Vehicle: 1968 Lotus Elan S4
Work Completed: Replaced the front and midsections of the exhaust system (including the manifold) with a stainless steel unit, fitted new exhaust manifold gaskets, replaced both front suspension ball joints, replaced the rubber driveshaft “doughnut” couplings with custom made constant velocity joint assemblies, repainted the wheels from black to silver and fitted new chrome spinners, fixed the nearside pop up headlamp so they both opened and closed correctly, replaced the modern rear numberplate with a classic black unit with silver characters and a full body respray in the car’s original red/white combination.
Notes: Restored car tested at Gurston Down Motorsport Hillclimb. Mike beat Edd 46 seconds to 49 seconds. When Mike purchased it, the owner had the engine bored up to 1.7 litres, putting out 150 bhp. Largest profit made on a car up to this point.
Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX
Work Completed: Fitted a performance air filter, replaced the original exhaust system with a big bore unit, ECU remapped from 206.5 bhp to 243.5 bhp, replaced the clutch with an upgraded unit, replaced all of the original brake discs and calipers with upgraded vented Brembo units, standard alloy wheels and tyres uprated to gold WRX STI units, which were repainted satin black, black racing stripes added with both Mike and Edd’s signatures inserted on the bonnet and bootlid.
Notes: First Japanese car featured since Series 4. Restored car tested on Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Vehicle: 1989 Land Rover Defender 90
Work Completed: Fitted an aftermarket hi-lift camshaft, replaced the hydraulic valve lifters, replaced the original steel wheels with a set of modern Defender alloys, fitted new modern headlight surrounds, which were repainted silver, replaced the original orange front indicator lenses and clear bulbs with clear lenses and orange bulbs, had the aftermarket bonnet checkerplate powdercoated satin black, replaced the steering wheel with an aftermarket unit, replaced the seat bottoms, fitted a new front grill, which was repainted silver, fitted a new front bumper, replaced the original front “Land Rover 90” decal with a modern “Land Rover” sticker and relocated it to the bonnet tip, replaced the passenger and rear doors, added some rear side windows and a full respray from blue with a white roof to all Gunmetal Gray.
Notes: Farm vehicle turned into a Chelsea tractor. Previous owner swapped the original 2.5 litre turbo diesel motor with a Rover V8 engine.
Vehicle: 1968 Volvo 1800S
Work Completed: Replaced fuel gauge, fuel tank and sender, replaced the front shock absorbers and springs, replaced the engine rocker cover, fitted new spark plugs, fitted new distributor points, repaired and repainted the front crossmember, updated the valve seats with hardened units in order to run unaided on unleaded petrol and rebuilt the twin carburetors to increase engine performance.
Notes: Mike owned one, and this was the type of car driven by Simon Templar in the 1960s television series The Saint.
Vehicle: 1970 Bond Bug 700ES
Work Completed: Replaced the gearbox, fitted a new canopy and decals, replaced the brake shoes and replaced the differential half shaft oil seals.
Notes: The first three-wheeled car featured in the series. Restored for the Bond Bug 40th anniversary gathering at Woburn Abbey, featuring designer Tom Karen. Buyer offered £550 over the asking price.
Vehicle: 1972 Triumph Stag
Work Completed: Replaced cam cover gaskets, replaced the radiator and hoses with improved units, replaced the differential gasket, fitted a new hood and frame, replaced the front bumper, replaced the front numberplate and polished brightwork.
Notes: Acquired through eBay.
Vehicle: 1995 BMW 840Ci
Work Completed: Repaired and resprayed front bumper and driver’s door, replaced cooling fan and recharged air conditioning, replaced automatic transmission cooler, installed new windscreen and front grilles (supplied by seller), refurbished alloy wheels, bodywork polished.
Notes: Sold to a buyer from Ireland.
Vehicle: 1979 Volkswagen Type 2 T2
Work Completed: Full body respray from white to metallic orange, upgraded the original 1584cc engine to 1641cc with a twinhead cylinder port, aluminium oil cooler, alternator, new fan housing, twin carburetors, twin port manifolds, new air filters, new exhaust system, new tailgate with a new chrome VW badge, driver door, Recaro leather seats (recycled from the Sierra Cosworth project), chrome wheels, door cards, black vinyl interior panels, carpet, front and rear numberplates, front and rear windscreen rubber seals, removed the “eyelids” from the headlights.
Notes: Originally planned on Series 3 (which became the T3 Transporter project). Sold off-screen to an army major who was serving overseas.
Vehicle: 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth
Work Completed: Gearbox rebuilt, clutch replaced, valve stem oil seals & guides replaced, fitted a new head gasket, fitted a new cam cover gasket, fitted new seats, replaced the door cards, fitted an original leather steering wheel, removed the Motorsport sticker from the windscreen, Escort Cosworth alloy rims replaced with original units, front bumper repainted.
Notes: Acquired through eBay. Previous owner had the engine modified to around 380 to 400 bhp and converted it from 4wd to 2wd. Restored car taken to a 1-mile drag strip to do a 0-60 acceleration contest. Mike scored 5.9 seconds while Edd did 6.4 seconds.
Vehicle: 1973 Jensen Interceptor III
Work Completed: Cut out rust and welded new steel in passenger foot well, replaced brake master cylinder and steering rack, leather interior cleaned and restored, wheels polished.
Notes: Car was missing the air conditioning system, which was not reinstated due to cost. Restored car brought to Millbrook Proving Ground for its test drive.