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Car fanatic Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission - to scour the barns and lock ups of Britain for wrecked treasures to bring to life

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Car fanatic Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission - to scour the barns and lock ups of Britain for wrecked treasures to bring to life

Series 1 Summary

Car fanatic Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission - to scour the barns and lock ups of Britain for wrecked treasures to bring to life

  • Episode 1

    The Mark I Ford Escort Mexico was the car that brought speed to the average lad on the street, allowing young blokes to spin their wheels. The humble Ford Escort might have been created as a family car, but when it was taken rallying a true legend was born.

    Its victory in the 1970 London to Mexico Rally launched the Escort Mexico - and British roads where never the same again.

    Now it's down to Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead to find, rescue and restore an incredibly rare Ford Escort Mexico back to the level that would make any boy racer proud...

  • Episode 2

    The Land Rover Series I is a seriously iconic British car. Born in 1948 it went on to conquer the world. Rugged, simple, but with only just 39,000 ever made, examples of this national treasure of automotive pride are getting harder and harder to find.

    Philip and Ant hope to find, rescue and restore a Landie back to as good as new. Unfortunately the only example they can get their hands on has been sitting in a barn for over 41 years - un-driven and covered in cat poo.

    Philip meets the fanatical Landie lovers who eat, drink and sleep these cars - from trialers who gather in damp woods early on Sunday mornings to thrash their cars in the most basic form of motor sport, to a real life Lawrence of Arabia who depended on the Series 1 to keep him alive in the desert.

  • Episode 3

    Philip Glenister and Ant rescue a Triumph Stag sports car to restore it back to better than new. Philip meets comedian and car fan Alexei Sayle and pits the Stag against a Jaguar E-Type.

    The Triumph Stag is a car that represents the best and worst of British motoring. Launched in 1970 with continental good looks and a punchy V8 engine, the glamour faded rather quickly as the car became synonymous with overheating engines and unexpected breakdowns and ceased production after seven years.

    Philip and Ant Anstead find a Stag under a tarpaulin at the back of a scrapyard to restore.

    Philip meets members of the Stag owners' club in an attempt to understand whether the Stag's reputation for unreliability is fair.

    From a European road trip with comedian and motoring journalist Alexei Sayle, that almost ends on the back of a recovery truck, to pitting the Stag against one of the greatest cars ever built, the Jaguar E-Type, in a battle of the best sounding engines, Phil and Ant come to a surprising conclusion about the Stag.

  • Episode 4

    The Mini Cooper Mk1 was the car that changed everything. Now it's down to Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead to find, rescue and restore one back to its former glory.

    But no ordinary model - Phil has set his hopes on an incredibly rare Mk 1 Cooper. Ant finally tracks one down in Dublin; a rusting heap at the back of a barn.

    From its revolutionary design and front-wheel drive, to its conquering record as a track and rally car, the Mk 1 was the small car with the big heart driven by royalty, 60s superstars and the man and woman on the street.

    Everyone loved the Mini and it is widely considered to be one of the greatest cars ever built. Philip explores the story of the Mini and meets Stirling Moss. He throws one around one of the most dangerous roads in the county and the show concludes with a Mini flash mob.

  • Episode 5

    Philip and Ant try to rescue and restore a 1945 MG-TC sports car back to its former glory. But can Philip confront his fears of driving a car that feels like a museum piece?

    The 1945 MG-TC was the little car that broke America, paving the way for the mass export of British sporty two-seaters for the next 30 years. It was the forerunner of the modern sports car, and the MGs that are universally admired today.

    Philip meets a 90-year-old ex-GI, who bought his MGTC in his 20s and still takes it for regular jaunts around the Hollywood Hills.

    Philip runs an MG-TC up to almost 70 miles per hour at one of the oldest motor sport venues in the country, as he slowly grows to admire, like and even love this elegant old lady of the motor industry.

    And the episode concludes with an MG-TC flash mob, as car owners gather from all over the country to scrutinise Philip and Ant's restored car and witness the glorious moment they take it for an early morning spin around Richmond Park.

  • For the Love of Cars

    Episode 6

    Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead try to restore a DeLorean DMC-12, an epic car that was a star of the Back to the Future movies and also stands as a tribute to the excess of the 1980s.

    Philip goes to the US to research the fascinating and infamous story of the DeLorean. Very few were ever made, after the company collapsed following serious allegations of improper conduct. Philip meets former workers at the original production site and also superfans of the car. He also meets with John DeLorean's daughter.

  • Episode 7

    As the climax to the series, Philip Glenister and car designer Ant put their pride and joy collection of classic cars up for sale at one of the country's leading car auctions.

    Philip and Ant know their cars are loved, but will that mean anything in the altogether more hardnosed commercial world of the classic car auction, where love takes a back seat to business?

    The episode ends as the auction room fills with some familiar faces as the Ford Escort, the Mini Cooper, Triumph Stag, Land Rover Series 1, MG and DeLorean all go under the hammer.

For the Love of Cars synopsis

Car fanatic Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission - to scour the barns and lock ups of Britain for wrecked treasures to bring to life

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