WHEELER DEAL­ERS SPE­CIAL

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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

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