About us

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Rodney Bitgood started Cromwell Automotive in April 1999. He has 20-years plus of experience repairing automobiles.  Rodney is the grandson of Dr. George Bitgood, A very well known Veterinarian in Middletown, CT for many years. While animals were George Bitgood’s first love-his second love was automobiles- of which he had a very exclusive collection of Mercedes Benz cars-some of which were very rare. While Rodney loves animals as well, his first love is the automobile- of which his grandfather passed on to him.

We appreciate you taking the time today to visit our web site. Our goal is to give you an interactive tour of our new and used inventory, as well as allow you to conveniently get a quote, schedule a service appointment, or apply for financing. The search for a luxury Motorcycle is filled with high expectations. Undoubtedly, that has a lot to do with the vehicles you are considering, but at Motors, we think you should also have pretty high expectations for your dealership.

“I remember being a child looking at all of these cars and being mesmerized by their beauty and intrigued by them as well”  (Rodney Bitgood)


We go through extensive factory training so that we may provide you with the knowledge you need to make an educated decision in choosing the vehicle that is right for your lifestyle.

  • Stress-free finance department.
  • Robust selection of popular vehicles.
  • Specials and offers, trusted by our community.
  • Maintaining your vehicle to stay safe on the road.
  • Complete Automotive Services including plows.


Since 1999 Cromwell Automotive has grown from a one-man operation to an 8-person service team and growing still. We have moved in to our new, larger facility at 263 Main St. and have a large selection of quality used cars. We are a complete automotive repair facility; servicing “all makes, all models”. We do oil changes to major engine overhauls and everything in between. We are both a NAPA Autocare Service Center and an A/C Delco Independent Service Center, which means we are completly supported from A/C Delco not just with their parts but also with up-to-date training in automotive electrical systems, engine performance, emissions, air conditioning, brakes, and diagnostic equipment.

We don’t just repair cars here we build and race our own racecar’s; we have a 1986 Z-28 which we race in NMCA sanctioned events and numerous other events on the eastern seaboard of the nation.

George Bitgood’s MERCEDES BENZ


Chassis No. 154151 Commission No. 231118 Engine No. 154151 Body No. 200399

This 540K Special Roadster was the Mercedes-Benz display car at the 1937 Berlin Motor Show. It was love at first sight for Jack Warner, and subsequently Warner Brothers Studios purchased it for his personal use. After preparation at the factory for delivery to the US, the installation of a MPH speedometer, and a “Made in Germany” identification plate, the Special Roadster was shipped to New York City. While there, Mitropa Motors showcased it in their print advertisements.
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More Info on the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster



What’s your Plow/Car/Truck worth? Receive the absolute best value for your trade-in. We even handle all paperwork. Schedule your appointment today!

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How long have you worked on cars? 36 Years.

Education? Vinal Tech, Middlesex Community College, Multiple Post School Classes.

Why do you work on Cars? I’ve loved cars ever since I was little.

What is one interesting fact about yourself? I build and race cars.

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Brett Hallden
ASE Master Tech

How long have you worked on cars? 25 Years.

Education? ASE Master Technician

Why do you work on Cars? Sense of accomplishment and productivity when fixing problems

What is one interesting fact about yourself? Award winning pyrotechnic design and manufacturer.

Joseph Roberts

How long have you worked on cars? 6 Years.

Education? Vinal Tech.

Why do you work on Cars? I grew up loving cars.

What is one interesting fact about yourself? I was born with one hip.

Andre LaBissoniere

How long have you worked on cars? 4 years

Education? H.C. Wilcox Tech in Meriden, Gateway Community College.

Why do you work on Cars? Automotive interests me its challenging like a puzzle.

What is one interesting fact about yourself? I am an avid gym goer and and Meriden Police Cadet.

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Rodney Bitgood Jr.

How long have you worked on cars? 8 Years.

Education? Highschool and growing up in Cromwell Automotive

Why do you work on Cars? I’m a Bitgood its in my blood.

What is one interesting fact about yourself? I have been riding quads since I was 5 years old.