Range Rover Classic given a full restoration in just three days at this year’s Silverstone Classic.
Budding restorers were in for a treat at this year’s Silverstone Classic. eBay’s Restoration Live team restored a tired-looking 1983 Range Rover to pristine condition in just three days – and before the gaze of a live audience.
eBay, Silverstone Classic’s official parts and accessories partner, challenged racing driver and car restorer Fergus Walkinshaw to revive the vehicle for the event.
Fergus and his team of skilled mechanics started at 7am Friday morning and 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 crew worked around the clock to get the Range Rover ready for its unveiling on stage at the Mike Brewer Car Clinic on Sunday.
The project included replacing the suspension and the exhaust system, among other jobs. And after laborious attention-to-detail, the car was returned to its original condition – and all with parts from the online marketplace. Thanks to eBay, the team were even able to source rare parts such as a section of carpet covering the spare wheel and the front bumper trim.
Then, three days later, on the Sunday afternoon, the off-roader was driven onto the eBay stage for Mike Brewer’s Car Clinic in front of a huge crowd.
Mike described the breakneck restoration as ‘a miracle’. He said: ‘If you had seen this car three days ago, you would not have believed it could have looked like this.’
Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of retail car parts & accessories, said, ‘Watching Fergus and the team bring two tons of Range Rover back to life was an amazing spectacle. As soon as they fired up the engine for the first time on the last morning, the Restoration Live crowd burst into a round of applause, which was amazing.’