Series 5 Episode 11 & 12

Series: 5
Episode: 11 & 12
Vehicle: 1984 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo

Episode 11 & 12

Work Completed: Full respray and colour change from blue to Storm Grey, replaced headlights and grille for Turbo R spec units, repainted the new headlight surrounds to match the rest of the car, repainted leather seats to original blue finish, replaced the rubber windscreen seals, polished the brightwork and refitted some new chrome trim around the windscreen and on the front grille housing.

Notes: Original plan was to purchase and restore a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, but the only suitable example at the car dismantler had faulty bodywork. Dismantler offered the Bentley instead. Sold at asking price.

Series 5 Episode 9 & 10

Series: 5
Episode: 9 & 10
Vehicle: 1974 Citroën DSuper 5

Episode 9 & 10

Work Completed: Fitted UK-spec headlights, replaced suspension pressure accumulator & regulator, nearside door mirror, seat covers, clock and engine service including changing the oil, replacing the oil filter, replacing the spark plugs, replacing the HT leads, replacing the distributor cap and cleaning the air filter.

Notes: Purchased in Champagnat near Lyon, France. Restoration price includes £400 travel expense. A scratch on the nearside front wing was left unpainted, with Mike calling it part of the car’s “character”.

Series 5 Episode 7 & 8

Series: 5
Episode: 7 & 8
Vehicle: 1981 Land Rover Series III Stage One V8

Episode 7 & 8

Work Completed: Converted to run on LPG or petrol including installing the LPG tank and filler cap, vaporiser, a switch to select between LPG or petrol, pipework, fitting a new uprated distributor cap, HT leads, coil and amplifier, repainted some parts black including the front bumper, windscreen, bonnet kickplates and rear tiltframe, added some black metal trim around the top of the doors and headlights, fitted a black roll bar, refitted the interior and exterior door handles, refitted the front sidelights and indicators, refitted the front grille and refitted the passenger seat.

Notes: Previous owner abandoned restoration project after car was repainted in the wrong shade of Inca Yellow but supplied all the replacement and original parts. Restored car tested at Land Rover’s off-road circuit. Final sale on-screen was £3,000, but the buyer backed out at the last minute, according to Mike’s ending narration.

Series 5 Episode 5 & 6

Series: 5
Episode: 5 & 6
Vehicle: 1976 Porsche 911 2.7S Targa

Episode 5 & 6

Work Completed: Full body respray from blue to white with red and green vinyl stripes front to back, fitted a replacement 650cc Abarth engine and gearbox and fitted UK-spec headlights.

Notes: Purchased in Turin, Italy. It broke down halfway back to the UK and needed towing back. Restoration price includes £500 travel expense. Sold at asking price.

Series 5 Episode 3 & 4

Series: 5
Episode: 3 & 4
Vehicle: 1982 Lotus Esprit S3

Episode 3 & 4

Work Completed: Replaced cambelt, cast iron exhaust manifold with a stainless steel unit, shock absorbers, fixed leaky aftermarket sunroof, water-damaged beige leather interior replaced with second-hand tan interior and engine service done including replacing the spark plugs, changing the oil, replacing the oil filter and replacing the air filter.

Notes: Car had failed its MOT due to faulty exhaust and rear suspension prior to purchase. Restored car brought to the Lotus test track. Sold for export to Gibraltar.

Series 5 Episode 1 & 2

Series: 5
Episode: 1 & 2
Vehicle: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Episode 1 & 2

Work Completed: Replaced front brake discs and calipers, convertible hood, entire exhaust system, aftermarket wheels and steering wheel for originals, repaired rust patch on front right wing, changed headlamps to UK-spec units.

Notes: Purchased in Bergen near Munich, Germany. Car originally had no MOT in Germany due to the lack of a catalytic converter. First car purchased over the planned budget. Restoration price includes £400 travel expense and a credit of £135 from selling the aftermarket wheels and steering wheel.