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eBay Car Challenge 2017 now open for entries

By Chris Dawson February 6, 2017 - 7:43 am

Following the success of last year’s first ever eBay Car Challenge, the online marketplace is today launching a new UK-wide hunt for three car enthusiasts who need a jump start for their classic restoration project.

For eBay Car Challenge 2017, eBay will once again give three restorers £4,000 to spend on parts and accessories from eBay UK to complete their classic car restoration.

Once selected by our panel of car experts, the lucky three will have until 10 July to bring their classic motor back to its former glory.

To qualify for eBay Car Challenge 2017, cars must have hit the road no earlier than 40 years ago (so from 1977 or earlier). This year eBay is particularly interested in hearing from owners of classic passenger cars, 4-wheel-drives, and camper vans (but not mobile homes).

Potential restorers can take inspiration from the way three classic motors – a Volkswagen Beetle, Riley Kestrel 1300 and Triumph GT6 Mk3 – were restored in painstaking detail last year for the first ever eBay Car Challenge.

At the beginning of the 2016 challenge, the classic Vee Dub was a “shell on wheels”, the 1968 Kestrel needed a full suspension overhaul, and the Triumph GT6 Mk3 – the “poor man’s E-Type” – needed new rear wings. Between them, the lucky restorers used parts and accessories from almost 150 different eBay sellers to complete their restorations.

After their owners saw off nearly a thousand other amateur restorers to secure the £4,000 restoration budget provided by eBay, all three were brought back to life in just three months. The projects sourced hundreds of new parts from eBay, including the original BMC green paint for the Kestrel’s engine block and a new, beefed-up engine for the Beetle that turned out to be cheaper than repairing the original one.

I was lucky enough to meet David, the restorer of the Triumph at Silverstone where he took his beloved car for a lap of the legendary track.

If you’ve got a restoration project you’d love to complete and want eBay’s £4,000 restoration budget, you can enter the competition on the eBay Car Challenge website.

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