Car SOS is a British automotive entertainment television series that airs on National Geographic Channel as well as being repeated on Channel 4 and More4.[1][2] The series began in 2013, and is presented by Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend.[1]

Directed by
  • Stephen Taylor Woodrow
  • Steve Bonser
  • James Redgate
  • Ben Mann
Presented by
  • Car restoration team
Narrated by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series7
No. of episodes72 (including 1 special)
Executive producer(s)
  • Charlie Bunce
  • Theo Williams
  • Carolyn Payne
  • Simon Raikes
Producer(s)Stephen Taylor Woodrow
Production location(s)To-Ta Classics Ltd in Oldbury, West Midlands, England
  • Del Kersting
  • David Barry
  • Steve Wey
  • Graham Carr
Running time44 mins approx (not inc. advertisements)
Production company(s)Renegade Pictures
National Geographic Channels
NGC UK Partnership
DistributorNGC Network International
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Channel 4/More4 (repeats)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release2013 (2013) –
External links
Car SOS at National Geographic
Production website

The show features Shaw and Townshend working closely with the specialist car restoration team helping to restore owners' classic cars from across the UK and Europe, often beginning in serious state of disrepair. The owner and their car, unbeknownst to them, are nominated by a relative or friend because of an inability to restore the vehicle themselves due to unforeseen medical and/or financial reasons. The owners are then reunited with their finished car, much to their surprise, at a staged event usually set up by Shaw.

In a special series three episode, however, the owner was aware, and the car, a 1962 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite, once driven by a racing team that included Steve McQueen and Sir Stirling Moss (the latter of which featured in the episode), was restored due to its meaning to the classic car world instead, and was placed in the British Motor Museum once completed.


The series is presented by motor vehicle and engineering enthusiast Tim Shaw, and musician and mechanic, Fuzz Townshend.[1] Townshend leads a team of car restoration experts who mainly work off camera, though they do have occasional cameos, most notably "Workshop" Phil Palmer's appearances within skits or scripted light-hearted moments taking place within the workshop.

Presenter, Tim Shaw.
Presenter, Fuzz Townshend.


Each episode begins with Shaw and Townshend picking up and reviewing the featured car. Shaw will discuss why the car is being restored with the nominee's relatives, while Townshend inspects the car's state, working out the amount of work needed. The car is then winched onto a trailer and taken to Townshend's workshop, where it is inspected further by all of the restoration team. As the restoration work begins, Shaw is given a list and travels the country to find the needed parts, often portrayed in a comedic, 'blagging' manner. Shaw and Townshend will occasionally break from the restoration, leaving it in the safe hands of the team to visit other restored models of the same car, test driving them and talking with other owners. Towards the end of the restoration, Shaw invites the nominee's family to discuss setting up a fake scenario or event in which they can return the car to the owner. The fake event is also usually presented in a comedic manner, with Shaw often in disguise before revealing himself and his intentions to the owner, who is then presented with their restored car.

A special aired as the third episode of the third series featuring Sir Stirling Moss. A 1962 Sebring Austin Healey Sprite, once driven at Sebring as part of a racing team featuring Steve McQueen and Sir Stirling Moss, was restored by the team and was placed in the Heritage Motor Centre (now named the British Motor Museum) once completed.[3] In the 1962 race, a sister car was driven by Moss to a class win, and second overall. That car had since been destroyed, leaving the team car, restored by the team, as the only Sebring Sprite left in the world.


Seven series of Car SOS have aired as of May 2019, each containing 10 episodes.[4][5][6]

Series Episodes First aired
1 10 2013
2 10 2014
3 10 2015
4 10 2016
5 10 2017
6 10 2018
7 10 2019

Episode listEdit

Series 1Edit

Total episode no. No. in
11"Cosworth in Crisis"
TV presenter Tim Shaw and master mechanic Fuzz Townshend come to the rescue of Darren's 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, which was neglected after a family tragedy.
22"Beetle Mania"
Fuzz and Tim attempt to renovate 'Boris', a Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle that may once have been a beauty but soon found itself rusting in the garage.
33"Phoenix Jeep"
Tim and Fuzz embark on a rapid renovation project to surprise Dick Masters, the owner of a US Army Willys Jeep that survived World War II only to be damaged in an arson attack.
44"Fiat Fiasco"
Tim and Fuzz meet Jeremy, who lost his wife and was unable to work after a car crash. Can they give Jeremy's Fiat 850 Sport the makeover it desperately needs?
55"Anglia Angels"
Fuzz and Tim encounter the Hutchings-Clarke family, who each has a Ford Anglia except James, whose own model doesn't even have an engine. Will the guys manage to restore it?
66"The Rover's Return"
Rover-lover Steve's health issues have ended his dreams of renovating his 1972 Rover P6. Can Tim and Fuzz beat the odds and save Steve's beloved car?
77"Triumph of the Stag"
Tim and Fuzz head to Portsmouth on a mission to rescue injured former Royal Navy diver Morgan's 1976 Triumph Stag and, hopefully, put a smile back on his face.
88"Austin Re-Powered"
Fuzz and Tim visit Suffolk to secretly restore a charismatic but worn-out 1928 Austin 12 Tourer: 'a mobster's car' as Tim puts it.
99"Zodiac Come Back"
Tim and Fuzz head to Norfolk to revive an ageing Ford Zodiac. They plan to help the owner get behind the wheel of his beloved car for the first time in 20 years, but tensions soon arise.
1010"Lotus Flowers"
Fuzz and Tim are off to Warwickshire to spruce up a 1970 Lotus Elan, whose ex-racing driver owner has a painful spinal injury that has prevented him from maintaining the vehicle.

Series 2Edit

Total episode no. No. in
111"Cortina Conundrum"
Tim and Fuzz must restore a Ford Cortina GT that has seen better days, but when they arrive at the lock-up where it is kept, they find that the vehicle is little more than a well-preserved body shell.
122"MG Miracle"
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw head to Cheshire to answer an SOS call about a 1938 MG TA, whose owner is unable to restore it to a roadworthy state due to illness.
133"A Porsche Puzzle"
Fuzz and Tim race against the clock to restore a 1980s Porsche 911 from East Anglia that has seen better days. The car is suffering from an almost terminal case of rust and is collapsing in on itself.
144"The Herald Angels"
Tim and Fuzz head to Cornwall to save a poorly 1970 Triumph Herald, a much-cherished motor that has been left standing in a garage for over four years due to its owner's tragic family circumstances.
155"Land Rover Legend"
Fuzz and Tim head to South Yorkshire to tackle an ever-lengthening list of mechanical problems suffered by a Series 1 Land Rover, a family heirloom that has been off the road for 16 years.
166"Start the Dart"
Tim and Fuzz are off to Berkshire to give some TLC to a forgotten 1960s sports classic, a Daimler SP250 Dart which has been gathering dust in a shed for over 10 years.
177"Morris Traveller Mayday"
Fuzz and Tim head to Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire to help Richard and Tracy finish restoring a 1968 Morris Traveller for their son Justin.
188"Danish Dilemma"
Tim and Fuzz embark on their first continental car rescue as they head over to Denmark to fix a 1968 Volvo Amazon, a Scandinavian classic that's been in the same family for over 45 years.
199"Escort RS in Distress"
Fuzz and Tim travel to Dorset to restore Adrian's 1980s Ford Escort RS 1600i, which has been gathering dust in a damp garage for seven years. Can the duo bring the vehicle back to peak condition?
2010"Campervan Challenge"
Tim and Fuzz head to Hartlepool in the north east of England, where they hope to cheer up car enthusiast Brian by secretly restoring his cherished 1971 classic VW T2 Type 2 campervan.

Series 3Edit

Total episode no. No. in
211"E-Type Emergency"
Ill health turned caretaker Mick's childhood dream of owning a Jaguar E-Type into a nightmare, and now his 60s supercar has seen better days. Tim and Fuzz try to get his iconic car back on the road.
222"Awesome Audi"
Barry from Brighton dreams of restoring his 1984 Audi UR Quattro but the vehicle has been under a tarpaulin cover for 10 years. Tim and Fuzz visit the south coast to bring the car back to its best.
233"Stirling Moss Sprite Special"
Tim and Fuzz fix up a historic Austin-Healey Sprite, which has been in a garage since 1968, so that Sir Stirling Moss, who raced in it at Sebring in the USA in 1962, can get back behind the wheel.
244"Morgan Mayhem"
Tim and Fuzz head to Northumberland to rescue a 1934 Morgan F4 three-wheeler, one of the most successful lightweight cars from the early days of motoring, which has been in a shed for over 50 years.
255"Skyline Sensation"
In Hampshire, Tim and Fuzz convert a collision-damaged 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R that has been kept in a shed from a sorry-looking nightmare into a street racer's dream for its owner, petrolhead Kim.
266"Alfa Romeo Renaissance"
Fuzz and Tim encounter a beloved 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, a two-seater convertible that has been kept in a dusty barn in Essex since its owner's plans to restore it ground to a halt.
277"Tim's Golf GTI Obsession"
Fuzz and Tim are in Hampshire to repair a 1982 VW Golf GTI Mk1 that has been kept in a garage since a road collision in 2001. But they have different ideas about how the finished car should look.
288"Lancia Reborn"
Fuzz and Tim try to restore a high-end car, a 1967 Lancia Flavia coupé, that has been hidden away for over 30 years in a Rochdale garage, but the rebuild culminates in a race against the clock.
299"Little Black Corvette"
Tim and Fuzz head to Essex to rescue a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that has been off the road for years. But back at the workshop, they discover it might be a bigger job than they'd anticipated.
3010"Vive La Citroën"
Tim and Fuzz are off to Eastbourne in East Sussex to take on an iconic French front-wheel drive car, a 1954 Citroën Traction Avant belonging to former watchmaker and classic car lover Andrew.

Series 4Edit

Total episode no. No. in
Title Original air date
311"Volvo P1800"April 7, 2016 (2016-04-07)
Peter's 1964 Volvo P1800 gets heavenly treatment by Fuzz, Tim, and Sir Roger Moore.
322"AC Aceca"April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14)
Today Tim and Fuzz are off to Leeds to take on one of the most beautiful British sports cars that no one has ever heard of - the AC Aceca.
333"BMW 2002 Turbo"April 21, 2016 (2016-04-21)
A Car S.O.S. call comes in for a BMW 2002 Turbo, but it becomes apparent that this legendary motor might prove a restoration challenge too far.
344"Datsun 240Z"April 28, 2016 (2016-04-28)
Today Tim and Fuzz are off to West Sussex to rescue an iconic 1970s motor - the first truly successful Japanese car export - the Datsun 240z.
355"Range Rover Vogue SE"May 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a 1991 Range Rover, which is a sad reminder of happier days for the owner and her family.
366"Mazda MX5"May 12, 2016 (2016-05-12)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a sports car for a former ambulance driver in Plymouth, who was forced to abandon the project for health reasons.
377"Singer Le Mans"May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a two-seater sports car that has not been on the road for 17 years, belonging to a farmer suffering from dementia.
388"Vauxhall Astra GTE"May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)
General Motors was a late entrant to the hot hatch market - but when it did turn up to the party, it did so with an amazingly effective offering.
399"Mini Cooper S"June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)
Tim and Fuzz head to Eastbourne on a quest to secretly restore a 1962 Mini Cooper S and transform it into a Monte Carlo-winning replica.
4010"Tim and Fuzz's Greatest Hits"June 9, 2016 (2016-06-09)
Tim and Fuzz take a tour of the UK, to visit their favourite cars and owners after they've given them their cars back. They also air previously un-seen clips.

Series 5Edit

Total episode no. No. in
Title Original air date
411"Mercedes Pagoda"March 16, 2017 (2017-03-16)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1965 Mercedes 230 SL "Pagoda" that has previously been welded very poorly, to the point where Fuzz utters that it is the worst shell he has ever seen, and return it to its former glory.
422"Jaguar Mark 2"March 23, 2017 (2017-03-23)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a classic 1962 Mark 2 Jaguar 2.4 litre, which the owner couldn't restore due to serious complications after what was supposed to be a minor stomach operation.
433"Aston Martin DB6"March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw secretly restore an Aston Martin DB6 for an owner who has been prevented from working on it by health problems.
444"Fiat Dino"April 6, 2017 (2017-04-06)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore the smallest car they ever worked on for a man who has endured a series of family tragedies.
455"Renault 5 GT Turbo"April 13, 2017 (2017-04-13)
The Car SOS team restore a 1988 Renault 5 GT Turbo, the owner of which had a sudden kidney failure that has left him with an irreversible kidney disease, that makes it impossible for him to work on his beloved car.
466"Fiat 500"April 20, 2017 (2017-04-20)
The Car SOS team restore a Fiat 500, but when they discover the car has terminal rust, Fuzz and Tim travel to Italy to pick up a better shell, and restore it for its loving owner who has been dealing with the loss of his wife and son.
477"Sunbeam Alpine"April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27)
The Car SOS team restore a rusty, badly repaired 1960 Sunbeam Alpine, for its owner Ray who was left severely disabled after a series of unlucky events, which have rendered him completely unable to work on cars.
488"Caterham 7"May 4, 2017 (2017-05-04)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a Caterham 7 that belongs to a former amateur racer, who has had to retire from the track since being diagnosed with cancer.
499"Austin Tilly Truck"May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a former soldier's army truck that has been used as a farm vehicle for 60 years.
5010"Mazda RX-7"May 18, 2017 (2017-05-18)
Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw secretly restore a Japanese sports car with an unusual rotary engine belonging to a charity worker with a degenerative eye condition.

Series 6Edit

Total episode no. No. in
Title Original air date
511"MG MGA"March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
Tim and Fuzz get help from James Nesbitt as they try to fix up a 1959 MGA roadster that has been kept in a damp barn for over 40 years.
522"Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II"March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)
Tim and Fuzz secretly fix up an Italian car enthusiast's rusty World Rally-winning pride and joy. This restoration took a tragic turn when the car's owner died while it was being worked on. At the family's request, Fuzz and Tim completed the process as a tribute and returned the car to the owner's widow.
533"VW Karmann Ghia"March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)
Fuzz and Tim restore a 1965 German classic car for Lee, who has been unable to fix-up the vehicle himself due to ill health.
544"Triumph GT6"March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)
Marfan's syndrome means Andrew can no longer work on his classic 1971 sports car, so he is in for a surprise when Tim and Fuzz sneak it away for a secret fix-up.
555"Citroën DS"April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
Fuzz and Tim go to France to find a war veteran's old car, restore it after years of neglect, and return it to its previous owner.
566"Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser"April 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)
Fuzz and Tim secretly restore a Japanese off-roader that has developed engine problems while its owner was diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting disorder.
577"Peugeot 205 GTI"April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)
Tim and Fuzz team up with race legend Paddy Hopkirk to fix up their first rally car, aiming to give owner and former amateur driver Jeremy a day to remember.
588"Subaru Impreza"April 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)
Fuzz and Tim secretly restore a Japanese rally car belonging to a man unable to work on it due to a degenerative back condition.
599"Messerschmitt KR200"May 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)
Tim and Fuzz hope to surprise bubble car owner Sam with a secret fix-up of his much-loved Messerschmitt, but a tiny car proves a big challenge for the boys.
6010"Ford Capri"May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)
Tim and Fuzz get a 1974 Mk 1 Ford Capri back on the road for a woman who planned to rebuild the vehicle from the ground up was stopped by her heart condition.

7 Day Challenge SpecialEdit

Total episode no. No. in
Title Original air date
611"1959 Land Rover Part 1"February 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)
Tim and Fuzz get one week to fix up a Series 2 Land Rover in a record-breaking restoration in front of a live audience at the British Motor Museum. Mechanical mayhem with Ross Kemp.
622"1959 Land Rover Part 2"February 21, 2019 (2019-02-21)
The pressure's on as Tim and Fuzz race to finish 80-year-old Brian's 1959 Land Rover. Yes rocker Rick Wakeman joins the fix-up fun.

Series 7Edit

Total episode no. No. in
Title Original air date
631"Triumph TR4"February 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)
Tim and Fuzz promise to fix up a beloved Triumph TR4. But they quickly realise they've taken on one of the biggest jobs in the show's history.
642"Toyota Celica"March 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)
Tim and Fuzz try to surprise down-on-his-luck Noel with a secret fix-up of his beloved 1972 coupe.
653"Lotus Elise"April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
Tim and Fuzz steal away Sarah's beloved Lotus Elise, in order to bring a little happiness to a family whose lives have been struck by tragedy.
664"Ford Model A"April 18, 2019 (2019-04-18)
After a near fatal motorbike crash, classic car buff Craig was left with horrific brain damage. Craig's family hope that the restoration of his beloved 1930[7] Model A will help bring back a bit of their old dad.
675"Peugeot 504"April 25, 2019 (2019-04-25)
Retired dentist Barry had plans to restore his beloved Peugeot 504 convertible until he was laid low with arthritis. His family put out the Car SOS emergency call and Tim and Fuzz step in to save this 1971 French beauty.
686"Talbot Sunbeam Lotus"May 2, 2019 (2019-05-02)
Tim and Fuzz are called to Forfar in Scotland to rescue former fire fighter Jim's Talbot Sunbeam Lotus a rare championship winning rally car that turns out to be ever rarer than they at first thought.
697"Lamborghini Espada"April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
The boys take on their first Lamborghini V12 supercar when they are secret called in to rescue petrolhead Ged's 1971 Espada. Ged had part restored his car until heart and lung problems meant his plans had ground to a halt.
708"Volkswagen Transporter (T4)"May 9, 2019 (2019-05-09)
Tim and Fuzz take on a 1991 VW T4 Campervan. It's the much-loved motor of camper enthusiast Jon, whose plans to transform his van had to be put on hold after being diagnosed with cancer of the brain.
719"Ford Escort"April 25, 2019 (2019-04-25)
Tim and Fuzz travel to Jersey to take on a 1972 Ford Escort Mexico. The car is owned by Gary whose dream to one day own a show stopper was shattered when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
7210"Citroen 2CV"May 2, 2019 (2019-05-02)
Tim and Fuzz take on a 1983 Citroën 2CV - the French 'people's car' that won the heart of the whole world. Its owner Stephen, after being diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, was unable to continue its restoration.


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