Our garage throwdown is complete and four unique vehicles built by talented teams from some of the best garages are ready to be bid upon by automotive fans everywhere. Each garage was challenged to build a vehicle with base vehicles and parts purchased entirely from eBay with the goal of giving the proceeds from the auction to their favorite charity.
After 60 days of intense planning and dedicated labor, the vehicles are finished and the charity auction is set to begin at noon (PST) on Tuesday, September 4, and will run through Friday, September 14.
The charity auction will benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the SEMA Scholarship Fund, SEMA Cares, and The California Trail Users Coalition.
If you haven’t been watching our BUILT web-series, the vehicles include a 1966 Chevy El Camino (sporting a new 350 crate motor and no less than 18 coats of candy red paint), a 1984 Porsche 911 (completely transformed into a rally car), a 1970 Jeep Grand Cherokee Commando (modified into an enormous trail monster complete with a 350 Ram Jet engine) and a 1968 Chevy G20 Van (turned into a WWII aircraft-inspired hot rod with authentic plane parts).
Visit www.builtfromebay.com to view and bid on the vehicles.
Who built what, and which charities will benefit?
Project: 1968 Chevy G20 Van
Charity: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Located in Huntington Beach, Calif. – the home of hot rod culture – Mackey’s Hot Rods restored a 1968 Chevy G20 Van into a WWII aircraft-inspired hot rod with authentic plane parts. The charity auction will benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, in honor of Mackey’s close family friend Richard “Spider” Smith, who flew the planes that inspired the van’s look.
Project: 1966 Chevy El Camino
Charity: SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund
Duran’s Quality Painting and owner Rico Duran took an undrivable 1966 El Camino and turned it into a hot rod of candy red perfection, complete with a new 350 crate motor. To ensure that the world continues to churn out automotive masters like Rico Duran, proceeds from the El Camino’s charity auction will benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to college students who plan to enter the automotive field.
Project: 1984 Porsche 911
Charity: SEMA Cares
Michael Essa and Nick Richards, the co-owners of GSR Autosport took a pristine 1984 Porsche 911 and transformed it into a completely different vehicle: a rally car with Enkei wheels, Perelli tires and Recaro seats. Proceeds from the charity auction of the vehicle will benefit SEMA Cares, an organization that works directly with Childhelp and Victory Junction Camp to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
Project: 1970 Jeep Grand Cherokee Commando
Charity: California Trail Users Coalition
Mel Wade and his team at Off Road Evolution took an obscure early-70’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Commando and turned it into a trail monster with a 350 Ram Jet engine, Nitto wheels and tires, and King coilover shocks, ready for any rocky path or stream. The Jeep’s charity auction will fittingly benefit the California Trail Users Coalition, which fights to keep trails open for off-roading.
Do you have a favorite build from the series? Use the comments section below and give us your thoughts as to which vehicle excels or maybe tell us what you would do with the custom build if you won the charity auction.
To check out the auction beginning at noon on September 4, and to learn more about the vehicles and view the BUILT series, visit: www.builtfromebay.com