eBay challenge finalists announced

eBay has unveiled the three classic restoration projects that will take part in eBay Car Challenge 2017. Following a successful inaugural year in 2016, the online marketplace reveals that this year the challenge will feature a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, a 1974 VW Camper Van and 1964 Series 2a Land Rover.

All three vehicles will be transformed over the next three months using parts and accessories from eBay.

The challenge attracted nearly 2,000 entries from across the country, with the three winners now receiving a budget of £4,000 and a deadline of 10 July to finish their restorations.

The Alfa Romeo will be restored by Alex Morris, who describes his first full restoration project as a ‘baptism of fire’. With the engine needing a full repair, and new upholstery, a nose replacement and a full strip and repaint required, the task ahead is a daunting one.

Meanwhile, Carl Pickard has been challenged with restoring his VW Camper. He’s planning to install a Subaru engine which he claims is more fuel efficient and reliable than the original, do a complete new wiring job, and put a large speaker system in the back ‘to wake the dead’. He’s always on the hunt for design classics and ‘Daisy D’ is his latest passion which he’ll tackle in his unique workshop space – a converted old car park in the middle of Southampton.

Completing the trio of hopefuls, Dan Goude has big plans for his 1964 ex-military Series 2a Land Rover. The Landy has sat unused in his garage for over 20 years, but he now plans to replace both the bumper and cross member with the military originals but admits that he is most excited to see the replacement bodywork go on.

Murray Lambell, director of retail car parts and accessories, eBay, said, ‘We’re thrilled to have had over double the amount of entries to this year’s eBay Car Challenge. The standard has been extremely high and our judging panel had an agonising decision when it came to selecting the top three.

‘We’ve chosen an Alfa Romeo that needs a whole engine repair, a VW Camper that is being converted into a portable sounds system and a 1964 Land Rover in need of a complete body replacement. The extensive selection of parts and accessories that eBay offers has given these restorers the chance to make their dreams a reality. Even with the demanding task ahead we know our chosen three are up to the task.’

Follow the restorers’ journeys here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/carchallenge