Series 1 - Episode 1: E-Type

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This week, the guys tackle one of the most famous and desirable cars in automotive history, the Jaguar E-Type. Its arrival sent shockwaves through the automotive world in the 60s, setting new standards in design and performance.

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  • ian westwood

    5 months ago

    ian westwood

    Good programme ruined by the idiot of a cockney and his long suffering co presenter. where did you get them from? did they get paid in money?

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  • winstrol

    11 months ago

    winstrol

    I'm impressed!!! Really informative blog post on www.channel5.com my friend. I just wanted to comment u0026 say keep up the quality work.

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  • Phonejacker

    11 months ago

    Phonejacker

    C5 you owe me royalty money. I sent you my demo tape and you've used one of my main characters, Terry Tibbs!!

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  • bazza

    1 year ago

    bazza

    personally i would love to see them restore a ford granada 2 8 i ghia x mk 2 in black or red one of the best cars in their time

  • FormerCapriOwner

    1 year ago

    FormerCapriOwner

    I find it entertaining. I'll certainly be watching more episodes. Where's Leepu though?

  • Clive

    1 year ago

    Clive

    Does anybody know where the place near Peterborough. where the e type was too expensive for them?

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  • Quirky

    over 1 year ago

    Quirky

    The problem with this programme, is the like to spoil the car reveal. Now I know what the porsche looks like and I haven't seen that episode and it's not just one episode, its all of them. Nice editing

  • Marky J

    over 1 year ago

    Marky J

    'Absolute craftsmen...' What section of the English automotive industry was he talking about? Done a Mini how about a Marina...? Make one of these worse. See the trappy one trying to find his cue cards obviously being held up... Again I watched and wished I had not. Seeing that angle grinder ripping into it and all those dents...

  • Paul Rhys

    over 1 year ago

    Paul Rhys

    Great show - thank-you - please commission another series

  • Cliff

    over 1 year ago

    Cliff

    Sorry to see the first series has now ended. Hopefully if there is a second series, perhaps these guys could do a a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury, and call her Christine!!

  • james shore

    over 1 year ago

    james shore

    Bernie goes to view cars with a magnet but uases loads of filler himself!

  • Kola

    over 1 year ago

    Kola

    Very interesting TV program, but please show more stuff for people to learn from. One good example is where Bernie showed how to clean distribution head for porsche 911. Keep it up, there is always room for improvement.

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  • scott

    over 1 year ago

    scott

    Ok, there's been a lot of negative comments and a lot of comparison between this show and wheeler dealers. I agree that they could have showed more to help people learn - this is where i think ed china is better as he talks through his work and I find this more interesting. But were wheeler dealers lets itself down and this one is strongest is the fact that they take what maybe should go to a scrap yard to being back on the road again. Wheeler dealers sometimes feels to me as though there looking for a car to do up, when I've watched I've sometimes wanted them to buy a car that was more in need of being repaired so i could see how it was done (and learn) I'm not totally against using scrap parts because you have firms that overprice their products, but as long as their safe and correctly fitted. The bit that annoys me most are the people that leave these beautiful cars to rot away for years and not be driven and appreciated on the open road. I know some people have the best intentions and sometimes things get in the way, but then its, maybe time to let them go sooner for someone else to restore.

  • chris keane

    over 1 year ago

    chris keane

    oh boy,what a reaction,one thing to remember though,not everyone who loves cars has thousands and thousands of pounds to spend and years of their life getting perfection,nothing wrong with using good second hand parts,ive never had the money to do it to the proffessional standards of the rich who pay restorers for their expensive toys and then sit at car shows while the plebs ogle their unattainable status symbols.iv,e had hundreds of classics mostly pulled out of scrapyards and rebuilt resprayed in shit garages,but ive driven them the way they were meant to be driven not treated with kid gloves and kept in airconditioned isolation,and maybe i cut a few corners but then we arent all rothchilds,dont take it all so serious,cars are meant to be fun and driven.

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  • keiran

    over 1 year ago

    keiran

    they should do a series 3 landrover 1964 that would be awsome

  • keiran

    over 1 year ago

    keiran

    they should do a series 3 landrover that would be good

  • jarvis

    over 1 year ago

    jarvis

    adrian flux ,im going else where

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  • Matt

    over 1 year ago

    Matt

    Shocking! I cant believe anyone with any knowledge of cars would use second hand parts in safety critical areas like brakes or suspension, especially on a sports car. You should be ashamed of the example you set and of the appalling work done to the cars.

  • Phil

    over 1 year ago

    Phil

    Phil great shame this could have been a very good show but very staged acting if your in the know on classics a lot of what happens is staged axels falling windscreens thrown. any one know how to find the winers

  • Rupert

    over 1 year ago

    Rupert

    This must rate as one of the worst programs on TV. Even without the useless shouty inbred presenters, most of the so called "restoration" is totally fake. If you take an angle grinder to the rear suspension of any car before you jack it up, it will fall off. Slapping a load of filler on something and giving it a quick paint job is not restoration. Adding a new rocker cover doesnt constitute a mechanical rebuild. If your program producers dont have the wit or intelligence to come up with something more honest and informative than this utter rubbish, then maybe you should be sorting out their P45's. I wonder if you would welcome a full AA mechanical inspection of one of these vehicles before it is presented to an unsuspecting member of the general public??

  • Jon

    over 1 year ago

    Jon

    No wonder the MGB's suspension 'fell off' , the springs had been cut through.

  • lewis

    over 1 year ago

    lewis

    does anyone know when the competition winners will be announced.

  • Matt

    over 1 year ago

    Matt

    Nice cars but the staged arguing is embarrassing to watch. Shame, as with a little bit of work this show could be watchable.

  • FPJ

    over 1 year ago

    FPJ

    So funny, scripted for entertainment, and sure it is very tongue in cheek. But never laughed so much in ages! Good comedy, and not to be taken too seriously.

  • Professional Restorer

    over 1 year ago

    Professional Restorer

    Awful, truly awful. There are very many intelligent and eloquent people in this business, but C5 choose to employ people with no presentation skills, let alone any real knowledge of classic car restoration.

  • Duncan Conning

    over 1 year ago

    Duncan Conning

    Totaly agree with the comments of others, this program is an embarrasement to the classic car industry. It is totally unrealsitic and has been made for its pure sensationalism with staged stunts like the back axle falling of the MGB last night which would only happen if it had been seperated from the prop shaft. Just as a final point I bought my 1979 GB GT for £280.00 with all the panels to repair it. To pay £500.00 for the wreck that they bought shows how little they actually know about classic cars. My own cars, household insurance is with Adrian Flux as they are just down the road from me and I have used them ever since I insured my Beach Buggy with them many years ago. I dont know how such a reputable company can think that being involved with this garbage can do them any good at all.

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  • Bernies Mum

    over 1 year ago

    Bernies Mum

    Fantastic program. Simply stunning work by Bernie and the team. How these guys take a wreck of a car, fit only for the scrapyard, and then turn it into a concours example of the marque is beyond me. I will never have the skills these people have so can only watch brilliant programs such as these in awe of the talent on show. Once again, thank you Channel 5 for allowing us a brief insight into professional car restoration.

  • geoffphuket

    over 1 year ago

    geoffphuket

    Reading the comments, I'll have to watch this just for the laugh

  • Wealdenmannkent

    over 1 year ago

    Wealdenmannkent

    Its a shame they don’t do the resto's with a half hearted sense of professionalism. Many of these classics deserve a proper nut-n-bolt instead of a back street bodge up! Amazingly this program is worse than Wheeler Dealers :(

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  • Mike

    over 1 year ago

    Mike

    I agree with the above, I hade my porche restored by a garage & it took 4 months to do no filler just pure restoration. I am an aircraft engineer working on aircraft from 1945 to 1970 hope they dont get near them as it would probally fall out the sky.

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  • oldskoolautos.co.uk

    over 1 year ago

    oldskoolautos.co.uk

    Too much arguing and not enough showing the restoration process. The car was primed then painted with no footage of it being sanded inbetween. What about flatting and polishing after being painted? A car doesn't just get filled and then painted overnight, there are hours or days of work inbetween and after. What sort of viewers is this programme aimed at? Very un-professional. What about the valuer? Did he even look underneath the car? £30,000 for an E-type with a modern sunroof. Don't think they'll sell it that easily!

  • Bob Buckby

    over 1 year ago

    Bob Buckby

    I was nearly on the first U.K Monster Garage some years ago, but when I saw it on C4 I was very glad I wasn't! I NEVER thought I would see a car programme so dire or embarrassing again, but C5 you have triumphed magnificently, I would not have these cars as gifts from John Wayne and his campadres!

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  • Jay

    over 1 year ago

    Jay

    I'm glad a show like this has been created. I feel like its a remake of Chop shop but less informative. The build process should of been more detailed, as it just shows them talking and basic jobs. Ideally it would of been nice if we actually see the full process start to finish. Overall not a bad programme, plenty of room for improvements.

  • car lover

    over 1 year ago

    car lover

    uhm i thinkits all been said over dramtic bodge of great cars

  • M Brewer

    over 1 year ago

    M Brewer

    I wouldn't give Bernie a bag o sand for that Porker. My mechanic would have a fit if I took that write off to the workshop.

  • mike

    over 1 year ago

    mike

    i felt compelled to write something, this is one of the least convincing pieces of TV i have seen. Truly horrible "car crash TV"

  • A

    over 1 year ago

    A

    I believe that the time scales they apparently sent themselves are a load of rubbish, at 31:37 you can see the very distinctive colour of the Porsche from the second episode, so what? they are doing two cars at the same time, both in a ridiculous time scale? I hardly think so... get your act together, channel 5, there are some real issues with this series, it could be sooooo much better!

  • Geoff

    over 1 year ago

    Geoff

    Well done Channel Five on airing this documentary on cowboy garages! Their lack of professionalism is shocking. The program isn't helped by the editing. For example, the piston repair would have been more interesting to see than countless shots of Bernie swearing. Also, could someone tell Marco that when you paint the brake calipers you do NOT paint the brake discs too.

  • michelle

    over 1 year ago

    michelle

    who won the car

  • dc 993

    over 1 year ago

    dc 993

    nice to see the orange 911

  • Clive

    over 1 year ago

    Clive

    The programme is an insult to the vast army of restorers that are out there. Channel 5 either is ignorant of the poor content of the programme or they have a dreadful cynical view of their audience.

  • NC

    over 1 year ago

    NC

    I thought the first episopde was bad but nothing changed in the second ! What an absolute load of rubbish ! They do not restore the cars just bodge & make them shiny & add new interiors. How can anybody value a car by just looking at the outside ? Who is the program aimed at ? certainly not people that know about classic cars.

  • Harry Worth

    over 1 year ago

    Harry Worth

    Last time I saw this level of bodgery was thirty years ago when as a pennyless student I recreated an Austin Healey Sprite out of Isopon. Think Channel five should treat that pair to a subscription of Practical Classics magazine

  • Bert

    over 1 year ago

    Bert

    Awful, Awful, Awful, Awful, Awful, Awful..........load of rubbish.

  • Finman

    over 1 year ago

    Finman

    The concept of this show is good but the delivery is beyond parody. The 'geyser' is pathetic and the Canadian appears clueless. They do not restore the car but tart it up. The show must have been cheap to make and it shows.

  • David Morrissey

    over 1 year ago

    David Morrissey

    This show is a travesty to genuine restorers and enthusiasts, you've got two overweight cowboys with a supposed combined 80 years experience and knowledge! One just shouts and makes a fool if himself and couldn't even identify a shoddy previous accident repair and the other is a clueless "30 year veteran of classics " who doesn't know that it's Alfa Romeo! Not Romero! You've allowed them to ruin two cars with shoddy substandard work-(painting calipers with a cheap pound shop paint brush and touching up paint work in same way!) a mechanic who was 90% sure it was a cut n shut who was wrong! Badly done for dramatic effect I'm sure. You have a nerve to offer these cars up as a prize!! Shame on you channel 5, if you can't make a decent program that stacks up and doesn't try to make fools of your viewers then don't air them!! Classic Car "Rescue" I think not.

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  • chris 911

    over 1 year ago

    chris 911

    hi looked forward to this car show only thing missing was John Wayne and the 7th cavalry

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  • Charlie Croker

    over 1 year ago

    Charlie Croker

    Well, The Porsche 'restoration' (I use this word in its absolute simplistic 'dumbed down' term) is over. "I fink this is a cut 'n' shut" Why? "Because its been welded badly on one section" Well its not so lets load it with filler, give it a crappy respray, bodge everything on it, paint the chrome with matt black paint and then palm it off to some poor unsuspecting moron. The car 'Expert' has lost all credibility, and whats worse is they are going to 'restore' more classics! I'm dreading the Mini Cooper and MGB.

  • leepu

    over 1 year ago

    leepu

    i think most of the above need rescue, great show and as far as ed china OMG have you watched wheeler dealer? hold out your hand son make a fist turn it to you self and flick up the middle finger

  • si

    over 1 year ago

    si

    so who won the E-Type??

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  • Old Chadders

    over 1 year ago

    Old Chadders

    What a rubbish approach to Classic Car Restoration. Someone should introduce these idiots to lead filling and a sensible approach to obtaining NOS parts, instead of fitting used parts which are probably as bad as the originals. I wouldn't buy a car from either of them - at any price!

  • p type

    over 1 year ago

    p type

    so bad no idea about anything panel beating with a club hammer and half a tonne of gob left the sunroof in it and on two carbs it was better before they found it its only use is as a film prop blow it up

  • Gary

    over 1 year ago

    Gary

    I think channel 5 should watch the Mark Evans series and find out how a car is properly restored - by enthusiasts - not a pair of cowboys.

  • digcot65

    over 1 year ago

    digcot65

    This was an ego trip by two loud mouthed cowboys The fact it was to show a restoration of a classic car,could put people off buying from a restoration company.The wost restoration program I have ever seen.Why anyone would leave a sunroof in an E type I cant imagine but then again they probably would have botched the job of welding a section in anyway

  • Graham Wass

    over 1 year ago

    Graham Wass

    I have been restoring cars for years for my on use. Would I get in a restored car that has not had a total rebuid of all things mchanical. No way . Plus a truck load of body filler. No. How can that man call hmslf a mechanic. . Compare with the likes of Edd China he is not in the same league. What a total farce

  • AndrewL

    over 1 year ago

    AndrewL

    Ghastly program which I watched with great expectation, but instead it was just awful.

  • Foxy

    over 1 year ago

    Foxy

    My mates run a proper body shop. They do NOT use vast amounts of stopper. They bake the paint on.I have worked on cars for over 30 years. Never ever like this. This programme is as big a travesty as Stobarts is.

  • paul bryan

    over 1 year ago

    paul bryan

    At 56 years old this is the first time I have ever had my intelligence insulted so much that I just had to say something.The least funny pair of all time make my skin crawl for the 20 minutes I suffered before turning off and mulling over the shock I was in that the day had come where I couldn't watch a car program(Top Gear comes close) Insulting ,that Channel 5 think we would believe the fake rows,insulting,that Channel 5 think we would believe the "engines ruined"nonsense,insulting,that Channel 5 think we would believe the "crashing the new paintjob"lunacy.

  • Victor Meldrew

    over 1 year ago

    Victor Meldrew

    I don't believe it!

  • rod smith

    over 1 year ago

    rod smith

    Channel 5 the show was rubbish, to rebuild my old etype properly it took me 4 years plus many thousands of pounds without any filler, i did not repair any pistons! i replaced all of them get real do not insult our intelligent

  • Robyn

    over 1 year ago

    Robyn

    amature- not restoration, more used car tart up.... but at least its a car on the road- for how long .. well depends o the quality of the work. dont understand why using grinders to remove the paint is a good idea??? i prefer sandblasting. Please 5 look for programmes like the one on a channel that discovers things where a britsh man who is a Vet(Mark....) did a series in which he would restore a Jag,MGB etc ( and some bikes) and these vehicles where 'born' in his workshop over a series of episodes.... entertaining and educational i thought this programme is just a version of a previous mix with an Bernie and an Indian man who also liked filler- ALOT of filler...

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  • Richard Parsons

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Parsons

    Utter rubbish!. Terrible servers Channel 5!.

  • Richard Parsons

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Parsons

    Crap programme Crap severs!.

  • Steve

    over 1 year ago

    Steve

    This has got to be the worst television programme I have ever seen in my entire life. I'd like to say more but frankly, words fail me. Absolute drivel from start to finish.

  • Barnicle Bob

    over 1 year ago

    Barnicle Bob

    Awful, truly awful. What are Ch5 thinking of broadcasting this rubbish?

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  • Dr Robert Taylor

    over 1 year ago

    Dr Robert Taylor

    Why didn't they get advice from a Jaguar owner's club - the 2+2 is an ugly abomination made worse by being automatic and LHD: these are by far the least valuable E-Types available and running examples can be had for the £12k they paid for the initial heap. As for the quality of the restoration and the low-brow presentation, well, your previous respondents have said it all!

  • Barry Bucknell

    over 1 year ago

    Barry Bucknell

    As a novice to car restoration I would like to say thank you. I thought it would be difficult to learn the skills but after watching your show I realise all I require are grinding discs and body filler. Thanks again for demystifying the esoteric world of car restoration.

  • callum

    over 1 year ago

    callum

    o dear the car apparently didnt have a blowen engine was just over filled carbs . then to have a list what the mechanics did 1 including a worn piston which in my book a worn piston is a blowen engine ??

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  • Regi Blinker

    over 1 year ago

    Regi Blinker

    At the first ad break I rushed out to the garage and got a can of paint. I painted the TV screen with a good coat of emulsion and watched that for the remaining 50 minutes. It was much more exciting.

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  • Jay

    over 1 year ago

    Jay

    This is not going well is it CH 5? Dump this tosh before people turn off your channel forever. Lies, lies and more lies. You must think we're all mugs!

  • Neville

    over 1 year ago

    Neville

    The "Technical Consultant" for the show wasBernie Fineman. In his own words (on his LinkedIn Profile) Upton House EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL, NO DEGREES 1956 – 1960 WHEN I LEFT SCHOOL AT 13, OR EXPELLED I COULD NOT READ AND WRITE. AFTER SERVING AS AN APPRENTICE AT THOMAS AND DRAPER ROLLS ROYCE I LEFT 11 YEARS LATER WITH A MIMI AND M.TECH.ENG QUALIFICATION.... I AM PROUD OF MY ACHIEVEMENTS ... speaks for itself

  • Peter

    over 1 year ago

    Peter

    Not sure what the target audience was for this program? Automotive enthusiasts, 'Celebrity Jungle' viewers? Neither would have been happy at this result. I know TV is a 'stitch up' job but give us some credit! It was patronising stuff. The "accidental reversing bump" was toe curling. Shame, waste of an opportunity for an informative program and a waste of an e-type car.

  • Very Bad

    over 1 year ago

    Very Bad

    It brought a tear to my eye when the car was accidentally reversed into the engine crane. I was expecting the car to explode into a ball of flames and wipe out cast, crew and production team and so free up the time slot for something else vaguely more interesting.

  • April Fool

    over 1 year ago

    April Fool

    This programme can only be part of an elaborate April Fools joke by Channel 5. Hang tight viewers, all will be revealed April 1st 2013.

  • Ed China

    over 1 year ago

    Ed China

    At least my short, fat, loud co-presenter isn't bald.

  • Dale.icious

    over 1 year ago

    Dale.icious

    Personally, I enjoyed the programme, despite all of the other comments.

  • Rank Badjin

    over 1 year ago

    Rank Badjin

    What an appalling waste of bandwidth; you've taken a mildly irritating US television programme format and rendered it unwatchable; not only is the byplay between the yank and the cockney a tissue-thin pretence and extremely irksome with it, the pointless false jeopardy makes my teeth itch. Then there's the ridiculous bodgery perpetrated on the car; bucketloads of filler instead of correcting the steelwork and inexplicable scrapyard searches for knackered rubbish to bolt on to it. The fatuous voice over filled with platitudes and factual inaccuracies brought me to the edge, then the fact the gimcrack low budget animator couldn't shift himself to model the rear suspension correctly pushed me over the abyss; I switched over to avert the risk of me throwing something at the TV.

  • Iain

    over 1 year ago

    Iain

    While I was watching, my wife said "If you say "what the hell are they doing?" once more, I'll scream." Abysmal, not just from an engineering point of view, but poorly made and as phony as an American wrestling match. Having said that, I can't wait for next week to see what sort of a pig's ear they make of a 911. That American professes to be some kind of expert on the marque.!!!!!

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  • Chris

    over 1 year ago

    Chris

    Restored? You mean patched up! I do this for a living and this is utter rubbish! The average commision rebuild on an e type is going to cost you around 100K! £7k whatever guys!!! I think they need to buy a Hawk and a Skimming trowel for the amount of filler!! We use nearly no filler where possible, we use metal!!! We also restore Jag XK 120-140-150's too! £30k says it all really!! Reflects the quality of the build!

  • jagskoda

    over 1 year ago

    jagskoda

    Truly dreadful. Badly informed and misleading from first to last. When will these TV producers realise their viewers are better informed and more intelligent than they give them credit for?

  • andrew 1973

    over 1 year ago

    andrew 1973

    message to alan.i agree i restore cars i have an austin 1100 at home .but restore e,types xk.s and aston martins at work.

  • Edward

    over 1 year ago

    Edward

    Great idea, terrible show, all that stupid arguing, nowhere near enough detail as to how they restore the car. Wheeler Dealers is a masterpiece compared to this rubbish.

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago

    Alan

    message to andrew 1973, I agree with you there, but there are people who love classics and desire to have one out of love and passion but never could afford one; lots of people want a Ferrari but know they'll never get one. Like I said, I'm not sticking up for those bodgers, not one bit nor the way in which they went about restoring that car.

  • andrew 1973

    over 1 year ago

    andrew 1973

    message to alan yes 50 grand would be the price u say people cant afford a family car if thats true then they wouldnt want an e.type anyway.as for the scrapyard they werent even jag bits.all exotic classics are expensive so if u want a bodged up wreck then trust bernie.if u want a nice one its gonna cost big time

  • Mark

    over 1 year ago

    Mark

    Just emailed Adrian Flux to find out if they generally recommend using brake discs, exhausts and shock absorbers from skips on high performance classic cars that they insure.....

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago

    Alan

    I am in now way sympathetic of the bodgers and their work, nor to C5 for this utter drivel, however, I do feel that it showed that things could be done much cheaper (albeit very unprofessionally). People are harking on about "a proper job would cost £50,000 to do", yet I'd really love to know anyone who has anywhere near £50,000 to restore an e type or buy one at all; people seem to forget that that is hell of alot of money, even today. The majority of us (and I'm speaking of the true working class in this country and not some wealthy manager, business man, builder, accountant, etc) but people who work day in and day out for minimum wage and peanut wages who can barely afford a £10k family car. Prices for e type parts are ridiculous and I'm not joking; a chrome door strip from parts companies is something in the region of £100, woodrim steering wheel £250-300, complete bonnet anywhere from £2,000 or around £9,000 for an alloy bonnet. No wonder those clowns went to a scrap yard, and they're won't be the only ones that will do the work on the cheap and less professionally. To those who love the E Type but can never afford a properly restored £60k upward example, the best option would be to get a more affordable (and less hassle-free and often less costly to run) fibreglass replica.

  • Mike Brewer

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Brewer

    My God. Makes Wheeler Dealers look like a work of art.

  • really bad

    over 1 year ago

    really bad

    Bad. Oh so bad.

  • Leepu

    over 1 year ago

    Leepu

    You've cocked up again Bernie!

  • mikey0273

    over 1 year ago

    mikey0273

    This programme was an absolute load of tosh! I teach people to restore cars properly and i was raging at the tv whilst watching these jokers. I can't even begin to start about what was wrong with the show and agree with many of the comments that this is a missed opportunity for a true to life show about the fantastic work done in this country restoring classic cars. We have the best people in the world working in this country and we need to shout about it a bit more showing how much work it really takes to do a car properly. This sort of show will only take us straight back to the dark days when people lashed up cars with chicken wire, newspaper and filler then paint them to make a quick profit. Channel 5 please take note of these comments, we want a proper programme with an enthusiast presenter showing proper resto work.

  • Made my eyes bleed

    over 1 year ago

    Made my eyes bleed

    Can i suggest that the name and genre of the programme be changed? It was surely a documentary "How back street cowboys botched cars in the 1970's" Worst piece of television i think i have ever suffered

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  • Neil

    over 1 year ago

    Neil

    I was looking forward to watching this series, but was let down by the botched way of working, fake reality, and foul language. The overall programme production was poor quality, and the presenters had no clue about car restoration. A sunroof on an E-type Jag! There is a viewing market of a restoration-type programme with proper home enthusiasts, and this programme is a lost opportunity. I wont bother watching the restf the series, or anything involving the 2 buffoons.

  • JML

    over 1 year ago

    JML

    Dreadful, truly dreadful. I've worked in the car industry for my entire working life, of over 40 years and I own my own classic, so I'd like to think I've got some idea which is more than can be said for whoever was behind this. Eg - How do you 'repair a piston' in an engine ? Please, just cancel the show before you make a laughing stock of yourselves.

  • Vincent

    over 1 year ago

    Vincent

    Unbelievable! In every way possible. Channel 5 really has plumbed new depths. What utter rubbish! These two bodgers gives the restoration industry a bad image.

  • Monty Zoomer

    over 1 year ago

    Monty Zoomer

    That was absolute rubbish!

  • alan

    over 1 year ago

    alan

    should be call the how not to do it restoration . comedy programme

  • jackie

    over 1 year ago

    jackie

    i cant see the show, but after seeing the comments glad i cant lol, i have a classic car and would have a heart attack if it were not looked after properly, there and many car restorers around, but a good one, is one in a million, and loves their job, and anyone who owns a classic car knows who to go to

  • SIMON

    over 1 year ago

    SIMON

    £30k - you must be joking - the most undesirable E Type of all - and id hate to see it up close!

  • DAVID J. GOULD

    over 1 year ago

    DAVID J. GOULD

    I THOUGHT IT WAS'NT TO BAD,I HAVE RESTORED CARS IN THE PAST,AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE CLASSIC CARS RESTORED AND BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE,I PREFER OLDER CLASSIC CARS THAN ALL THE NEW CRAP TODAY,GOOD SHOW,KEEP IT UP CH 5,ABOUT TIME SOMEONE GOT CLASSIC STUFF ON THE ROAD,THANKS CH 5,FOR A GOOD SHOW.

  • Peter

    over 1 year ago

    Peter

    And Channel 5 dumped Fifth Gear for this???

  • Shimmy

    over 1 year ago

    Shimmy

    I won't be watching this load of rubbish again

  • dudleybloke

    over 1 year ago

    dudleybloke

    cant believe you got rid of 5th gear and give us this crud.

  • neil

    over 1 year ago

    neil

    i might enter to win it then do a proper resto on it and sell it them back

  • Stewart

    over 1 year ago

    Stewart

    Couldn't CH5 afford Wheeler Dealers? Reasonable, 'brain ou't viewing though.

  • neil

    over 1 year ago

    neil

    first comment that was made in program was a former owner fitted a non standard sunroof, why the hell was it not corrected, all things like that devalue classic cars, i have done restoration for 20 years i have never seen such crap, you never leave engine in when restoring or leave panels on, anyone car builder knows to paint a car it easier to have doors and bonnet seperate to get into all corners the inside wasnt painted, what a botch job, bernie should stick to chopshops, as for that other guy , he;s never worked on a car in his life, pair of idiots

  • Toby

    over 1 year ago

    Toby

    It's good to see Channel 5 set their standard for programming so low but then have a show that fails to even reach that. The two presenters would be out of their depth in a puddle and the lack of skill shown in the restoration was frightening. Perhaps Channel 5 could do a show with more merit such as 'Watching paint dry' or 'Watching grass grow', both shows would probably do a better job at restoring a car than the two clowns they used for this show !

  • Michael Summers

    over 1 year ago

    Michael Summers

    Such a shame, could have been a great programme. To PROPERLY restore an E Type in the project's starting condirion would cost closer to £50,000. ALL mechanicals need stripping cleaning overhaul etc. Engine needed full stripdown,gearbox pro transmission specialist overhaul. It costs over a £1,000 in parts alone to properly overhaul the rear suspension. Trim was nice bit cowboyed, 'white piping' please. What helps value is restoration to ORIGINAL specification. Nicely applied paitwork,questionable preparation, wrong colour and a hole in the roof that should have been filled. Being serious there is no way a LHS 2+2 Auto could justify a proper rebuild. As presented a halfway decent car emerged that needs another £10K spent , fix the roof,properly rebuild the engine and suspension, NEW not ex scrap skip skocks and springs. Keep the shiny new chrome. You can't repair a piston without stripping the engine. Done RIGHT it might then make £30,000 to a customer not put off by LHD auto, NON-Original colour. As it stood £15,000 as aproject was all iot was worth. Check the classifieds there are loads of similar semi bodged cars around for that or less. Quick flash over, cheap trim kit and bodge the mechanicals. Opportunity lost Channel 5, shame could have been great.

  • Hunt

    over 1 year ago

    Hunt

    Who in their right mind commissioned this appalling programme, and even worse approved it for national broadcast? Did anyone at Ch5 review it before it was shown and if so how on earth can they justify broadcasting it? The production company and producer should be ashamed of themselves. Peurile, immature, ill-informed and badly made rubbish.

  • Phil Bradford

    over 1 year ago

    Phil Bradford

    Loved it ... Especially like the shiny stuff and the hairstyles.

  • mph

    over 1 year ago

    mph

    What a missed opportunity, so many of my friends reminded me to watch this and we were all disappointed. Amateurish rubbish from a couple of botch merchants. I could take the stupid banter if they at least knew what they were doing.

  • Simon

    over 1 year ago

    Simon

    What a load of complete rubbish - either a pack of lies or complete ignorance. Neither of which is excusable.

  • Ricky

    over 1 year ago

    Ricky

    An hour of my life I will never get back. Two of the most unpleasant presenters ever to make it on to the box doing unspeakable things to a nice car. C5 has aired some dross over the years but this turkey wins all the prizes.

  • Chris Gale

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Gale

    I think you would have much better viewing figures in both quantity and quality if you ran a series with a proper restoration using subject matter experts - perhaps with a race or a rally at the end .... lots of us out here want to both restore cars properly and race them. You could have two teams - three months of time and five or six programmes to a series ... This E type Programme was at best very poor ....

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  • Bernie

    over 1 year ago

    Bernie

    I reerly enjoyd this show. The 2 blokes were top geezers and the show was a fine balance of well researched historical interest, tense dramer and qualty entertaynmunt. Im hoping to win the car and have rung up the Competition hotline loads of times. This could be bigger than top gear or wheeler deeler as it gives you the chance towin a lovely classic car. I hope they make another series but this time have the presenters in luxary locations with lots of girls and driving a Ferrari like a modern Miyami vice but with classic cars. Thank you channel 5 for making the best show ever.

  • samsung

    over 1 year ago

    samsung

    too many adverts whats the bloody point in hundreds of adverts every five secs??!! secondly the narrator talks to much in here he needs to shutup

  • Mike

    over 1 year ago

    Mike

    Shame on Channel 5 for commissioning this utter shower of drivel, "Bernie" slagging of a quite normal housing estate got my back up for starters, the car body was just repaired with filler before the staged crash with the engine in the workshop, scrap car parts which weren't even from a Jag (Vauxhall Corsa) being used in the "restro". The two presenters are clueless and rude, the their over the top showboating was just embarrassing. Honestly it was the worse car show I've ever seen on TV and it's done more harm then good for the genuine classic car enthusiast. No wonder this show has got such a bad slating all over the internet.

  • Pedro

    over 1 year ago

    Pedro

    Sadly another program suffering from Dumbed Down Syndrome. Fake reality fake anger and deadlines, staged "accidents". Even the "stooge dealer/ tradesmen" who sold scrap E-type parts or "worked all night" to finish the paint could not keep their faces straight when they said their lines! They just took the money and laughed.What is the outcome of this? A dumbed down restoration of a car. Like all TV now a quick fix that is only as real as the depth of the paint/make-up. We have only ourselves to blame just as long as we are part of the X-factor/Facebook generation that has to watch TV that is made with the prime objective of gaining the most viewers for the advertising to sell us the consumer the most stuff. Still it gives us old school cynics something to talk about. Shame really I would have preferred to watch it and think, wow that was great , instead of, they tried to con us again, do they really have to do all that fake reality cr*p to get an audience. So Sad.

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago

    Alan

    This show is only going to cement the notion more into potential classic car and e type buyers heads to be ever more cautious when or who they buy them from; it's not going to instill confidence in either the customer or mechanic/restorer thanks to those two clowns. I agree that there will be much worse examples out there from so-called restorers who demand ridiculous price-tags from their restored e types, just look at any classic car websites and you'll many e types well over-priced even if they have been looked after or restored well. Some fetching £90,000 lol, which is unimaginable money for most of us working classes to comprehend; who's buying one, Prince Charles?

  • Hans

    over 1 year ago

    Hans

    So, so disappointing. I thought this was going to be a programme showing skilled professionals demonstrating their techniques .Instead we got two fat blokes pretending to shout at each other for the camera, no mechanicals and some horrid botched bodywork. Total rubbish.

  • tony warren

    over 1 year ago

    tony warren

    Absolute rubbish, this is the worst car related program ever

  • Paul

    over 1 year ago

    Paul

    was really looking forward to watching this but the other comments hit the nail on the head. it was a bodge job from start to finish!

  • Nick

    over 1 year ago

    Nick

    After reading all the comments I would say this. Who would do a proper restoration on a car as you all suggest with absolutely no hope of a return on the investment. You all bark about doing it properly and at the same time admit its lack of desirability. Surely its final price WILL dictate how much effort is expended. I am sure there are classic cars being restored every day worse than in this programme by so called restorers and being sold for top money otherwise there would be no profit and no business

  • Barking Botting

    over 1 year ago

    Barking Botting

    Boy I was well up for this episode and even managed to get the wife to watch it with me as she has a passing interest in my passion for all things Jaguar XJ Series II Coupés.... but would you believe it the pair of us were within minutes willing on the commercial breaks as we subjected to gaf after gaf! The final straw was the red gloss respray and adding insult to injury was the well commented upon Citroen Saxo sunroof retention. At the end the Missus was not too upset when I declined her kind offer to enter the draw on my behalf at her cost. Now looking forward to next weeks comments from the Porsche 911 fraternity :0)

  • Steve Tyler

    over 1 year ago

    Steve Tyler

    Good grief, how bad was that? What a waste of 45 mins but what a relief I didn't watch it live. Can Channel 5 get their money back? Abysmal programme.

  • Astontim

    over 1 year ago

    Astontim

    probably the worst classic car related programme even shown on TV. Two clueless characters making a complete bodge of everything. A complete restoration????? including shock absorbers rescued from a skip, not only ridiculous but dangerous as well. I hope who ever wins this pile of rubbish gets its checked by a competent mechanic before it goes anywhere near the public highway.

  • Paul

    over 1 year ago

    Paul

    How do you "repair a worn piston" ? Did they use body filler on that too? I wouldn't let those muppets restore a scalextric car. This is so bad it makes Pimp my ride look like a documentary.

  • Dan

    over 1 year ago

    Dan

    I honestly don't know if this show was: a) deliberately intended to be a farce to a level that most car lovers would find offensive or... b) the worst drivel that has ever been commissioned for terrestrial TV I assume it was b.

  • paul Kavanagh

    over 1 year ago

    paul Kavanagh

    love the show just want to be able to watch it.

  • Richard

    over 1 year ago

    Richard

    Even as a reasonable classic car novice (Triumphs, TVR's) I can see that this is absolute garbage! Insulting to the people who would have tuned in for this sort of programme.

  • Mark

    over 1 year ago

    Mark

    Did anybody at Channel 5 actually watch this utter rubbish before it was broadcast. Appalling. Mike Brewer and Edd China - all is forgiven.

  • anon

    over 1 year ago

    anon

    beyond embarrasing. pretty sure that sunroof was the same as the one fitted to my old saxo disgrace

  • andrew troy

    over 1 year ago

    andrew troy

    worst programme of all time

  • andrew troy

    over 1 year ago

    andrew troy

    worst programme of all time

  • Jim Playford

    over 1 year ago

    Jim Playford

    Please please please Channel 5, pull the plug on these cowboys before they do more damage to any more classic cars, and the classic car world in general, if you want to make a programme about two idiots playing at restoration, let them loose on some old banger, not a classic E-type.

  • andy 1973

    over 1 year ago

    andy 1973

    worst car programme ever.been a classic car restorer and working on e types properly that show made a mock of what car restorers do.a proper resto would be about 50 grand you cant buy restore and sell and make money.unless its bodged .what a sham if u cant do it properly then dont use such a desirable car as an e type.the muppet who priced it should b stacking shelves in tesco.cant wait to see the next heap so i can read all the bad comments day after..

  • John

    over 1 year ago

    John

    Sorry this programme was very poor, even compared with some american restoration programmes on Sky. If your going to do a programme on restoration show the restoration, not a pair of clowns!

  • Pete

    over 1 year ago

    Pete

    Holy Smoke. Knowing a bit about cars, watching programs like this that are so, so far off the mark, so contrived, and so poorly reflecting what they are supposed to represent, makes me question every single program on TV about subjects in which I am not familiar. A total pantomime.

  • mick  [MAGPIE]

    over 1 year ago

    mick [MAGPIE]

    better than the usual Monday night rubbish. there should be more programmes like this,very enjoyable .what ever happened to LEEPU????

  • DelBoy

    over 1 year ago

    DelBoy

    I hope I don't win it.

  • Stuart hall

    over 1 year ago

    Stuart hall

    From reading the comments it looks like Channel 5 have got a winner on their hands here.

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  • mr tickle

    over 1 year ago

    mr tickle

    total rubbish a very poor wheeler dealers rip off ch5 would have done better to move that to primetime

  • GNO

    over 1 year ago

    GNO

    As if the Motor Trade didn't have a bad enough name already these cowboys take the biscuit!!

  • David

    over 1 year ago

    David

    I thought using adhesive to stick new interior lining on rusty metal was interesting.

  • JRS

    over 1 year ago

    JRS

    Anybody with a modicum of sence and respect for a beautiful classic car no matter what the make or model would not let this pair of unskilled chancers anyhere near a car,totally fake in every way,and n way was that done in four weeks, certainly wont be watching the rest

  • dave taylor

    over 1 year ago

    dave taylor

    i watched this show it was great and it made me laugh and they did a good job on the car what could be wrong with that?

  • gordon

    over 1 year ago

    gordon

    complete rubbish

  • Paul G.

    over 1 year ago

    Paul G.

    Unbelievably bad programme. Was it made by a team of drug crazed monkeys? Utter rubbish, Channel 5 should be ashamed of it.

  • James

    over 1 year ago

    James

    Well done Channel 5! I thought Big Brother was the worst show on television, but I underestimated your unique talent for finding interesting ideas then turning them into complete piles of rubbish. Please do the decent thing and cancel this show now.

  • Ben

    over 1 year ago

    Ben

    This is not just the worst car show on tv, it is probably the very worst tv show of any kind I have ever seen. This was the first thing I've ever watched on Channel 5. If this is the standard of stuff to come then I think I'll try and detune the channel from my tv.

  • Moss

    over 1 year ago

    Moss

    Absolutely awful. The concept is good but the execution and presentation dire. The reputation of the 'Market Expert' who valued the car must now be tarnished.

  • Dennis

    over 1 year ago

    Dennis

    I thought this had the makings of a good show... then I watched it. In the hands of real car enthusiasts it could have been an interesting look into the car restoration process. I suppose that's too much to ask of TV nowadays.

  • Pamela

    over 1 year ago

    Pamela

    Finally a classic car show on telly!! It was rubbish wasn't it. All stage managed bumps and tantrums for effect. Bet they paid 5K for the crappy E-type (Why ditch the lovely original white for lipstick!) Anyway if I win it I'm dropping a full length webasto in the roof...

  • Hamish

    over 1 year ago

    Hamish

    I was looking forward to the show but was hugely disappointed. Any classic enthusiast knows that a S2 LHD 2+2 auto is the least desirable E-type by a country mile. Add a 1980's pop-up sunfoof and it all becomes pitiful. The 'finished' car looked like a tarted up glossed up bodge - USA style front bumper and whitewalls to set off the sunroof no doubt. Someone at Adrian Flux must have a face the colour of the E-type fo associating the company with this garbage. An opportunity wasted - what a terrible shame.

  • Tony

    over 1 year ago

    Tony

    The quality of the restoration, the set up of the 'crash', the astonishing naivety of the presenters, ridiculous costs (6 chaps full time for 4 weeks, plus parts = £6400??), and then finally - the ludicrous valuation. It was frustrating to watch, unfortunately. It's no wonder the car's being given away.

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  • Neil Collins

    over 1 year ago

    Neil Collins

    Just watched a bit again and it doesn't get better on 2nd viewing. Scrapheap Challenge meets 60 Minute Makeover, throw in Phil Mitchel from Eastenders and some nobody from the States to give US interest and what do you get? drivel. AND.. what was all that tripe about belching white smoke from too much oil in the carb dashpots!! Doesn't anyone on the prog know how a car works?

  • John S..

    over 1 year ago

    John S..

    Just watched on the internet, as a lightweight car show it's OK, we need more car and bike shows anyway. So what if they are set up to argue. But then I used to watch Pimp my Ride, and the Car is Reborn etc with Mark Evans.The Internet version doesnt have the adverts in the right place, they chop off what is being said, come back to the progamme, and then go to what should be the advert break. And no competition a the end of the internet versio.

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  • Bob

    over 1 year ago

    Bob

    If you'd buy a classic from these guys, look out!

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  • Merlin the Magician

    over 1 year ago

    Merlin the Magician

    All this programme achieves is to show restorers in a very bad light. Truly genuine restorers would not behave in this manner. Oh and by the way, a 2+2 E-type would never make £30,000 and I speak as an expert in the marque and in the market place.

  • no chance

    over 1 year ago

    no chance

    left hand drive sunroof £30,000 no chace !!!!

  • Paulo

    over 1 year ago

    Paulo

    This program certainly wasn't what I was expecting. What could have been an interesting series has been made shocking by the use of bad language and what appears to be cowboy techniques. The guys are clearly skilled but I'm not sure the program reflects it. I certainly wouldn't want to buy a car off of them - nor for that matter win the E-Type they've just "restored" (if you can call it that!).

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago

    Alan

    I presume that the reason they don't have experts on car shows anymore is to dumb us down with idiotic antics (Top Gear, reality-style) and shows over-dramatic scenes with stuid fast camera angles, cheesy zoom-ins, stupid low angle shots (which in this episode helped to hide the 2+2's ugly looks), ugly filters, etc to appeal to the younger generation who will never appreciate the joys, hardwork and dedication of mechanics and are only interested in two people swearing and shouting at each other like kids. Then they rub our noses in with a dose of Henry Pearman showing off his prestige collection of very expensive E-Types which most of us will never be able to afford even if we sold our homes. Yeah, I wish we all could acquire e type parts from nowhere and set up a restoration business selling modified E-Types at around £150-200k like it's no big deal.

  • mick

    over 1 year ago

    mick

    nice idea, ruined by a couple of barrow boys. why dont they make TV programmes using experts anymore?

  • Alex McGuffie

    over 1 year ago

    Alex McGuffie

    Only seen the first half hour so far but might watch the rest to see if it can get any worse! I'd imagine you couldn't trust your car to two more dodgy Geeezzzaaas who only seem to be in it to make a quick dollar (not pound as it seems to be based on an American series). Who in their right mind would fit rusty second hand brake disks to a rebuilt car! I'm sure Ch5 could do a better job. Try following one of the top end restorers who do it for the love of it. I guess the chuckle brothers have already ruined next weeks Porsche....

  • pfff

    over 1 year ago

    pfff

    How many time did they recap what they did :-( zzzzz

  • theburnster

    over 1 year ago

    theburnster

    Hi, very entertaining programme,of course it is very contrived-but it is entertainment!!!. Who would want an hours worth of someone sanding a wing down,or fitting a wiring loom?? We should have more progs like this on,all slagging it off will do will prevent more being made. That sunroof was awful tho'!

  • Jerry

    over 1 year ago

    Jerry

    Far too much about the presenters and not enough about the car. Very amateurish, no serious attempt at quality restoration. Were either of them trained mechanics? A great disappointment. Shan't watch another in the series.

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  • Neil Collins

    over 1 year ago

    Neil Collins

    I am with Mr Bradford on this one. I was looking forward to a programme with informative content and a little history of the particular vehicle. What we had was a sort of 60 minute make over on wheels, presented by a couple of characters I wouldn't trust further than I could throw a piano doing a botch job. Programme is a missed opportunity.

  • John

    over 1 year ago

    John

    This is pretty awful. It's not even very believable but then that's reality TV for you.

  • David Carington

    over 1 year ago

    David Carington

    This is only slightly better than pimp my ride. The quality of the restoration was exactly what I would expect from an MOT centre. The painter probably did a good job but the body needed another 500 hours before it was ready. They could have presented a fibreglass replica to the clueless chump with the clipboard and he would not have noticed. I would value this car at 12k in it's current "restored" state. Dont watch this programme if you are a restorer, it will only annoy you.

  • mike clarke

    over 1 year ago

    mike clarke

    phil bradford obviously your a bit upset over this restoration.well they may have made some mistake but what you must realise is that it is an entertainment programme thats why its on tv. If you dont like it, go and get yourself on university challenge because you boast about all this knowledge about classic cars. get over yourself mate and except it for what it is. another great show berni, you got passion about any car and that will do for me.

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago

    Alan

    Yes, I agree that this 'restoration' was awful & should've been done properly. To start with, the car should've been stripped down, all the inside took out and then the body shotblasted before any respraying took place. For £8000 that it cost it em, I'm not surprised it was a bodge job; a restoration cost of around £50,000 would've been more realistic. We finally had a decent car programme that showed potential, but was sadly ruined by its amateurishness, fake reality TV style content who two blokes you couldn't trust to tell you the time.

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  • David Staines

    over 1 year ago

    David Staines

    I have to agree with Phil...I'm cringing at thought of them doing the 911 next week! And that guy with the clipboard?? What were they thinking of with that sunroof?

  • Richard

    over 1 year ago

    Richard

    A series 2, 2+2, LHD auto, probably the least desirable E Type of them all, given possibly the worst bodge job 'restoration' I have ever seen. No way would that heap ever fetch £30k, at auction I doubt it would even fetch £20k. They painted it, after filling the bodywork with tons of filler, with the interior and running gear still in place then rebuilt the brakes and suspension with bits from a scrapyard. I hope whoever wins it strips it down to it's component parts and does the job properly next time.

  • Colin

    over 1 year ago

    Colin

    Great programme I wish there were more like this one TV far to many soaps and realality shows , very few like this. Only critisism is that it wasn't long enough.

  • Phil Bradford

    over 1 year ago

    Phil Bradford

    In all of my years of working with Classic Cars, (over 35 years), I have never seen such a load of rubbish in all of my life. I know my jaguars &many others, it is quite obvious that they have no idea about Classic Cars. These are he type of people who brought the Classic Car market to it's knees in the late 80's/early 90's doing up classics on the cheap & totally destroying the market. The whole program is a disgrace to the true Classic Car restorers I offer a Challenge to the 2 people in question as to how to do it properly & to test their knowledge against me as to what they think they know about Classic Cars, Let's see if they are Man enough to take on the Challenge. Finally the Gentleman who came to inspect the Vehicle had no Idea what to look for on this type of Car, so I offer him the same Challenge, Me against him on any British Classic as to what he would look for & What I know about them. The Gauntlet is down so who will take up my CHALLENGE

  • Roddy Brown

    over 1 year ago

    Roddy Brown

    Loved E types as a boy in the sixties, love them just the same approaching my sixties. Enjoy watching restorations that keep ALL classic vehicles alive in this throw away society. Next please!

  • jonno

    over 1 year ago

    jonno

    Enjoying the banter , great car , looking forward to the Porsche

  • ron wood

    over 1 year ago

    ron wood

    dont like criticism then!

  • jonno

    over 1 year ago

    jonno

    great show , love the banter, between the two guys, what a great car , looking forward to episode 2 with the Porsche ;-)

  • ron wood

    over 1 year ago

    ron wood

    good idea.....ruined by amateurish over dramatising of the situations.... embarrassingly boring......just concentrate on the projects the work is fascinating

  • Mark

    over 1 year ago

    Mark

    I'd like them to rescue my rs2000 mk2 escort

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