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1982 Brazilian Beetle in Friday's Flipping Bangers

Published 11 June 2019

Never having even driven a VW Beetle, wily Will Trickett and genial Gus Gregory manage to land a 180,000-mile 1982 Brazil built Type 1 in the hope of fixing it up and doubling their money.

A non-runner with no MoT, they secure it for £700 on the promise they’ll put it back into shape and not merely strip it for parts.

The trouble starts as soon as they get it back to base and discover the rot underneath. 

More seriously, the pressed steel front suspension has holes in it that will never pass an MoT and, as Will works his way back with his welding torch, the problems only get worse.

Gus figures the only way they can get their money back within the 5 days they’ve given themselves for the Internet auction is to smarten it up and sell it as a restoration project.

Does the plan work? You’ll find out on Friday.

The 10-part series features transformations of classic cars from the Morris Minor to the Suzuki SJ. A BMW Z3 also gets bought and flipped.

Watch the show at 9.00pm on Fridays at BLAZE on Freeview 63, Freesat 162, Sky 565 and Virgin Media 216.

More on the VW Type 1 Beetle here





   on 25 June 2019

They would have been better off getting the welding finished/getting it road legal than spending time tatting up the chrome etc A used front beam is not expensive and would have cost less than the pointless wheel refurb (as the rest of the car was tatty) which he could have easily done himself or purchase some used alloys. All beetles rust but are easy to fix and all bits are available. I enjoy the show but do feel they work in an odd manner, the Alfa was an example, refurb the wheels, do the cambelt, then realise its rotten and scrap it without even removing the newly refurbished wheels?? Madness

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