‘Little Red’s’ new lease on life

David Newell, of Oving with his Triumph GT6 Mk3, which he restored in a challenge set by eBay. PNL-160508-142700001
David Newell, of Oving with his Triumph GT6 Mk3, which he restored in a challenge set by eBay. PNL-160508-142700001

An Oving man who has spent the past three months trying to bring his Triumph GT6 back to life put his vehicle on display.

David Newell was one of three amateur restorers who was given £4,000 to restore his car in the first ever eBay Car Challenge, using only parts and accessories from eBay.

The Triumph GT6 Mk3, known as the ‘poor man’s E-Type’, was entered into the competition in a bid to put an end to ‘Little Red’s’ rust problems and replace much needed parts.

After battling with fused nuts, he said poured ‘blood, sweat and tears – literally’ into the Triumph, replacing both rear wings among hundreds of new parts.

And at the end of last month, he put his GT6 on display at the Silverstone Classic, as well as talked about his restoration project.

He said: “My scariest job was tackling the rust around the windscreen. I knew if I messed it up, there was a strong chance the windscreen would never go back in. I kept putting it off, dealing with other, less-stressful jobs. But then I just decided to go for it. I’d found a second hand windscreen surround from a Spitfire on eBay and used this to fabricate repair panels.”

Murray Lambell, director of retail car parts and accessories, at eBay, said: “Watching each car come back to life has been genuinely exciting, and I’d like to congratulate all three of them for turning their rusty relics into gleaming show stoppers.”

See the story of each restoration at www.ebay.co.uk/rpp/ebay-car-challenge.