Wheeler Dealers: S12 E8 – DeSoto Firedome 8



Budget: US$15,000 (£9,599)
Purchase Price: US$12,500 (£7,999)
Final Cost: US$17,000 (£10,710)
Selling Price: US$23,000 (£14,811)
Profit/Loss: +£3,863

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Work Completed: Flat silver painted bumpers and brightwork rechromed. Engine heads refurbished with new valve guides, seats and polished valves, resulting in a gain of 30 bhp. Added remote controlled door opening mechanism and poppers to compensate for the shaved door handles; new 8 volt battery added for the mechanism. The dark tint on the windows was removed to give the car more appeal. New steel wheels with chrome hubcaps and whitewall tyres.

Notes: Purchased from Charlotte, North Carolina. Customised vehicle with the door handles shaved off. Restoration price includes US$750 credit from selling the original unit’s alloy wheels. Restored car taken to California’s Wine Country for its test drive. Placed on consignment to a classic car dealer, as Mike headed back to Europe.

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Based in Brisbane, Australia, Sean has loved cars his entire life. At 21 he launched the popular 80’s Falcon forum xFalcon.com, then at 24 created TopGearbox.com, one of the most popular Top Gear fansites in the world.