Purchased 1971 Beetle 1300, which was a barn find derelict beyond restoration, was custom converted to mark the 40th anniversary of the Beach Buggy. Restoration price includes £530 travel expense and a £200 credit from selling the orange carpets. Later bought by one of the cameramen who worked on the show. Edd usually does not work on gearboxes, but as there was obviously something big broken he tried fixing it himself, got lucky and replaced just a bolt for 50 pence. Ant converted the car's bumpers to Euro-spec by fabricating the bumpers from steel tubes and plates. Plastic dashboard bezel replaced with custom wooden unit. Blind headlights replaced with aftermarket units.
Front grille and headlamp trim replaced with 1972 model year parts. Steel wheels replaced with wire wheels; new hubs installed to accommodate them. Brown interior panels refurbished in grey using a process. Black vinyl interior re-trimmed in red leather and new carpets installed. Weight distribution adjusted using load cells. Air conditioning system reinstated, however original compressor and condenser supplied by the seller, could not be used because of damage and were replaced with aftermarket units. In episode 9, it was revealed that the final test drive scene had to be re-shot due to a faulty steering column.
Restored car taken to Downtown L. Centre of front grille resprayed satin black. A new replacement gearbox would have cost £4,000, which was way over budget. Almost every aspect of this quirky car requires attention; Edd strips it back to bare bones to breathe new life back into the smoky old engine. Replacement convertible soft top fabric installed.
Full body respray from brown to Daytona Yellow. Notes: Car comes with rare detachable hardtop. Restored car taken to Italy for its test drive and to participate in a parade to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini. Purchase price includes a competition-spec straight cut gearbox. Wheels repainted from silver to gold. Replaced automatic gear selector cable with fishing line. Notes: Before Mike sold the car, he gave a mini-primer on how to sell cars to maximize profits.
Notes: Purchased in San Francisco, California. Included a tour of plant in. Notes: Purchased near , California. Notes: Restored car tested at. Aftermarket projector headlamps and air intake system replaced with stock units.
Notes: Purchased from at the seller's asking price. New chrome windscreen wipers fitted. Allegedly seized by the Italian Police in 1970 and stored in a police warehouse till 2004. The show's premise is that Brewer and China are on a mission to save repairable enthusiast vehicles, by repairing or otherwise improving an example of a particular make and model to a budget, then selling it to a new owner. Full body respray to blue.
Notes: Original plan was to purchase and restore a. Warm-up regulator cleaned and modified to address rough idling. Used to celebrate 100th car in the show, this veteran car is not for sale. Notes: Sold at asking price. Notes: Found on an originally being sold for parts.
Turbocharger refurbished with new shaft and thrust bearings. Interior upgraded with re-trimmed vinyl dashboard and door cards, new carpets and simple vinyl seats. Notes: Single-owner car since 1984. Notes: Mike owned one, and this was the type of car driven by in the 1960s television series. The rear axle and leafs springs were also repainted satin black, the exhaust seems to have either been replaced or cleaned up and the side skirts repainted but not mentioned on the show. Restored car taken to a Saab owners' convention.
Exhaust replaced with a custom made system. Most expensive restoration cost in the series to date. Brakes flushed and brake fluid replaced. Replaced exhaust system with a stainless steel unit. Previous owner fitted functional custom sidepods. Notes: Originally a non-running unit that had not been used for 17 years. Notes: Mike introduced the process of plastic welding to fix the cracked bumpers.