Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wheeler Dealers: S5 E1&2 – Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Budget: £5,000 Purchase Price: €6,900 (£5,400) Final Cost: £6,920 Selling Price: £7,900 Profit/Loss: +£980 Work Completed: Replaced front brake discs and calipers, full exhaust, convertible hood, 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 Germany. Car originally had no MOT in Germany due to the lack of a catalytic...

Wheeler Dealers: S5 E3&4 – Lotus Esprit S3

Budget: £5,000 Purchase Price: £3,600 Final Cost: £4,385 Selling Price: £6,200 Profit/Loss: +£1,815 Work Completed: Replaced cambelt, exhaust manifold, and shock absorbers. Fixed leaky aftermarket sunroof. Water-damaged beige leather interior replaced with second-hand tan interior. Engine service done. 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...

Wheeler Dealers: S5 E5&6 – Fiat 500

Budget: £5,000 Purchase Price: €2,900 (£2,300) Final Cost: £5,700 Selling Price: £6,500 Profit/Loss: +£800 Work Completed: Full body respray from blue to white with red and green vinyl stripes front to back. Replacement 650cc Abarth engine and gearbox. Right-hand drive headlights. Notes: Purchased in Italy. It broke down halfway back to the UK and needed towing back. Restoration price includes £500 travel expense. Sold at...

Wheeler Dealers: S5 E7&8 – Land Rover Series III

Budget: £5,000 Purchase Price: £1,000 Final Cost: £2,230 Selling Price: £2,750 Profit/Loss: +£520 Work Completed: Converted to run on LPG or petrol. Repainted some parts black and added some black metal trim. Roll bar and some lights fitted. Notes: Previous owner abandoned restoration project after car was repainted in the wrong shade of Inca Yellow. Restored car tested at Land Rover's off-road circuit. Final sale...

Wheeler Dealers: S5 E9&10 – Citroën DS Super 5

Budget: £5,000 Purchase Price: €4,800 (£3,800) Final Cost: £5,185 Selling Price: £7,000 Profit/Loss: +£1,815 Work Completed: Right-hand drive headlights, replaced suspension reservoir, right-side wing mirror, seat covers and clock. Notes: Purchased in France. Restoration price includes £400 travel expense. A scratch on the right front wing was left unpainted, with Mike calling it part of the car's "character".

Wheeler Dealers: S5 E11&12 – Bentley Mulsanne Turbo

Budget: £5,000 Purchase Price: £3,250 Final Cost: £6,200 Selling Price: £8,000 Profit/Loss: +£1,800 Work Completed: Full respray and colour change from blue to Storm Grey, replaced headlamps and grille, repainted leather seats to original blue finish. Notes: Original plan was to purchase and restore a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, but the only unit at the car dismantler had faulty bodywork. Dismantler offered the Bentley instead. Sold...

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