Carspotting

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  • TV-14
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (47)

Carspotting was a reality television series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2017. The show was an American spin-off of a British program called "Turbo Pickers," which followed a team of car enthusiasts as they traveled the country in search of rare and valuable vehicles.

In each episode of Carspotting, the team of experts - made up of custom car builder Lou Santiago, automotive journalist Jared Zimmerman, and when in Philadelphia detailer and wheel specialist, Jeff Allen - would search for dilapidated, forgotten, or underappreciated cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Their goal was to find potential gems that could be restored, customized, and ultimately sold for a profit.

The show's format tended to vary from episode to episode, but typically, the team would explore different regions and communities across America, looking for interesting vehicles and meeting the people who owned or worked on them. They would often connect with local car clubs, attend auctions, or visit scrapyards looking for cars that could be saved from the scrapheap.

Once the team had identified a promising car, they would get to work, sometimes enlisting the help of local mechanics or other professionals to assist with the project. Whether it was fixing an engine, restoring a body, or creating a one-of-a-kind interior, the team would work tirelessly to bring the vehicle back to life.

One of the unique elements of Carspotting was the team's commitment to customizing cars in unconventional ways. They were not interested in restoring cars to their original condition, but rather, in transforming them into something bold, beautiful, and unique. This meant that they might add flamethrowers to a vintage Cadillac, or turn a dilapidated fire truck into a rolling barbecue pit. In this way, the show appealed to fans of both traditional car restoration as well as more modern approaches to customization.

Throughout each episode, the team would keep a running tally of their expenses and compare it to the estimated selling price of the finished product. The hope was always to turn a profit, but they often faced unexpected setbacks or complications that threatened to derail their plans.

Ultimately, the heart of Carspotting was the team's passion for cars and their willingness to take risks, work hard, and have fun. While the show dealt with serious challenges, it also featured plenty of lighthearted moments, such as when the team found a rare DeLorean in a barn or when they stumbled upon a field of abandoned Soviet cars.

Overall, Carspotting was an engaging and entertaining show that combined elements of adventure, family, and entrepreneurship. While it only ran for one season, it remains a favorite among car enthusiasts and fans of reality television alike.

Carspotting is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on July 31, 2017.

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Seasons
Barn Rules
6. Barn Rules
October 17, 2017
Carlos finds a 1969 Camaro sitting in a barn, partially restored, and convinces the owner to give him the job of finishing her up. The car is a disaster, and Carlos must figure out how to make his client happy, and not go broke in the process.
Barn Rules
5. Barn Rules
August 28, 2017
Carlos finds a 1969 Camaro sitting in a barn, partially restored, and convinces the owner to give him the job of finishing it up.
Surviving the Cyclone
4. Surviving the Cyclone
August 21, 2017
Carlos buys a 1970 Mercury Cyclone from a monster truck driver and works to turn it into a cop-themed hot rod for the town's retiring police chief; a tight budget and rare parts make the build a monumental challenge.
Field of Machines
3. Field of Machines
August 14, 2017
Carlos buys a 1968 Mustang convertible and anticipates an easy build, but it quickly turns out to be anything but; Carlos luckily finds a buyer, but he wants a Shelby tribute Mustang, which is nothing like what Carlos and the crew had in mind.
Diamond in the Rust
2. Diamond in the Rust
August 7, 2017
Carlos purchases a '57 GMC big window truck and finds a buyer who wants it quickly turned into a low-riding hot rod; in order to offset costs for the huge job, Carlos buys an oddly decorated '64 Impala as a quick flip.
Woulda, Shoulda, 'Cuda
1. Woulda, Shoulda, 'Cuda
July 31, 2017
Carlos and his crew use a drone to locate a treasure trove of classic vehicles in a remote wooded area; Carlos has five weeks to turn a 1970 'Cuda into a $65,000 real-life Hot Wheels car.
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Where to Watch Carspotting
Carspotting is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Carspotting on demand at Max and Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Discovery.
  • Premiere Date
    July 31, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (47)