There’s a new series of Wheeler Dealers coming to Discovery, starting on Monday 2 March. It’ll see motor maestro Mike Brewer and his right-hand-man Ant Anstead buy and restore classic cars from a variety of eras: everything from new-millennium heroes all the way back to the 1950s. These are the cars of the new series of Wheeler Dealers, in the order that you’ll see them.
2004 BMW M3
The first car you’ll see when the series begins is a 2004 (E46) BMW M3. This is widely considered the best M3 ever made (sorry, E30 diehards), and an essential modern classic to consider.
There are niggles, however. The rear subframes are a common issue, but according to the episode description, Mike made sure his car had that sorted. What Ant will be contending with, however, is the gearbox, which Mike has challenged him to transform with ‘new tech’.
Volvo Amazon 122
At the other end of the scale is a Volvo Amazon 122. This classic Swede has rally heritage, and drew Mike out to the pacific northwest to buy one. While the prospect of a ‘barn find’ sounds exciting to us, for mechanics like Ant, it could prove a nightmare.
Happily, this one looks in reasonable shape, and ripe for a restoration, although pictures can be deceiving. Ant is tasked with ‘making it roadworthy before the guys know the true scope of the work ahead’.
A very topical classic, given a new one is due later this year, is the Ford Bronco. They’ve always been a well-loved machine, but have recently become highly collectable.
Mike has picked himself up a fifth-generation Bronco for episode three. Ant will need to put his best foot forward on this one, given it hits the block at the biggest collector car auction in the world, Barrett Jackson.
Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider is a pure-bred classic Italian roadster. Unfortunately, that can spell trouble for those trying to repair them. Mike’s is a 1972 car, described as a ‘survivor’.
Supposedly, ‘the driving experience leaves a lot to be desired’. To get it sorted, Ant tackles a leaky differential, among other mechanical gremlins. Mike, meanwhile, stays (relatively) clean sorting the tatty interior.
Toyota Celica ST
The Toyota Celica is an iconic sports car from the Japanese marque, eventually giving birth to the legendary Supra. But this car came long before the Supra came to dominate movie screens and car forums.
Mike ‘finds a powerful solution to a rough-running engine’ in the 1972 example he picks up in episode four. That sounds very intriguing indeed, while Ant is due to test his fabrication skills.
Mercedes E55 AMG
The E55 AMG was Mercedes’ answer to the BMW M5 in the early 2000s. With a thunderous V8 and sleeper looks, you’d be hard-pressed to tell if your taxi had the pace of a supercar.
Unfortunately, most E55s were used quite hard, and they can be problematic – as the gents find out in episode 5. Their 2002 example is neglected and in need of a major service from Ant.
If Merkur doesn’t sound familiar to you, but XR4Ti does, that’s because this was a Sierra in other markets. Not quite the Cosworth that followed, but a bona fide classic all the same, these are rare beasts.
For Wheeler Dealers, Mike found a 1985 competition shell. Ant is tasked with making this Merkur euro-spec, with bits from Sierras that these cars never received.
Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser was very nearly the death-knell for Land Rover. Such was the influence of this utilitarian go-anywhere tank. Still on sale today, the Land Cruiser has been traversing the more inhospitable parts of the planet for five decades.
Mike and Ant find a Land Cruiser in reasonable shape, which is in need of an upgrade to make it suitable for modern roads. It falls to Ant to fit a Japanese-spec five-speed gearbox, in place of the four-speeder holding it at a snail’s pace.
Mike’s pride and joy
This should be an episode with a difference, given it’s titled ‘Mike’s pride and joy’. If you’re a Brewer aficionado, you’ll know he’s fond of Porsche 911s. Naturally, the subject of the episode is a 1982 911 SC.