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Bradley James Classic Vehicles

Unit 5 Quidhampton Business Park Quidhampton Nr Overton Hampshire

RG25 3EB

Bradley James Classic Vehicles

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  • When the time came to replace the ever popular J2 in BMC’s Commercial range, the replacement was none other than the striking 250JU. If you are not already familiar with these wonderful vehicles, the layout is a “forward control” in that the actual cab of the vehicle sits on top of the engine (which made it s jolly cosy place to be in the winter months when these were out on the roads earning their keep at the time!). The then renowned B Series 1.6 engine was carried over and used to good ...

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  • In 1997 Mercedes launched their CLK Range of Coupes and Convertibles to a very eager and appreciative press and public. The designers at Stuttgart had once more produced a super sleek and elegant format which was based bodily on the E-Class series of saloons but mechanically underneath the skin was actually based on the smaller C-Class range. Mercedes had once more pulled off in the process an absolute masterstroke and buyers were soon queuing up in order for the dealers to relieve them of their ...

    137,000
    Hampshire
  • When the Jaguar E-Type was launched in 1961 it was unquestionably the most beautiful car that the motoring press had ever seen: a car that literally looked as though it was moving at 100mph standing still: a car that stopped people in their tracks. Subsequently every so often Jaguar has launched a new Sportscar, and given the context of its time and taking into consideration its rival manufacturers offerings, has largely the same affect. For example the XJS, the original XK8, and most definitely ...

    Hampshire
  • Please see our full walk round video on our website. By the time the Jaguar XJ6 had been launched in Late 1968, Jaguars saloon car range had expanded to some four separate models. The introduction of the new car was a bid to rationalise the range and replace all with one single model. A tall order but the company got the finished product just right and the end result was universally praised as an absolute masterpiece that really requires no introduction as its reputation as one of the worlds ...

    74,334
    Hampshire
  • Alliteration: that great quirk of our language that allows words of the same letter to form together in a descriptive manner, for example a Gorgeous Green Gallery, or a Fierce Fiery Fox. For Volvo this is also true (and it is a credit to them) that quintessentially one immediately things Big Boxy & Beautiful. This is certainly the case with the 850: Volvo’s gorgeous tour de force which single handedly wrote the term load lugger. The 850 was beautifully designed by Jan Wilsgaard and ran from ...

    116,000
    Hampshire
  • One wonders if, when Ford Launched the Cortina in 1962, anyone at the company could imagine just how successful the car would become. Initially launched to compete with similar sized offerings from Vauxhall BMC and Rootes with their Victor, Farina, and Hunter models, the car quickly surpassed all sales expectations and very early on Ford could see they had a smash on their production lines. The key to Cortina’s success lay in the fact that for the money it offered staggering value. Here was ...

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  • Rover had enjoyed an unrivalled success story with their R8 200 / 400 range of models that had ran from 1989 through to 1995 so finding a car that was going to take over the reigns was never going to be an easy task. With the outgoing model Rover had enjoyed a very healthy budget and had shipped the design aspect to an external design studio hence the cars crisp lines. This time around however the coffers were not quite so full hence the decision to design the new car (codenamed HHR) in house and ...

    38,000
    Hampshire
  • 1987 VW Polo MK2 CL Saloon Walk around video available on our website. The Polo was launched in 1975 in a response from VW to its competitors to have an up to date compact front wheel drive car to capitalise on this ever increasing market. Its purpose was to capture those whom wanted a small car but were not prepared to purchase the by now (although iconic!) aged Beetle. By the end of the decade 500,000 units had rolled out of the Wolfsburg factory making it a success, however if VW wanted ...

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  • Please see our website for a full walk round video 1994 MK5 Ford Escort 1.3 Van Where does one even begin to describe the Ford Escort? As British as a Cream Tea and as synonymous with the UK’s motoring history as the Mini. It was a universal success story from start to finish and production figures from every generation of Escort ran into numbers that were the envy of all other motor manufacturers. There cant be many people out there in 2020 that have not had their lives touched in some ...

    97,765
    Hampshire
  • The Austin A30 was unveiled to a much anticipating Public at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show (for the princely sum of £507!) and was a significant model in the companies history being one of the first models launched in the new post second World War era. It was billed as “The New Austin 7” (and certainly its tiny size was very 7 akin) and as a direct competitor to the still fresh at the time Morris Minor. The A30 featured beautifully curved styling by an in house design team and was of ...

    Hampshire
  • When BMC upgraded and vastly improved the B-Series Farina-styled cars in 1961, the Wolseley version received the same benefits and features. This involved lengthening the wheelbase, widening the wheel tracks and stiffening up the suspension to turn a rather narrow-tracked and very top heavy car into a more stable and upmarket machine. There was also the increase in engine capacity from 1,489cc to 1,622cc, and the arrival of the Borg-Warner automatic transmission as an optional extra if so desired. ...

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  • 1959 Was a landmark year for car design and launch all over the world seeing such greats as the 59 Cadillac launched Stateside whilst here in the UK we enjoyed the Mini’s birth, along with the 105E Anglia and of course the Triumph Herald. The Herald was a beautifully designed masterpiece from Italian designer Gionavi Michelotti which had a big task to do in replacing the successful stalwarts in the range that had seen the company thrive in the post war years. The car needed to be made available ...

    Hampshire
  • 1959 Was a landmark year for car design and launch all over the world seeing such greats as the 59 Cadillac launched Stateside whilst here in the UK we enjoyed the Mini’s birth, along with the 105E Anglia and of course the Triumph Herald. The Herald was a beautifully designed masterpiece from Italian designer Gionavi Michelotti which had a big task to do in replacing the successful stalwarts in the range that had seen the company thrive in the post war years. The car needed to be made available ...

    Hampshire
  • By the early 1970s, VW’s Karmann Ghia had been in production for a good number of years and, although a beautiful car in its own right, was looking decidedly dated, especially when you compared it to Fords runaway success story: the Capri. It was therefore decided that in order to remain competitive in this ever growing market segment, Volkswagen needed to come up with a new swish Coupe, and seeing the remarkable achievement Ford had found by utilising tried and tested underpinnings dressed up ...

    175,000
    Hampshire
  • After seeing the unimaginable instant success that Japanese manufacturer Mazda were enjoying with their still freshly launched MX5, BMW Senior Executives decided that they too would like to tap into the resurgent sportscar market and set to work to design their own little German masterpiece. It was decided to use the highly successful BMW E36 platform for the car and although its suspension setup was good, BMW decided to go with its predecessor's (E30) suspension setup as they felt it suited the ...

    118,000
    Hampshire
  • Mercedes W123 230E Occasionally a manufacturer will produce a car that is a roaring success in its home market and is very highly regarded and subsequently fondly remembered. Very occasionally, and perhaps only one or two vehicles in the history of motoring fall into this category, a manufacturer produces a car that is sold the world over and becomes a roaring success the world over. Exactly this can be said about the W123 Mercedes and it is still regarded by many, in many countries, even today, ...

    81,000
    Hampshire
  • 1994 BMW E36 318i Manual Saloon A full walk round video will be available soon on our main website. The BMW 3 series has always been an Icon, and has proved especially popular here in the UK. Its the car that single handedly built BMW’s exemplary reputation and is still to this day the companies most popular model outselling every other Compact Executive car in its class. When the E36 BMW was launched to an eager public in 1991 it had big boots to fill and a tough act to follow for ...

    70,000
    Hampshire
  • Please see our website for a full walk round video The MK2 Fiesta had done incredibly well for Ford throughout the 1980s using largely MK1 components and nothing more than slightly altered softer body panels and freshened up interior trim. However as the 80’s progressed it was clear to Ford that they would require an all new completely redeveloped car to take the company into the new dawn of the 1990s: if they were to stay the leader in the largest selling market segment then the replacement ...

    48,765
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  • Please visit our website to see a full walk round video. Please note the BJC1 plate is not included, rather an age related 1964 B suffix will be supplied. When Elbert Engel designed the 105E Anglia he used lots of American Styling cues and the finished result that was launched in September 1959 at the Earls Court Motor show was nothing short of a revelation, and of course the biggest talking point was that breathtaking reverse rake rear window treatment that the car will always be remembered ...

    71,675
    Hampshire
  • Ford Capri 2.8i Special 65k Miles - Remarkable Example Walk around video link below: http://www.youtube.com/v/oyuvqoLtN7g?version=3&hl=en&fs=0&rel=0&showinfo=0&autohide=1 This is a lovely rare Ford from 1985, low mileage and cared for wonderfully. The car has never been welded or messed with in any way over the years and is probably one of the most original and honest examples currently abvailable. The car was used for a trip to Le Mans last year and never missed a beat!....the car is ...

    65,345
    Hampshire
  • Rover P5 3000 Automatic 1959 - Requires minor restoration but fully drivable and massively enjoyable as is. Walk around video: https://youtu.be/fqjwihK9N-w This is earliest known Rover P5 Auto in existence and is chassis no 20. 3 Litre straight 6 engine. Please see the attached 8 minute walk around video for very full details about this special car and ask any questions you may have. Viewing is available in our indoor showroom in North Hampshire (RG25) and a competitive delivery service ...

    Hampshire
  • Walk around video: https://youtu.be/bQGOB066WsI Ford Consul 1958 Mk 2 - 1700c and in stunning original condition but with period accessories that make this a real rock and rock car! Please see the attached video for very full details. But in a nutshell this car was the owners pride and joy, the car was very regularly wax oiled in all the usual places to hold off the dreaded rust that has claimed so many of these wonderful cars. The car drives tremendously well and is admired by all who see ...

    Hampshire