Series 1 - Episode 5: Cadillac

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A 1950s Cadillac marketing slogan proclaimed it to be "The Standard of the World,”. It encapsulated the confidence of post-World War II American confidence. Elvis Presley famously gave a painted pink Cadillac to his beloved mother. The team travel to Canada to find a gorgeous old rusting model to fix up. However, as they struggle to return it to its former glory, all sorts of setbacks and hindrances arise.



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  • Morris

    over 1 year ago


    This could be a brilliant show if it weren't for the obviously staged accidents and hammy dramatics. It's embarrassing and unnecessary. That schtick may wash with us audiences but it just insults out intelligence. Please.just concentrate on the cars please - cos that really works.

  • Phil russell

    over 1 year ago

    Phil russell

    2 mins of adverts then doesnt work.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • John Hannam

    over 1 year ago

    John Hannam

    I have watched all the shows and am disappointed. The shows are full of basic factual errors. The costings are either wildly underestimated or classic car restoration is the best business opportunity of all time. I know Faulty Towers is not a good guide to Morris 1100 maintenance but this show purports to have a factual basis. Could do better Channel 5.

  • Will Bainbridge

    over 1 year ago

    Will Bainbridge

    I think this program is brilliant! It shows that car restoration is possible within reason, no matter what state the car is in, it also has good diagrams of how the car works, for example diagrams showing the gear that runs the rotor arm in the distributor (on the ford mustang episode) and it also shows potential of what you can do in a fabrication workshop. excellent program, we dont want classic cars to just rot away in barns!

  • Tim Miller

    over 1 year ago

    Tim Miller

    I would like to ask the director what audience he thinks he has. It's not going to be one which watches soaps is it. To me this series is ill conceived as well as contrived; it misses out on what the audience would have loved to have seen and expected to see, tips on how to restore a car. I have learnt nothing at all about restoring a classic car. I can’t get over what a waste of a great opportunity this has been. Nobody and I mean nobody I know who has watched this program thinks any differently to me, most stopped watching after a couple of episodes.

  • rw

    over 1 year ago


    contrived tripe. Just tuned in and saw a mini "accidentally" set on fire whilst cutting out rot. Switched over to Nigella !!!

  • Ian Barr

    over 1 year ago

    Ian Barr

    guys its great hope you do more so what if its this or that we dont get enough car shows if you dont like it dont watch it Bernie you remember me of my dad old cars need to be alive

  • Ju

    over 1 year ago


    Error witht his stream... VE_FMS NOT FOUND Fix your site, I was watching it, then bang broken, if it's not available DONT MAKE me watch 3 minutes of adverts to find out it's broken - I have capped internet!

  • Tim Parrett

    over 1 year ago

    Tim Parrett

    I can understand why the restoration purists are annoyed by this show, but as someone who knows nothing what so ever about classic cars I have enjoyed it. If they do make a second series though, please cut out the staged arguments and stupid stunts and show us more of the actual work being carried out.

  • Paul Jickells

    over 1 year ago

    Paul Jickells

    Great programe the guys are funny and they and their teams are seriously tallented no doubt. The finished cars are simply beautiful and I'm an enviromentalist so that's saying something, I hope they're around for a few more programms yet.

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  • S McNair

    over 1 year ago

    S McNair

    Slightly different kind of Car program and good. Please keep moaning Bernie to complain less and get on with the job. It is Car Rescue not Car Restoration, and in that sense it is a fine program. Is there a second series Channel 5?

  • Nick

    over 1 year ago


    Too much drama and no sense of reality. This programme has brilliant potential, but they need to back away from the dramatic cliches and falseness and start concentrating more on detail. The cars are beautiful, but th way it is all presented spoils the exprience. They went for too many stereotypes with characters as well. And this guy knows a guy who can get anything for cash? Anyone getting suspcious?

  • thomas reilly

    over 1 year ago

    thomas reilly

    i dont understand why they never check the body work or the engine is in good working order before they buy the cars or paint the engine bay when they removed the engine i would like to see more of the restoration like they do in pimp my ride show

  • Mark

    over 1 year ago


    I love this program, so what if it's inaccurate, love it for what it is. The doors on Star Trek don't really make the swish, swosh sound, but we love that too. Before and after tv at it's best.

  • Mickybo1

    over 1 year ago


    Great show, keep them coming:) don;t listen to all the negative comments channel 5, yous only have a limited time frame to show the restoration of a car, why go into the basics of showing us the valuator checking the bottom of the car when we know from watching the episode that it is perfectly restored? lol hope yous make a second series

  • Peter Bell

    over 1 year ago

    Peter Bell

    Dinger The usual apalling inaccurate drivel sadly .. I live in hope ..But...

  • Brian A

    over 1 year ago

    Brian A

    This is a great program. I like Bernie, can’t wait till next week. Yet to see Mario get his hands dirty.

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  • Barrie Durrent

    over 1 year ago

    Barrie Durrent

    Once again the same old play - different location, different car but the same old lines. Bernie goes of his head when the engine makes smoke and blames everyone for not doing the job properly. By some miracle they just finish in time before the valuer arrives - where actually does this little weasel live? Don’t tell me that the programme makers fly him out from the UK each time. A pile of pants with adverts but what more can you expect from Channel 5?

  • bleach

    over 1 year ago


    Another great episode, but sadly the last in the series ? Here's hoping for a second series asap !

  • Tony Acknroyde

    over 1 year ago

    Tony Acknroyde

    That's entertainment folks !!!!! Mario and Bernie are as bad as restoring cars as acting but Channel 5 have got a brilliant series here so much more enjoyable than Top Gear . Lets face it Messrs May, Hammond and Clarkson have been taking the piss out of the viewing public for years especially all the nodding donkeys who stand behind them in the audience . No Mario and Bernie are like a breath of fresh air. The script is hilarious , the deliberate mistakes seem to anger all the enthusiasts. As for the car valuer , what a scream, the producers have got it right, open neck shirt, tight jeans, and gucci loafers. Keep it up Channel 5, can't wait for the next series. Eat your heart out Clarkson , you should have thought of this format.....Brilliant

  • Marcus

    over 1 year ago


    You people really are a joke, the show is just on for the fun of it so why are you all going on like its insaulting to watch, ooo yes i forgot all of you are mechanics aint ya if you dont like how the show is dont watch it ***SIMPLES***

  • J Simmons

    over 1 year ago

    J Simmons

    This whole series so far although only for entertainment is absolute rubbish. There are so many mistakes and inacuracies its beyond poor. Does nobody bother to check details? The Cadillac rear bumper that "the guy who could get anything" showed them was a 56 bumper not a 54. but it suddenly morphed into a 54 when on the car. The interior "restored to original" was nothing like original. If Bernie is the experienced skilled restorer the show claims why does it portray him as a complete fool,and a vehicle valuer who doesnt even look underneath the car! This series doesent represent or show the true nature of car restoration in any way and some of the bodges carried out could be mistaken by the inexperienced as the way to do things. Come on channel 5

  • Lee Dantis

    over 1 year ago

    Lee Dantis

    Look guys, chill, it is not real, it is entertainment! I used to work on classic cars, a full E-Type restoration costs nearer £50,000! But it is fun watching. Have to say though that Bernie's paint sprayer does a lovely paint job, but you never see the flat and polish afterwards?

  • Tony P

    over 1 year ago

    Tony P

    Who are these guys kidding, 30 days work of several people and the labour was only $6500, i thought slave labour in the US had been abolished !. The cost figures are totally unrealistic which ultimately make the profit significantly inflated - if there is any at all.

  • Sara

    over 1 year ago


    Does anyone know who narrates this show

  • Richard

    over 1 year ago


    Brilliant show please let there be a series 2

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago


    Brilliant show, my 8 & 11 year old love it! The acting is as bad as TOWIE though but it is a show! Would be a fantastic show if only they showed a bit more realism like Wheeler dealers (Yes I know that is set up also). I still love the show though so keep em coming..........

  • Mark J

    over 1 year ago

    Mark J

    If you haven’t got it by episode 4 this is an entertainment show not a car restoration show. How dull would it be to watch two guys actually restore a car to the standard expected by the many critics below, it would take at least 2 series per car and one episode would be watching the paint dry; can we have a second episode please?

  • russell walters

    over 1 year ago

    russell walters

    its rubbish, the dropped screen,the big puff of smoke from the engine ? bernie shouting and then best buddies, complete twaddle, whoever made this must think we are as stupid as we look, could be really good but misses the mark

  • mike

    over 1 year ago


    Interesting show although Bernies bad acting and the false drama is a bit tiresome. Cut that out and show more of the restoration.

  • colin

    over 1 year ago


    just started watching this programme and really enjoying it,a great double act with interesting cars thrown in,more episodes please.

  • wellsey

    over 1 year ago


    please please let there be a series 2

  • stuart elliott

    over 1 year ago

    stuart elliott

    Brilliant show love it best thing since top gear should be on every night do a morris minor woody

  • craig nulty

    over 1 year ago

    craig nulty

    love the program butt do think there is to much play acting and a lot of the structural work on the cars does not seem very good and the most respected valuer does not seem to inspect the cars very well they all look good on the outside


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  • Iain C. Purvis

    over 1 year ago

    Iain C. Purvis

    I would hope that these cars are restored to a higher standard than portrayed in the program. For instance, the MGB was a complete rust bucket, and the program didn't make clear how much remedial work went into the chassis. If the restoration was as superficial as it seemed, the car would be a death trap. Also, I would hope that they did more to the engine than just clean it up externally, a complete strip and rebuild would be the absolute minimum I would consider. Having said that, the Mustang rebuild was much more professional, and I would be quite assured that it was roadworthy and reliable. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • D Humphreys

    over 1 year ago

    D Humphreys

    I wish they'd stop the false scenarios. Pretending to drop the windscreen from the mustang was so ridiculously obvious blaming a cut that we didn't see. Reversing the e-type jaguar and denting it was the same. Bad acting. They should concentrate on the cars which make the show and not throw in dramatic moments for effect.

  • paul smith

    over 1 year ago

    paul smith

    forget the crap negative comments ive read about this program, i love it and think mario and bernie show exactly what its like when 2 people get together on any project.