WHEELER DEALERS SPECIAL
As series 15c of Wheeler Dealers comes to an end (with all episodes available on catch up), we thought it was a good time to have a chat with the main man himself. Unfortunately, Ant Anstead was busy, but Mike Brewer was on hand to answer our questions (only joking Mike, we love you really – Jules)…
Q) So Mike, why should FC readers take a look at the latest Wheeler Dealers series? Are there any builds you think will be of particular interest?
A) Well, I’m guessing your readers like their ‘80s and ‘90s hot hatches and sports cars. We feature a few of those: we’ve just done an E46 M3 where we swapped out the SMG ‘box for a manual one, then there was the 1979 Celica GT that we dropped a Lexus engine in. There’s also a 1985 Merkur XR4Ti (Ford Sierra) to look out for. The Ti was only sold in North America and came with a 2.3-litre turbo engine rather than the UK’s equivalent XR4i that came with the naturally aspirated 2.8-litre.
Q) Have you ever thought about getting Elvis from WD: Dream Car and Ant together in some kind of Wheeler Dealers build-off? Maybe get Edd China involved too? A) First off, a lot of people are always trying to measure Ant against Edd and I hate that because you can’t really compare the two. Edd is an engineer and Ant is a mechanic; they’re both fantastic at what they do. Elvis, on the other hand, is more technical in his approach. The concept of getting Ant and Elvis together is an interesting one. I’m sure the future of Wheeler Dealers will see Ant and Elvis on screen at the same time.
Q) Each month in Fast Car we do a feature called
Appreciating Depreciation, I was wondering what your Top 3 future classic picks are?
A) That’s a good question; you just have to look at past markets. Take the Mk1 and 2 Escorts; the prices have gone off the scale. With this in mind, the Focus ST170 is a great car for £1200 and I can see them going up in value. Another is the Audi TT 225, and, last but not least, if Japanese metal is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with an EP3 Type R.
Thanks for those Mike. And, by some weird coincidence, they’re the three cars we’ve focused on this month…
MIKE BREWER QUICK FIRE Q&A › Tea or Coffee Tea › Ford or Vauxhall Ford › Wine or Beer Beer › M badge or RS badge M badge › Supra or Skyline Skyline › Evo or Scooby Evo › Pug or Renault Renault › Lambo or Ferrari Porsche › Autosport or SEMA SEMA › Paul Cowland or Drew Pritchard Haha, I love them both dearly