Stowmarket firm spruce up Beetle for Channel Four TV show

Vehicle repair company James Sewell and Son have helped do up a VW Beetle for Channel 4 TV show For the Love of Cars''Pictured: Edward Debenham, James and Tina Newell ANL-150806-153900009
Vehicle repair company James Sewell and Son have helped do up a VW Beetle for Channel 4 TV show For the Love of Cars''Pictured: Edward Debenham, James and Tina Newell ANL-150806-153900009
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A Stowmarket vehicle bodywork company have helped transform a dilapidated VW Beetle for hit Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars.

James Newell and Son, on the Tomo Industrial estate, were part of car designer Ant Anstead’s team that helped rebuild the bodywork and spray paint the classic Volkswagen on the show aired on May 31.

James Newell and Son Ltd helped transform this VW Beetle for Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars. Pictured before. ANL-150906-154546001

James Newell and Son Ltd helped transform this VW Beetle for Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars. Pictured before. ANL-150906-154546001

The popular Channel Four series, which features Life on Mars star Philip Glennister, sees the two petrolhead presenters locate and refurbish an old classic or vintage vehicle, later selling it at auction.

In this project, the little Beetle outdid every expectation when it went under the hammer.

Expected to make around £8,000, the pretty bug ended up going for £14,000.

Tina Newell said: “Although we have done work on many VW camper vans, this is the first 58’ Beetle we have worked on.

James Newell and Son Ltd helped transform this VW Beetle for Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars. Pictured after. ANL-150906-154533001

James Newell and Son Ltd helped transform this VW Beetle for Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars. Pictured after. ANL-150906-154533001

“The end result went far and beyond what they thought it would.”

This year James Newell and Son Ltd celebrate their 35th anniversary.

The family company specialise in breathing new life into a variety of commercial vehicles.

Tina said: “At the moment we are turning an old Bedford ambulance into a mobile juice bar.”

The completed VW Beetle is also due to appear on the front cover of August’s VolksWorld magazine.