, taking the team prize in the 1934 Tourist Trophy race in Ulster and finishing in an impressive 3rd place at the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans. From this success, Aston Martin looked to broaden its customer base and develop a more versatile offering for the company’s next generation of cars. Initially launched in 1936 as a four-seat tourer, Aston Martin prepared a shorter 15/98 short chassis.