Click to view: News Update 7th of February 2016

You may recall our restoration of the ex-Eric Morecambe Jensen Interceptor back in late 2015. It appears as though the car is already beginning to attract attention in the press as demonstrated by this piece in the Sunday times on the 7th of February:

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – Feb 2016

With 2016 gaining momentum and cars beginning to emerge from customer’s garages after a bleak and heavily salted winter, things are ramping up here at Cropredy Bridge. Car sales Car sales are seeing a big upturn with many Interceptors changing hands before we have the chance to list them on our website. As a side note, it’s always worth a phone call to us if you’re looking for a particular car as they come and go with increasing pace. With the rise in values, we’re also glad to see that the Interceptor still maintains its wide and classless appeal. A machine which is always guaranteed to elicit a great reaction, interest in this car has great momentum. Workshop and restorations This time of year traditionally sees owners of classic cars put them to the top of the to do list in advance of lighter…

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – Jan 2016

As 2016 begins here at Cropredy Bridge, we’ve taken a brief look back at a busy twelve months which has seen sales cars come and go along with major and minor restorations taking place. Our main focus though as ever, is moving forward and planning for 2016. FJH 5G One of the most significant restorations of 2015 has been that of the Ex-Eric Morecambe Interceptor MK1. The client brought this car to us and wanted it returned to its former glory. As with many projects, the full scale of the work required to do the car justice wasn’t revealed until we got under the ‘skin’. Substantial structural work was required which raises the issue of originality.  We feel that one of the most important factors when it comes to restoring cars no matter what their history, is to maintain as much originality and integrity…

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – Nov 13

It’s all about FF again We don’t know whether the sudden craze about Jensen FFs may be due to the sheer rarity of the model, its futuristic (at the time) layout or the fact that James Bond shuns the DB5 in the Jensen FF’s favour, in the latest published 007 novel, ‘Solo’. All we know is that it is a privilege to work on, and have a role in protecting and restoring history: we are working on a Mk3 FF’s gearbox at the moment. As it is one of only 15 ever produced, it brings home the reality of Cropredy Bridge’s contribution to ensuring that the Jensen marque lives on… and changes gears even better. From Harrogate, with love  We spent some time with a couple who are keen to have their much-loved Mk2 Jensen Interceptor looked after. They come from Harrogate and their…

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – Oct 13

No rest for the wicked Autumn is in full swing, and usually this is the time when most classic car owners put their car away, waiting for better weather. Yet, here at Cropredy Bridge we are busy putting together bespoke reports and individual advice for four new restoration projects: three Interceptors and one Healey GT need our help and expertise to be brought back to former glory. Talking about the Jensen Healey GT, our resident Jensen expert Bob Cherry has the perfect memory: THAT 1976 summer, when he sold a (then) brand-new Healey GT to a hairdresser for £2,000. It is interesting to note that, in the Seventies, £6k/£7k would have bought a 3-bedroom house. The Jensen Interceptor was within that price range, making it on a par with the Astons of its time. The Healey GT is rare, and a crafty way –…

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – Sept 13

Newsletter – Sept 2013 CROPREDY BRIDGE OPEN DAY – 21st September We have now confirmed the 2013 Open Day for the 21st September, between 10am – 4pm. To celebrate Cropredy Bridge’s 41st Anniversary, you are invited to attend our annual Open Day. Food and drinks will be provided whilst you are free to tour around our workshops to see all the Jensen cars currently being worked on. We always get a strong turnout for this event and great support from the Jensen Owners Club (http://www.joc.org.uk) Please feel free to bring your family, friends and dont forget your Jensen (if you own one). See you all there on the day.  For directions please look on our website or call 01295 758159. http://www.cropredybridge.com We keep FF-ing A couple of important projects are keeping Cropredy Bridge very busy at the end of this summer: the Jensen FF…

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – May 13

Spring is well under way. This is a traditional time when nature awakens and people replace New Year resolutions with more sensible plans: once the last of the bad weather leaves the UK (!) it is also time to get your classic car out of the garage and onto the road. Cropredy Bridge’s bookings for routine servicing and maintenance are up, and we are working on some 20 Interceptors in our workshops at the moment. An Overview of the Classic Car Markets Florida: the 14 most expensive classic cars were sold at the Amelia Island in March, during the Concours d’Elegance weekend which takes place there every year. Of the top ten, six were Ferraris but second and fourth place were taken by British cars: a 1928 Bentley 4 ½ litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer in great condition had an estimate of £1.33m/£1.66m but sold…

Cropredy Bridge Newsletter – April 13

An alternative hero: Spencer Haze First, however, it is our pleasure to introduce you to our staunchest supporter: the cool, inimitable and very famous Spencer Haze, a perfectly ‘human’ hero from the  ‘70s created by James Ruppert, and whose adventures are peppered by the use of a fast Jensen FF. Award-winning cartoon character Spencer Haze with his sideburns and Cuba heels is to feature in our advertising campaigns, posters, straplines and website. Like the fast Jensens of the Seventies, Spencer is unique, daring and dashing. He may never need restoration at Cropredy Bridge, but it is of the same age as our business, and inspired by the same spirit. FF Galore As most of you will know, just 320 Jensen FFs were made during a five-year period (1966-1971). Allowing for the inevitable losses over the last forty years, it is a remarkable coincidence that…

Spencer Haze – Jensen FF Owner, dealer and fixer…..

Cropredy Bridge welcomes its own Seventies’ hero: meet Spencer Haze, Jensen FF owner, dealer and fixer, back from 1973’s deep freeze Renown consumer journalist, TV broadcaster and artist James Ruppert (Bangernomics, Autocar, The Independent, London Evening Standard) has teamed up with Jensen Centre of Excellence, Cropredy Bridge, to unleash the only automotive-focused, time-travelling, cartoon character ‘Spencer Haze’: real, ordinary hero Spencer Haze drives a fast Jensen FF, fights crime, enjoys adventures in a uniquely 1970s style, and of course lets Cropredy Bridge take care of his Jensen. Perhaps Spencer’s own Jensen FF is one of the four FFs (the all-wheel-drive version of the famous Interceptor) currently at Cropredy Bridge’s workshops being serviced, maintained or undergoing full restoration. With only 320 FFs ever built during a five-year period (1966-1971) and allowing for the inevitable losses over the years, to find four of them at Cropredy…