eBay Range Rover restoration completed in record time
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: