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Classic car restorers convert ‘basket case’ models to electric vehicles in new TV series

Richard ‘Moggy’ Morgan, host of Quest TV and Discovery+ new Vintage Voltage series, said several classic cars featured in the series had gone through a “huge journey”. He said many of the cars featured in the new series had undergone massive overhauls as part of the electric vehicle restoration process with some coming from just “boxes of parts”.

The new series will show the team at ‘Electric Classic Cars’ as they give older models a new lease of life.

The cars are completely stripped back and have an electric battery restored, bringing some of the most iconic models right back into the 21st century.

He said: “There’s a BMW E9 which when it came in was pretty much a basket case.

“You’ll see it in that episode, when it’s finished it’s one of the most beautiful, well-restored BMW E9s on the planet now.

READ MORE: Classic car owners face £35,000 bill for electric conversion

Electric Classic Cars have warned converting an older model to an RV could save drivers money in the long run.

They said drivers would save on fuel bills, road tax and congestion charges as well as maintenance and servicing charges.

In another bonus for many, they warn the converting car will mean “no more plumes of smoke or smell of petrol”.

However, experts at Electrogenic have previously warned the cost of electric car conversion could be high.

Owner Steve Drummond told Express.co.uk last year it would cost around £35,000 to do a conversion on a Classic Mini.

However, he warned this could be cheap for many classic car owners when considering the price of full rebuilds and older parts.

He said: “Parts are getting really hard to get.

“You look at a comparative cost, a friend of mine has just spent £50,000 on a rebuild of his E-Type engine.

“Spending £50.00 on a Porsche engine and rebuild is relatively modest. It depends on what your frame of reference is.”

The new season of VINTAGE VOLTAGE can be seen on Quest and is available to stream on Discovery+.


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