eBay, the official official parts and accessories partner for the Silverstone Classic festival, made the deadline and restored a 1983 Range Rover in just three days.
Having challenged racing driver and car restorer Fergus Walkinshaw to revive the vehicle in front of a live audience at eBay’s RESTORATION LIVE, the team of mechanics completed the work in record time ready for its unveiling on stage at the Mike Brewer Car Clinic on Sunday.
The aim of the Restoration Live project was to demonstrated to the race goers and car enthusiasts at the Silverstone Classic that eBay is the premier destination for car parts and accessories in the UK. It should be the first destination you go to whether you’re restoring a classic motor or servicing your humble Ford Focus – with 100’s of 100’s of sellers, you can source just about every car part you could ever need.
Starting at 7.00am on Friday morning, Fergus and his team of skilled mechanics guided the crowd through every step of the project as they renovated the iconic first-generation Range Rover using only parts bought from online marketplace eBay.
The project included replacing the suspension and the exhaust system, as well as a host of other jobs. The Range Rover was returned to its original condition, even sourcing rare parts such as a section of carpet covering the spare wheel and the front bumper trim.
On Sunday afternoon, the off-roader was driven onto the eBay stage for Mike Brewer’s Car Clinic in front of a crowd of festival-goers.
Mike described the breakneck restoration as “a miracle”. “If you had seen this car three days ago, you would not have believed it could have looked like this,” he said on stage, before Fergus took the crowd through the process of sourcing hundreds of parts from eBay and overhauling the car in just under three days.
When Fergus handed back the keys to the proud owner live on the eBay stage, he presented him with the original sales brochure from 1983 too. Fergus was able to find every part he needed from eBay, using 80 business sellers from the online marketplace ensuring that he had everything his team needed.
The time lapse below shows the entire three day restoration:
I run a prestige car business and have done a lot of restorations of older classics over the years.I couldn’t help but notice that after your so called restoration the n/s headlamp was so knackered it would probably have failed an mot.Also noticed the saggy headcloth was ignored and the engine/gearbox didn’t seem to get any attention at all.
Anyone who watches Wheeler Dealers and the ace mechanic Ed China will know its about making good whats wrong and only spending where necessary. Its a brilliant concept by ebay and focuses the truth worth of ebay – finding parts aint easy.
Doesnt Devin Winegg have a landrover in his garage to be restored? probably the US next then…
I hope this will help all those who sell car parts on ebay, although I’d love to know what proportion of total listings and revenue this covers.
How about similar projects in other categories, like completing a collection of something in collectables, and perhaps sourcing a few bits from the Italy based seller who has ‘delcampe’ plastered over most of their 1000’s of photos – that ought to make for interesting viewing !
There’s a lot of fairly basic ‘good housekeeping’ jobs which ebay should be sorting out before trying to attract new buyers and sellers, or are they happy to advertise their problems and failings ?
Years ago, I was always climbing over cars in knackers yards, getting parts. I only had the local yards to choose from , and had to wait for better cars, for later jobs.
These yards are now all gone. Now, I just sit with my iPad, buying parts, new and old, and wait for them to be delivered to my door. From doors, to engines, to switches, it’s so easy. Even to set up parcel collection, that the seller doesn’t know how to do.
It’s the future, and I don’t get filthy, till I’m irking on my car.
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