Some of the History

shop1Rodney 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.

“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)

George’s Mercedes Benz

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

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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Growing is good

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.

What Our Customers Say!


“Thank You! For buying an ad in the program for the 18th Annual Rock n’ Roll Extravaganza Car Show and Dance to benefit the Nerden Camp for Special Needs Children ( Because of your participation a $1500.00 donation was made to the camp.” -John J Nerden Regional Training Center Camp Inc.

“As always Andre and service staff were the best. Another shop told me I needed a more expensive repair Cromwell Automotive fixed the problem without throwing more parts than needed at the repair bill. The only place my cars will go. I have even given Gift Certificates to there as gifts.”

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