Car enthusiast Mike Brewer and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead work together to give new life to run-down, classic automobiles in order to resell at a profit. Working with a limited budget, Mike’s job is to find and purchase a vehicle before presenting it to Ant, who makes the necessary repairs — and there usually are plenty of them — giving tips along the way about electrical and structural issues, mechanics, cosmetic touches and finishing work. Once complete, the restored car is taken for a test drive, and then Mike negotiates the purchase price with a new owner.
This series Mike finds a selection of cars from all over the globe and this is whats in store:
Mike finds a rare beast, a 1976 Mark 2 Mercury Capri with the classic 2.8 liter Cologne V6; it’s not without its problems, which means Ant has to completely overhaul the engine, the interior, and his own design upgrade.
Mike gets his hands on the Japanese Ferrari, also known as a 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo; one small fix becomes a big problem for Ant as the entire engine has to be removed.
Mike finds a true Swedish Unicorn of the car world: a ’95 Volvo 850 T-5R, a station wagon with a racing pedigree; unfortunately the Turbo in the T-5R is in need of TLC and some leftfield thinking is needed from both guys to solve the bodywork issues.
Mike tracks down a rare ’91 Alfa Romeo 164L and loves the look of this car, but Ant has his work cut out for him; this Alpha has perfect bodywork, but it has a leaking engine, faulty steering, dodgy brakes and a host of other issues.
Mike tracks down what he believes is the finest-handling front wheel drive car ever made: the Lotus Elan M100; if Ant can get the engine and suspension back to glory, then Mike is convinced that some cosmetic upgrades will seal the deal.
Mike finds a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with over 400 hp and zero to 60 in under four seconds; it’s a road-legal race car, but Ant is less than enthused when he realizes the scale of the work needed to help it regain those impressive numbers.
The Golf GTi was a symbol of the 80s and gave birth to the term “hot hatch”; Mike finds a prime example of a Rabbit which he believes can be transformed; the market is crying out for cars like this, but Ant has a lot of work to do.
The Dodge SRT 10 truck has an 8.3 liter V10 Viper engine, and Mike finds one at a price he can’t resist; once Ant is sold on the plan, they dive in, working to make this vehicle powerful enough to dominate on a NASCAR track.
From one of the fastest trucks on earth, to one of the ugliest cars ever made, Mike and Ant have tackled a wide range of motors; the guys get a chance to share some sweet bonus footage, hilarious outtakes, and more fascinating processes.