Car Masters: Rust to Riches Season 5 Review – Another highly enjoyable season of restorations & drama

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5


Episode Guide

Upping The Ante
Hit the Gas
Captain Man-Cave
Upgrade and Paid?
Abandon Ship
Divine Design
Going For Broke

Car Masters: Rags to Riches has been going strong now on Netflix for a while and season 5 doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. The premise is simple, and like previous seasons, sees a group of passionate car enthusiasts team up to turn junkyard scrapheaps into rich, impressive vehicles for all to marvel at – and make a tidy profit from.

This hybrid blend of Pimp My Ride and Big Timber is a really easy binge-watch and if you’ve been following the previous seasons, each of the different crew members bring a different flavour to the business.

Season 5 picks up where the previous one left off, with the Gotham Garage crew having made a deal with Nick, who helps with the connections and building up the business into exclusively tailoring for high-end clients. There’s also two newcomers to the group, Brian and Jake, all with the vision of expanding this business out to new heights it otherwise wouldn’t have managed.

As expected, there are teething problems with this idea and across the 8 episodes there’s a consistent theme that trickles back into to the team about how they feel regarding the expansion and the new business model of going after high-end clientele to make the biggest bucks possible.

All the usual suspects are here, with the face to face interviews including machinist Tony, owner Mark and the clients themselves, all helping to give this a reality TV shine.

Aesthetically, the show is very similar to previous seasons too so expect plenty of animations accompanying the engineers as they discuss the restorations and upgrades. This is a definite stand-out, as are the little testing scenes and the fly on the wall shots from inside the car and under the hood as the gang work on making these cars the best they possibly can be.

This year, there’s some really interesting vehicles being worked on, including a Tesla, a Ferrari 360 Spider, a ’69 Chevelle and even a Harley Dyna too. Car enthusiasts will be in their element here and even those who aren’t fully onboard with the mechanics and engineering of it all, will be brought in by the drama and seeing the transformations of these different vehicles. And to be honest, if you’ve made it to season 5, you’ll already know all this! This series is just as enjoyable as the previous ones, and well worth checking out.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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