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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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The BBC program now showing on Discovery HD Theater channel is doing the repair of a '72 Spider Veloce. It shows in two 1/2 hour segments back to back. Here in San Diego county, it's on Cox channel 735. I haven't watched the whole show yet, but wanted to let everyone know about it.

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 06:06 PM
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This guy really is a wheeler dealer. Sold the Alfa for 4500 pounds after spending a total of 3125 pounds. Repainted the front to mask nose damage fixed with bondo.

Best wishes to the buyer (a gal).

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Watch on YouTube

The programs are available on YouTube now. Go to YouTube and search for '"Wheeler Dealers Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce S4E5" (part 1) and "Wheeler Dealers S04E06 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce" (part 2). Actually quite entertaining....

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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-02-2015, 05:17 PM
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love the show but the whole "investment/profit" thing is stupid and unrealistic on every level. Just keep buying old cool cars and refurb them - good enough.
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^ Exactly


Ok this is how it goes.....


Short bloke goes out to find a interesting auto

Short bloke finds one and pays say ..2000£

Short bloke brings car to Tall bloke to see what he can fix or improve on the car cause it's a bit tired.

Tall bloke spends 180 hours in his shop taking it completely apart doing repairs and then puts it all back together with say 500£ in parts.

Short and tall bloke take said car for ride, talk about how nice the car came out after all the work.

Short bloke places ad to sell said car.

Short bloke sells car for 2900£ smiles and boasts that he made 400 Quid profit.


That said...Who the **** paid the Tall bloke for all his time,sweat and garage space useage?

Does this Tall bloke work for free? I would love someone to rebuild my whole car and not charge me anything but for the parts he used. He must be daft in some way


Short bloke must have went barmy to thinking he has a 'reality' show on his hands. It's far from it.....pffft
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You miss the point which is " to bring back to life tired classics" The 240Z show is a good example and featured the lady who makes cams for Richard Jemison.

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there is also Alfasud "Wheeler Dealers S12E12 Alfa Romeo Alfasud "

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I like the show and have read a bit of the interviews on the "how about the value of Edd's time" and such. It's a TV show. Anyway, I did read a follow up to the Spider on the latest owner. The gal sold it apparently. The rubber carb mounts weren't the only issue with the running, the carbs turned out to needed rebuilt and IIRC there was more rust in the rear that came out and made a mess. Anyway, it's a TV show. The Alfasud is very interesting. You think the're hard to find in England? Here in Italy they are very difficult to find in decent shape. Driven some, fun car. ciao chris

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Yes, I believe the car was known in Alfa circles here, and turned out to be a pup...

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I love the show and in recent episodes they at least mention the amount of time Ed spends on the resto. That said, its a TV show. Watch Fantomworks if you want a more realistic idea of what an actual restoration jobs takes. In that show you see that it typically takes months as well as tens of thousands of dollars for most real restoration jobs.
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Why do I love Wheeler Dealers?
  • The hosts. Mike and Edd have great chemistry and they have mastered being humorous on a TV car show.
  • The cars. The cars are interesting and the premise to keep them on the road works for me.
  • The haggling. We can all learn from Mike.
  • The tech tips. There's always something to learn from Edd for an amateur mechanic.

A few weeks back I was laughing out loud when they did a Volvo PV544, which was my second car. The one Mike purchased was in much better shape than my 1965 ever was.

I agree that Fantomworks is a more realistic representation for someone who's paying a professional to restore a car. OTOH if you're interested in cars and something of a tinkerer, Wheeler Dealers is a joy.

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Ed does love the rattle paint cans. It's amusing but the only "profit" they make is the paycheck for being on the show.
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It is entertaining. And none of that fake deadline drama or personality clashes.

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It is entertaining. And none of that fake deadline drama or personality clashes.
oh now that does sound good! I like "mechanical" shows but can't stand the ridiculous drama on most of them. I'll have to check it out.

I used to like the haggling on "American Restoration" - he'd quote a price - say $5000 - and the client would try to talk him down and he'd think about it a minute and add the estimated hours up again and say "no, I think $5000 is what it's gonna take". I guess the channel format required some haggling though so that's what they did!

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For you fans Probably the only good part of the show .


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