eBay Challenge restores a hat-trick

The 2017 eBay Car Challenge has finished to reveal three stunning restorations.

The three classic vehicles chosen were; a 1964 Land Rover, 1974 ‘shorty’ VW campervan and a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto.  After three months of hard work by their owners, the Land Rover and VW campervan have been given a complete new lease of life and the Alpha Romeo is well on its way.

The owners were given £4,000 each to return their cars to their former glory using parts and accessories bought from eBay.

Dan Goude pulled his Land Rover apart ‘from bumper to bonnet’. Now the ex-military vehicle is refreshed, revitalised and ready to go after 20 years off the road. He encountered more problems than expected during the restoration, including holes in the foot wells and rot throughout the whole car – adding 150 hours of extra work. However, with the help of eBay, Dan has managed to turn a dream into a reality by renovating his much loved car that has been with him for over two decades.

The 1974 VW Bay Window Shorty, Southampton, restored by Carl Pickard, is back on the road after 16 weeks of ambitious goals and challenges. The spectacular camper now hunkers down on 18-inch spinning rims, glows menacingly thanks to its LED lighting rig and is equipped with a monstrous sound system.

Alex Morris, owner of the 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, managed to get ahead of schedule, but after carefully repairing sections of bodywork he found significant cracks in the chassis. Working on the central frame of a car is something only an experienced specialist can do, so Alex has had to put his restoration on hold whilst this work takes place. This is Alex’s first restoration project and he made impressive progress.

Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of trading, says, ‘We’re really proud of the restorers and the work they’ve done in such a short space of time is incredible. All three have had to put in incredibly long hours but their passion and dedication has been unquestionable.  It’s also been great to see how much support and practical help they have gained from the eBay seller community.’