Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China have released a new Haynes Wheeler Dealers Car Restoration Manual.
The Wheeler Dealers Car Restoration Manual goes behind the scenes to reflect on ten of the most popular car restorations from the first 12 years of the show, with numerous photographic sequences of the jobs carried out and additional insight from Mike and Edd into the buying, restoration and selling of each of the 10 cars featured.
With more than 100 episodes under their belt, the job of picking their favourite restorations was no easy task, but here is Mike’s top five restorations:
1. Austin Mini
Mike says: “The Mini is definitely one of my all-time favourite classics, and is just such good fun to drive. If you want a small classic that’ll be easy to work on, this is definitely the car for you; and there’s a great owners’ scene too, so you’ll never be stuck for help or advice.”
2. Jaguar E-Type
Mike says: “You’re not going to be surprised to hear that I rate the E-Type as an absolute classic car icon. It’s a gorgeous machine and I’m just as much a fan of them now as I was when I first saw one as a kid, so for me it was a car that we just had to have on Wheeler Dealers. If ever there was a car that needs expert advice before you take the plunge, this is it, and I was really happy to find the Series 3 car that we featured. My plan was always to keep it absolutely original and just concentrate on a proper restoration, as I knew that was where the profit lay.”
3. Peugeot 205 GTI
Mike says: “I’ve always been a huge fan of the hot hatchback, and I bought and sold plenty back in my trading days. And I reckon the 205 GTI was one of the very best, especially if you go for the 1.9-litre version like we did. That engine is just so punchy, and in such a light car it’s a fantastic way to get down a B-road. Rising prices mean there is real investment potential here and you’ll absolutely love it.”
4. Mazda MX-5
Mike says: “There’s no doubt about it, the original MX-5 is an absolutely cracking little convertible, and if you’re looking for some cheap fun, this is the car to be looking at. There are so many around that you won’t have trouble finding a good one, and as long as it’s not suffering from rot or been abused it should be cheap to run as well.
5. Porsche 911 (993)
Mike says: “To be honest, I was really shocked at the condition of the 911 – I don’t think I’d ever seen one as abused as this. But we really wanted to get another one on the show, and to find a 993 for this sort of money was amazing. Both of us loved it, and as soon as I took it for a test drive I knew this was the one. I think I said it on the show, but sometimes you just get a feel about a car that needs rescuing, and this Porsche was one of those.”
Over the past 12 years the show has featured some amazing cars, from those that are familiar to just about every car enthusiast to some that are more than a little unusual and unique.
From sports cars to luxury cruisers, from off-roaders to cars that float, and from the most vintage to the truly modern classic, there has been something for everyone.
The Wheeler Dealers Car Restoration Manual, priced £22.99, can be brought direct from www.haynes.co.uk or get your signed copy at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show, 28 and 29 March at Birmingham’s NEC.