Series 9 title card
|Also known as||Wheeler Dealers: On the Road (Series 5)|
|Presented by||Mike Brewer
|Theme music composer||The Wideboys|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||12|
|No. of episodes||151 (as of 18 May 2015)
List of episodes
|Running time||30 minutes (Series 1-6)
60 minutes (Series 7-)
|Production company(s)||Attaboy TV (Wheeler Dealers) X2 Productions (Trading Up)|
|Original network||Discovery Real Time (2003-2010)
Discovery Channel (2011-present)
|Original release||7 October 2003– present|
Wheeler Dealers is a British television series produced by Attaboy TV for the Discovery Channel, fronted by car enthusiast Mike Brewer and master mechanic Edd China. (In the United States the series is seen on Discovery's Velocity Channel HD.) The premise of the show is that Brewer and China are on a mission to save repairable enthusiast vehicles, by repairing or otherwise improving an example of a particular make and model to a budget, then selling it to a new owner.
The show was created by Daniel Allum and Michael Wood, the founding directors of Attaboy TV, both long-time car enthusiasts.
There have so far been 12 series of the programme and three different theme tunes have been used; the current one being Balaclava by The Wideboys. The previous theme was from V-The Production Library by Music 4. Series 1 originally aired in 2003. The second half of Series 6 was aired in Autumn of 2009 on Discovery Real Time. Series 5 was renamed to Wheeler Dealers: On the Road; in this series Mike and Edd expanded their car search by heading out into Europe hoping to find classic cars to buy and restore. Beginning with part 2 of Series 8, Mike further expanded their horizon by touring the United States. In Series 12, Mike and Edd set up a new workshop in Huntington Beach, California. This decision was made so that they could deliver more episodes of the show and meant they were able to restore and sell the cars on the spot, instead of having them shipped back to the UK. Series 12 will also introduce the brand new workshop back in the UK.
In April 2013, a spin-off series titled Wheeler Dealers Trading Up was launched. This series was produced by X2 Productions Ltd and has Mike travelling around the world to buy and sell, but not repair or restore, used cars in different countries on a set budget. He begins with $3000 and trades his way through the series up to a Porsche 911. It was recommissioned by Discovery Channel International for a second series where Mike ends up buying a Ferrari. This series does not feature Edd China.
- 1 Format
- 2 Cast
- 3 Cars for sale
- 4 Air dates
- 5 Episodes
- 6 Trading Up
- 7 Other vehicles
- 8 Channels
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Each project spans a pair of 30-minute episodes, in which Mike buys a vehicle, turns it over to Edd for repairs, then sells it on. For the first series, the budget was £1000, for Series 2, £2000, and for Series 3, £3000. Budgets in subsequent series have varied, depending on the target vehicle. For example, a £10,000 budget was set on buying and restoring a Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 in Series 6. The £5000 budget concept was dropped from series 8 (2011) onwards and now varies depending on the car. For series 11 (2014), the budget is listed on the show's Discovery UK website as "up to £20,000".
The presentation for each project usually follows a similar TV format. Through series 6, the project was presented in two 30-minute episodes. Starting with series 7, the format was changed to a single 1-hour episode.
The show was created with a DIYer in mind. The costs, and thus any profit or loss for a given project, are assessed without consideration of the labour costs of mechanic Edd China (the assumption is that a well-equipped and able enthusiast could complete all work himself) but if repairs require professional help, like body resprays, complicated electronics, or windscreen replacements, they are added to the final cost.
Nevertheless, the show is sufficiently in-depth to provide good overviews and insights to buying and improving older enthusiast vehicles.
Sometimes, painting is done by hand using a spray-can in their workshop instead of going to professional painting workshop. This is usually reserved for vehicles where only a portion of the vehicle needs painting, or where the part being painted has little effect on the overall appearance. When Edd and/or Mike consider that the appearance of the paint will make a notable difference to the sale value, professional painting is undertaken. When the respray is carried out by others, it is usual for Edd to do the majority if not all of the preparation work prior to painting.
Also addressed on each vehicle are its service history, bodywork defects (e.g. rust, dents), worn-out interiors and accessories. Vehicles that have either been inactive for long periods of time or purchased from outside the UK are restored and modified to pass the country's strict MOT tests.
- Mike starts with a budget to buy and then fix up a vehicle.
- Mike gives a brief history of the merits of the chosen model of vehicle.
- Mike locates, test drives, negotiates for and buys the vehicle (usually sealed with a handshake and Mike triumphantly expressing to camera that he's just bought a <name of vehicle>).
- (Starting from series 5, prospective cars Mike wanted to buy, but needed too much work, were shown. This also took place in Series 1, Episode 7)
- Mike turns the vehicle over to Edd, and together they assess its needs, sometimes (but not always) with Edd criticizing Mike's choice of vehicle as being too dilapidated and needing too much work.
- (Series 1-4 featured a camera trick that had "multiple clones" of Edd surveying the vehicle. This was dropped from series 5 onwards.)
- Edd begins work, providing assessments of the work and its challenges.
- Mike stops by Edd's shop for an overview of progress, and expenditures are reviewed. Often, Mike ridicules Edd on his work if he has overspent on replacement parts or repairs, the car looks unchanged or has been disassembled or prepped for a respray.
- A quick review of the first episode (for series where each project is split into 2 episodes)
- Mike (often) goes on a field trip to procure some required parts.
- Mike interviews an owner of a similar vehicle in top condition, then drives and comments on the car.
- (This feature was dropped from series 5 onwards.)
- Edd finishes the work on the project vehicle which is subsequently shown on a revolving turntable.
- Mike returns to the workshop and discusses the finished vehicle with Edd.
- There is a final tally of expenditures.
- Mike drives the completed car, assessing improvements.
- (Starting from series 5, Mike and Edd test drive the finished vehicle together and discuss its resale value.)
- Mike sells the vehicle to a new owner (after the inevitable haggling). The deal is sealed when Mike says "Hold out your hand, you've just bought a <name of vehicle>!" and shakes the new buyer's hand.
- Mike summarises what the final selling price and profit is (or in rare instances what the loss is) and usually states that they have saved another vehicle to be enjoyed by the new owner.
- (Starting from series 5, prospective buyers that failed to buy the car are shown.)
Mike Brewer uses his skills as a former car trader to scout and buy used cars to be restored and sold for profit.
Edd China is the show's mechanic, who does much of the restoration and mechanical/servicing work, and gives viewers tips on how to sort out and solve various car problems, as well as estimate how much a garage would charge for such repairs.
Paul Brackley, the series' technical advisor, makes sporadic appearances to assist Edd in carrying heavy parts or equipment in the garage, when Edd needs additional assistance (such as when Edd is bleeding brake/clutch fluid or checking exhaust while a vehicle is running), and helping Mike tow non-running or non-MOT-compliant vehicles to the shop.
Guest appearances on other shows
Cars for sale
Attaboy TV is now offering cars featured on the show for sale through Wheeler Dealers' Discovery page.
For Series 1 to 6 each car was covered in two half an hour episodes (including ad breaks). From Series 7 onwards each car was covered in a single one-hour episode.
|Series premiere||Series finale|
|1||12||7 October 2003||11 November 2003|
|2||12||10 August 2004||16 September 2004|
|3||12||23 August 2005||4 October 2005|
|4||12||29 August 2006||3 October 2006|
|5||12||28 October 2008||6 December 2008|
|6||20||5 May 2009||17 November 2009|
|7||10||4 May 2010||9 November 2010|
|8||10||5 April 2011||1 November 2011|
|9||15||20 March 2012||6 November 2012|
|10||12||19 February 2013||22 October 2013|
|11||15||17 March 2014||13 October 2014|
|12||19||23 March 2015||19 October 2015|
|Series premiere||Series finale|
|1||6||2 April 2013||7 May 2013|
|2||6||6 August 2014||10 September 2014|
On 2 April 2012, the Swedish version of the Discovery Channel aired a special episode called Wheeler Dealers Sverige Special (Wheeler Dealers Sweden Special). In this episode, the Swedish presenters bought a Ford Mustang for 55,000 SEK. After having to refurbish the brake calipers, swap the engine and giving the car a new paint job, they were able to sell it for 135,000 SEK, giving them a total profit of 28,000 SEK. It is unclear whether Discovery Channel are planning on making this into a full series or just this episode.
U.S. Top 5 Specials
|Series premiere||Series finale|
|1||5||5 June 2013||3 July 2013|
Discovery U.S.'s Velocity channel commissioned a series of one-hour Wheeler Dealers: Top 5 Specials hosted by Mike Brewer, featuring the top five vehicles of each genre Mike and Edd have worked on during the first nine years of the show. The specials began airing 5 June 2013, on the way to a Top 5 Viewer's Choice finale on 3 July 2013. These episodes have been shown in the UK on the Discovery Channel at the end of season 11.1 and started on 5 May 2014.
|Episode||Top 5||Originally Aired|
|1||80s Icons||5 June 2013|
|2||American Icons||12 June 2013|
|3||Micro Cars||19 June 2013|
|4||Performance Cars||26 June 2013|
|5||Viewer's Choice||3 July 2013|
As of 18 May 2015, 151 episodes have been shown, covering 110 different vehicles, with two recap episodes.
|Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up|
|Presented by||Mike Brewer|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||X2 Productions Ltd|
|Original network||Discovery Channel|
|Original release||2 April 2013– present|
Series 1 (2013)
In this series made by X2 Productions Ltd, Mike Brewer navigates his way through the culture and idiosyncrasies of the international used car trade, traveling to different countries. Starting with a budget of US$3,000, he attempts to transform his first purchase into a succession of real deals working his way up to his goal: a US$30,000 luxury sports car. Episodes 1-3 and 5-6 directly connect with each other, with the final car of the former episode being sold in the latter episode. In the United States, airings on Velocity began on 10 July 2013.
|Final Selling Price||Profit / Loss||UK Air Date||UK Viewers (million)|
|1||Kolkata, India||2004 Maruti Suzuki Alto LX||$3,000||$2,150||N/A||$2,550||$400||2 April 2013||0.15|
|2004 Tata Indigo Marina||$3,400||$2,350||$25||$2,850||$475|
|2000 Hindustan Ambassador Classic||$3,875||$3,600||$1,050||$7,600||$2,950|
and Newark, UK
||9 April 2013||0.21|
|1971 Triumph Spitfire Mk IV Convertible||$3,000||$2,400||N/A||$3,450||$1,050|
|1992 Land Rover 90 Defender||$4,050||$4,100||N/A||$5,825||$1,725|
|1967 Chevrolet El Camino||$9,600||$9,600||$808||$9,900||-$508|
Malmö and Fjällbacka,
||16 April 2013||0.26|
|EPA-Traktor (1958 Volvo Duett)||$11,392||$3,000||$9||$3,302||$293|
|1972 Saab 96||$11,685||$1,850||$23||$2,460||$587|
|1966 Volvo P1800||$12,272||$11,200||$525||$14,400||$2,675|
|4||Tokyo, Japan||2003 Daihatsu Tanto||$12,649||$11,070||$640||$12,820||$1,110||23 April 2013||0.19|
|2003 Nissan Stagea 250 RX||$13,759||$4,225||$1,516||$7,692||$1,951|
|1976 Toyota Celica Coupe||$15,710||$3,653||$1,435||$2,179||-$2,909|
|5||Mexico City, Mexico, San Francisco
and Palm Springs, USA
|1956 Volkswagen Beetle||$12,801||$10,400||$200||$11,500||$900||30 April 2013||0.16|
|1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II||$13,701||$10,000||$500||$14,000||$3,500|
|1967 Chevrolet Camaro||$17,201||$15,000||$100||$27,142||$9,292|
|6||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||
||7 May 2013||0.24|
|2005 Toyota Prado GX||$0||$14,571||$450||$17,142||$2,106|
|2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible||$28,599||$25,714||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Series 2 (2014)
|Final Selling Price||Profit / Loss||UK Air Date||UK Viewers (million)|
|1||Sydney, Australia||2000 Ford Falcon Futura AU II||$3,000||$900||$215||$2,790||$1,675||20 October 2014||0.23|
|1981 Mazda RX-7||$4,675||$4,050||$450||$3,600||-$900|
|2002 Holden Commodore VU II UTE||$3,775||$4,750||$450||$5,850||$650|
|1972 Ford Escort Mk 1||$4,425||$4,950||$1,368||$14,240||$7,922|
West Midlands & Aberdeen,
||27 October 2014||0.24|
|1983 Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk 1||$12,347||$5,200||$160||$7,200||$1,700|
|1999 Caterham 7||$14,047||$13,200||$160||$15,600||$3,140|
|2007 Land Rover Freelander||$17,187||$15,200||$80||$17,000||$1,478|
|3||Sao Paulo, Brazil||1972 Volkswagen Kombi||$18,646||$12,174||$435||$13,913||$1,304||3 November 2014||0.22|
|1962 Willys Jeep||$19,950||$10,000||$48||$10,435||$387|
|1976 Chevrolet Opala||$20,337||$5,217||$6||$6,522||$1,319|
|4||Austin TX, U.S.||1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray||$21,655||$17,000||$440||$22,500||$5,060||10 November 2014||N/A|
|1959 Chevrolet Apache||$26,715||$11,000||$940||$14,500||$2,560|
|1969 Jaguar E-Type||$29,275||$16,000||$5,000||$37,000||$10,000|
|5||Warsaw & Gdynia, Poland||
||17 November 2014||N/A|
|1973 Fiat 126p||$39,275||$1,000||$500||$1,833||$333|
|6||Milan, Mantua, & Modena, Italy||1980 Vespa Primavera 125 ET3||$40,308||$4,900||$322||$7,000||$1,596||24 November 2014||N/A|
|1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II||$41,904||$35,000||$10||$39,000||$3,990|
|1989 Ferrari 348 tb||$45,378||$44,800||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Mike has used a variety of vehicles on Wheeler Dealers to travel to see prospective vehicles and/or tow them if they are not in running order or street legal.
Mike has used a Mitsubishi Shogun to travel around England since series 9 (2012). Vehicles used prior to series 9 include a dark turquoise Nissan Primera Estate, a blue Subaru Legacy Estate, a red Honda Accord Tourer, a black SsangYong Rexton II, a dark blue SsangYong Kyron, a black Land Rover Discovery 4, a blue Nissan X-Trail and a light blue Ford Kuga. For Series 8a, he used a black X-Trail. For Series 12b, he use a white Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to transport the Messerschmitt KR200 back to the workshop.
When Mike travelled to France in series 5 to purchase the Citroën DS, he rented a French-registered black Opel Zafira; he rented a newer version of the Zafira when he returned to France to buy the Renault Alpine A310 in series 9a. Mike used a French-registered silver Toyota Corolla Verso when he returned to buy the Citroen 2CV in series 11a. When he returned to France in series 12b, he rented a French-registered grey Audi Q3 to purchase the Citroen HY Van.
When Mike travelled to the U.S. for series 8b, he rented American-registered silver Ford Expedition ELs, except for the last episode where he used a black Chevrolet Tahoe. When Mike returned to the U.S. in series 9b to purchase the Willys MB and Ford Mustang Fastback, he rented a grey Expedition EL. When he purchased the Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray and Cadillac Coupe de Ville in the U.S. in series 10b, he rented a grey Chevrolet Suburban. For series 11 in the U.S., he rented a silver Suburban, a dark red Cadillac SRX, a white Mazda CX-9 and a black Nissan Armada. For series 12 he rented a black Chevrolet Suburban, silver GMC Yukon, silver Chevrolet Captiva and silver Chevrolet Suburban.
For series 9a, when Mike travelled to Italy to purchase the Fiat Dino, he rented an Italian-registered silver Ford Kuga, Series 12b Mike rented an Italian-registered white Mercedes-Benz M-Class to purchase the Noble M12.
For series 10b, when Mike travelled to Poland to purchase a Lamborghini Urraco P250S, he rented a Polish-registered grey Land Rover Discovery 3; when he returned to Poland to buy the FSM Syrena 105L, he rented a black Discovery 3.
For Trading Up, Mike rode a white Toyota Fortuner owned by a used car dealer in India. In Dubai, Mike's contact drove him around in a white Ferrari F430. In Texas, Mike rode a grey Chevrolet Corvette C2. Taxicabs featured in the series include a yellow Hindustan Ambassador Grand and a green and yellow Bajaj RE in India, a black LTC TX4 in the UK, a black Toyota Crown Comfort in Japan, a yellow and red Volkswagen Sedan Type 1 in Mexico, a white Ford Falcon in Australia, a white Chevrolet Onix Sedan in Brazil, a yellow Dodge Charger in Texas, and a yellow Fiat 600 Multipla in Italy. For Hire Cars, he rented a Black Mitsubishi Shogun in the UK, a black Chrysler Grand Voyager in Brazil, a dark red GMC Yukon in Texas, a grey Land Rover Discovery 3 in Poland, and a white Fiat 500 in Italy. In Poland when Mike is taking the Fiat 126p to get vinyl wrapped, he borrows a grey Opel Movano, to carry the car to the vinyl wrapping shop.
For Wheeler Dealers: Top 5 U.S. specials, Mike stands in Edd's shop, in front of a red Chevrolet Corvette C2.
The opening sequences and filler segments from series 1 to 9 feature the cars that were worked on throughout their corresponding seasons:
- Series 1: All the vehicles done so far
- Series 2 and 3: MGB GT
- Series 4: Porsche 911 2.7S Targa
- Series 5: Mercedes-Benz R107 280SL
- Series 6: Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
- Series 7: Lotus Elan S3
- Series 8a: Jaguar E-Type Series 3
- Series 8b: Dodge Charger
- Series 9a: Fiat Dino
- Series 9b: Gardner Douglas Cobra
Series 10 did away with using cars on the opening and commercial break sequences, instead using a title card with the series logo and the colour(s) of the episode's car on the background. The filler segments, however, use the following cars:
- Series 10a: Aston Martin DB7
- Series 10b: Lamborghini Urraco P250S
Starting with series 11, Wheeler Dealers no longer uses cars on the filler segments.
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up Car Experts
Series 1 - Chak from India, Tony from UK, Michael from Sweden, Atsushi from Japan, Carlos from Mexico, Bill from USA and Abu from Dubai.
Series 2 - Richard from Australia, Colin and Andy from UK, Mauricio from Brazil, Antonio from Texas, USA, Mirek from Poland and Dario from Italy.
- "Wheeler Dealers Season 12 Q and A". Discovery TV Youtube. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Buy the Cars". Discovery Networks. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
- "New series #WheelerDealers is on Mon March 23 at 9 PM on @DiscoveryUK @mikebrewer @Wheeler_Dealers so don't miss it x".
- "Wheeler Dealers Sverige Special". Wheels magazine (Sweden). 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
- "Velocity TV schedule".
- "Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up". Discovery. Retrieved 2013-04-11.