Viral Mechanic reveals how much it cost to transform this collectible car [VIDEO]

A Kenyan mechanic identified as Dennis Were, who went viral online after transforming his classic 1986 Peugeot 504, has revealed how much he spent on the immaculate beast.

Speaking exclusively to Kenyans on Sunday, January 30, the Nairobi-based mechanic noted that he had spent a sum of Ksh 300,000 to transform the car which otherwise was gathering dust in his garage.

He further revealed that the entire exercise, which he launched on December 9, 2021, took 6 weeks.

“It had been parked for 10 years. I’m a mechanic. I started doing bodywork and restoring cars 10 years ago. I was still a young man,” Were said, explaining that the car was doing part of his collection.

Went viral on social media on Sunday, January 30, after sharing the before and after photos of her classic ride.

Early photos showed a battered Peugeot spotting a tired yellow color, but after the exercise the car emerged with a shimmering syrup brown color and a new value of Ksh 900,000.

Below is the video showing the transformation:

His journey to the top of the industry, as he admitted, hasn’t been easy. We started out salvaging wrecked cars, but his interest in the classic was piqued when a client approached him.

“I started with salvage cars, there was a craze at the time. I repaired for them (customers) then they resold and because of my passion I decided if I could restore a damaged car , why not try the classic restorations.

“I had a client, a civil servant. She had a 1975 Datsun 1600. I restored it for her and it went viral at the time.

The dream was short-lived, however, as the necessary market research had not been done before he went into business.

Dennis Were who restored a dented 1986 Peugeot 504.

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Dennis revealed that after securing a few clients, he discovered some would not live up to his quote, leading to losses, which then forced him to close the classic catering division for a year.

“I started the garage, did a few jobs which went well, but I realized classic cars weren’t a cheap deal. Most guys only buy classic cars because that they are cheap. They buy the cars as starters. They couldn’t repair to expected standards. .

“I decided to make a show car and if people can reach the budget I will restore it for them. This car was lying around and I decided to make it a show car. I did for my own research,” he added. .

When he revives, he decides to start by restoring his own car to determine the quotes and establishes that he will only work on two cars at a time.

“I can’t work on more than two classics. I have to work on time because classic cars involve a lot and if you juggle a lot of cars you’re going to mess up,” he explained.

He now runs Hojinx Motors located near Wanye Road in Nairobi’s Dagoretti Corner. The company has two partners and 20 employees.

The new look of the restored 1986 Peugeot 504.

The new look of the restored 1986 Peugeot 504.

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