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Wheeler Dealers Mike and Ant go head to head in charity auction

Published 08 November 2017

Wheeler Dealers hosts Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead will go head to head at this year’s NEC classic motor show in a bid to raise money for charity. For the past six months, the pair have been restoring a classic each.

Now Team Mike’s 1989 Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet and Team Ant’s 2017 Dowsett Classic Cars Unique Sports Racer will be offered at ‘no reserve’ as part of the Silverstone Auctions sale on 11-12 Novebmer.

The Ford will be sold in aid of the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation. The car has been subjected to a nut and bolt restoration process at Cross Street Garage in Swindon with every part being fully restored, refurbished or supplied brand new by a variety of companies.

Finished in Red with a new leather interior, the fast Ford also sports distinctive, unique touches include '#TeamMike' wheel centre caps and speedometer, as well as Mike’s autograph signed on the underneath of the car to add another special touch.

1989 Ford Escort XR3i

The second of the two cars is Team Ant’s 1950s-inspired Grand Prix Alfa Romeo to be auctioned in aid of Harrison’s Fund. A complete one-off build, the single-seater racer has spent the majority of this year at Ant's garage in Hertfordshire, Dowsetts Classic Cars. It is powered by an MX-5 engine which has been completely overhauled and upgraded with a bespoke balanced prop shaft, and a fully stripped and rebuilt gearbox.

Unique touches added to the racer to remind people of the project and the charity include “#TeamAnt” engraved brass spinners and a bespoke vintage steering wheel.

2017 Dowsett Classic Cars Unique Sports Racer

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