Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK200
Work Completed: Replaced the hydraulic pump and relay of the retractable roof mechanism, replaced the supercharger (Kompressor) and drive belts, fitted a new brake master cylinder, replaced the stability control sensor, replaced the nearside headlamp, replaced the non original CLK wheels with SLK alloy wheels which had newer tyres, replaced the chrome exhaust tailpipe, had several rust patches and scratches touched up and reinstalled an original spec CD player.
Notes: Mike recovered parts from a crashed car in a breakers.
Work Completed: Replaced dented patent part front wings with original second-hand units (supplied by seller), full body respray and colour change from black to Highland Green, replaced lower control arms on front suspension due to worn bushes and ball joints, replaced the front brake hoses, replaced rear drum brakes, refurbished power steering system, upgraded all the dashboard panels (including the instrument binnacle, dials and lenses) to factory aluminium deluxe spec, original wheels replaced with new aluminium “Torque Thrust” alloys with new tyres (echoing the wheels on Steve McQueen’s car in Bullitt) and various chrome trim items including front and rear bumpers, new front badges and front grille trim, new chrome air filter, new side and rear trim and badges. Purchased and sprayed but did not install rear trim panel; left in the boot for new owner to decide on fitting it.
Notes: Purchased near San Diego, California. Car was desirable ‘A Code’ vehicle (289-4V engine). Final cost includes £2,000 shipping and travel expenses. Originality reduced by re-spraying different colour, changing wheels and adding non-original parts. Brought to Salisbury Plain after restoration for Mike and Edd to re-enact a Hollywood police chase scene (with Edd driving a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor).
Vehicle: 1963 BMW Isetta 300
Work Completed: Rear brake shoes replaced and rear brake drum skimmed, rubber gear linkage grommets replaced, flares on front wheel arches and rusty lower part of the near side wheel arch cut out and replaced with new panels, whole car sanded to bare metal and resprayed from yellow to factory Japan Red and Feather White colour combination, perished window rubber seals replaced, new front and rear chrome bumpers fitted, new narrower rim steel front wheels fitted and painted white, headlight pods chromed instead of repainted, interior re-trimmed with custom vinyl panels, missing vinyl bench seat custom made to match body colour, steering wheel refurbished using original moulds, new taillight bulbs fitted, original black front badges replaced with chrome units.
Notes: Rear brake locked up shortly after purchase and car had to be towed back to the garage. Sold at asking price to BMW Heritage UK for use as a Museum and Press Fleet car.
Vehicle: 1975 Triumph TR6
Work Completed: Cylinder head fitted with hardened exhaust valve seats so the engine can run on unleaded petrol, conventional water based coolant flushed and replaced with synthetic ‘water free’ coolant, a small hole in a petrol tank repaired using tinning & patch method, old vinyl roof replaced with a new one, old Lucas fuel pump upgraded to a modern Bosch fuel pump, both seats re-padded as foam had crumbled.
Notes: Restored car taken to Blackpool and Lancashire to pay tribute to the 4th RAC Rally won by John Wallwork and Harold Brooks in a Triumph TR2 in 1954. Sold at asking price.
Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Skyline GTS
Work Completed: Custom Japanese wheels replaced as part of purchase deal. Rusty metal on the strut tower cut out and replaced with a patch from another Skyline, standard intercooler swapped for a larger one and front bumper modified to relocate the intercooler from the inner wing to the front of the car behind the front bumper, strut brace fitted, stock rear spoiler replaced with an adjustable aftermarket one, suspension set up for drifting: front camber adjusted to -2.6°, front caster adjusted -6.5° and rear camber adjusted to -0.9°. Also the tracking was readjusted. Suspension already had adjustable suspension parts and may have been previously used as a track-day car.
Notes: Mike beat Edd in a drifting contest with a score of 6-3. First Japanese car featured since series 7.
Vehicle: 1945 Willys MB Jeep
Work Completed: Rusted floor replaced with a new panel and painted in original olive drab, missing jerrycan holder installed on the back, gearbox replaced with a refurbished part and painted in olive drab, all seat cushions replaced with new ones, missing manually operated period windscreen wipers reinstalled, missing WW2 first-aid kit box reinstalled under the dash.
Notes: Purchased near San Francisco, California. Restoration price includes £2,000 shipping. Built in 1945, it is the oldest car ever bought on the show. Brought to Upminster, Essex, for display at an annual military vehicle show.
Vehicle: 1960 Jaguar Mark 2 3.8
Work Completed: Crankcase ventilation system fixed by cleaning the oil screen and replacing the breather pipe that runs to the oil catch can to sort out blue exhaust smoke, clutch master and slave cylinders replaced to fix spongy clutch pedal and 1-2 gear crunch, interior woodwork on the dashboard top and doors replaced, leather seats replaced, hole in the exhaust down pipe welded up.
Notes: Brought to Oxford to pay a small tribute to Inspector Morse.
Vehicle: 2002 Gardner Douglas Cobra
Work Completed: Carburetor jets resized and custom exhaust fitted to reduce emissions for Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test, also, custom head rests fitted as a requirement for IVA, rear axle narrowed by fitting shorter lower control arms and shorter drive shafts, new deep-dished wheels fitted.
Notes: Mike opted to find a kit car version rather than spend money for a genuine AC Cobra, which would have been over budget. Car was brought to a drag strip, where Edd did a top speed of 110 mph while Mike reached 108 mph.
Vehicle: 1999 Jaguar XK8 Convertible
Work Completed: Throttle body replaced to fix “Limp Home Mode” problem, engine and exhaust system decarbonized to reduce emissions, new lowered springs and shocks, new XKR brakes installed, both back exhaust mufflers replaced with aftermarket ones, chrome front grille replaced with a satin black unit and a new front numberplate fitted.
Notes: A contest was held for the programme to choose the next car to buy from a lucky viewer. The XK8 was chosen over a 1963 Triumph TR4a and a 1989 Lotus Excel SA among the finalists. Restored car tested at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Was used as a promotional prize with a £10,000 budget. (Sixth loss of the series.)
Vehicle: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300GE
Work Completed: Speedo drive oil seals replaced, scratched center console sanded and re-lacquered, engine bay steam cleaned, battery tray treated with rust remedy and repainted, radiator top hose replaced, cam cover polished, front grille replaced with an aftermarket 2012 unit and painted in original colour, front bumper replaced and painted, headlight surrounds and original rear bumper repainted, original taillights replaced with upgraded LED taillights, second hand leather steering wheel from an E-class fitted, front seats refurbished.
Notes: Restoration price includes a £90 credit from selling the old front bumper and grille. Restored car brought to Mercedes-Benz off-road testing facility. After sometime on the market, sold to an online buyer from Cyprus.