Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 3 review – another fuelled instalment

August 4, 2021
Daniel Hart 10
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Car Masters: Rust to Riches is a series that is destined to stay — it has the energy of an endless reality show due to the widening scope of what the crew can do.

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3.5

Summary

Car Masters: Rust to Riches is a series that is destined to stay — it has the energy of an endless reality show due to the widening scope of what the crew can do.

Netflix’s Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 3 was released on the streaming service on August 4, 2021. 

As we stated in season 2, Car Masters: Rust to Riches is a surprisingly well-thought-out reality series that flagrantly angles towards the petrol heads, but at the same time, shows some recognition to the process of converting tired cars and trucks and converting them into something special for trade. From my perspective, I’m not a car enthusiastic, and I’m not entirely interested in the process of auctioning and trading. If this were a series about motor racing, my ears would peak. However, what grabs my attention in this highly creative show is the business acumen behind Gotham Garage’s passion. Despite loving their world, this pressure to make a profit, and be within budget, gives the series an added dimension; there’s plenty of honesty in the concept. It’s not a show-off gig for interested scrap car marketeers.

Not much sets itself apart from its predecessor in Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 3. By sticking to the same concept, the Netflix reality series gives eager audiences 8 more chapters of glorious renovations and tricky encounters. The first chapter shows the crew turning a 1933 Ford replica into an art deco Delahaye; there’s plenty of raised eyebrows on whether they can make the car drift, especially on a highly technical track.

But there’s clearly longevity in a series like this. With so many many models of vehicles, Car Masters: Rust to Riches has the same sell-by-date a the likes of Top Gear, where the possibilities and scope are endless. It will be interesting to see if Netflix expands the brand with the crew and brings in specials, putting the crew on projects that far exceed the realms of their garage. But with the budget always a factor, that may seem unlikely for now (Netflix, throw that cash, baby!).

Regardless, Car Masters: Rust to Riches is a series that is destined to stay — it has the energy of an endless reality show due to the widening scope of what the crew can do.

What do you think of Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 3? Comment below. 

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10 thoughts on “Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 3 review – another fuelled instalment

  • August 8, 2021 at 6:56 am
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    I think you have left out one of the most important gems of this series. The fact that a model is the very experienced engine specialist. She is an icon for her representation of all that girls and women can aspire to be. I am super impressed by her and hope she is spreading her message on the lecture circuit. Well done to Ms. Nunes.

  • August 8, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    Show has got to be fake. If ypu look at the “carbon fiber” on the hayabusa, its just a cheap wrap. How the hell can the ask 250k for a package with a bike thats been wrapped by a 10 year old. I know they tried to make it look better with camera amgles, but the wrinkles and edges were so bad.

  • August 8, 2021 at 8:12 pm
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    Enjoy this show but man S3E1 makes me asks some serious questions which shatter the immersion of this show. I Didn’t see one real drift from the Merc, only cleverly edited scenes to make it look like it was somewhat drifting. They all looked like serious spinout with oversteer that were cut short. I am no drift expert, however the front wheel camber was way off form what I have seen on drift cars. Also, power steering on this car or not? And those super wide rear tyres…..surely you don’t want too much rear traction on a drift car. I did like the car but I have doubts as to whether it could do what was claimed. And , why paint it all nice outside but leave the engine bay dirty and unpainted. Come on! Then on to that Ford/Delahae or whatever. Seriously? 60 k for what looks like a really cheap kit car. This is NOT the same standard as the first season. This thing has terrible lines along the fenders and side skirts. The edges don’t match or line up, pieces overlap, there are gaps between parts , the side pieces on the fenders did not follow the curve of the fender smoothly and they were straight vertical side, not convex/curved outwars to match the fender itself. It was like a low polygon version in a cheap PC game. And the windscreen frame did not even sit flush on the car hood. There are hug gaps underneath. I would not have accepted that car either. I loved season 1 and 2 but this episode left me with a sour aftertaste in my mouth, as if everything was rushed to cash in on views. It was like preordering Cyberpunk.

  • August 9, 2021 at 4:57 am
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    I really enjoy the show but I agree there are some serious holes in the quality of the builds. Take the Hayabusa Custom bike for pairing with the concept car. When they showed it close up the “carbon fiber trim” is obvious tape/wrap and is creased and sloppily put on. The cut of the and fit of the fiberglass was lacking too. Sharp edges and uneven cuts. Same with several other cars. The cast seem to have real ability but the cars feel “mocked” up just for the show most times. Maybe they are more worried about the script than the quality. Others on this feed have pointed other real issues for the builds.

  • August 9, 2021 at 11:34 am
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    I agree the build look good from a distance, then on closer inspection the build quality is not there. Gaps, runs in paint work, unpainted surfaces

  • August 10, 2021 at 1:55 am
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    The build quality was absolutely lacking this season. The whole thing just felt like it was heavily scripted ( i know it is ) and all that matters was the story. The hot tub was a a shambles, the delahae didnt flow and looked like something you would see in uganda from one of those back yard engineers. The concept car and busa had the cheapest look of them all, 250k you gotta be kidding, id pay 10k tops and only use the running gear.

  • August 11, 2021 at 8:31 am
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    Horrific quality in all their builds. They’re attention to detailing the vehicles was NON EXISTENT. No descent metal work or originality in designs on their water jet. I’m a huge fan of the show but this was slapdash at most. They can and have done better ( even though it’s not a”real” reality show)

  • August 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm
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    I love seasons 1 and 2, But season 3 is very bad.

    When starting the concept car, Constance and Caveman don’t want to say anythings because the idea is too risky and may make the team to the end.

    We can see a lot of bad quality on these cars, and I can’t believe that would come from Gotham Garage. I don’t want to blame Gotham Garage team members, but I don’t think this is a true man show.
    1. The bus painting’s quality is very bad. You can see runs and sags paint mistakes on the front bumper
    2. Carbon fiber on HAYABUSA is a wrap, that is the type and that could change back to the original. That looks like they borrow someone’s motorcycle and just for the show.
    3. No one will use HAYABUSA to change a weird Prius like this. I prefer to buy the original one rather than this one.
    4. Virtual auction is the worst idea, everyone knows that’s for this show because this car is good but not the best. No one will agree that front and rear camera is high-tech. Everyone’s car has it in our country and it’s basic equipment.

  • August 15, 2021 at 10:33 am
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    I agree with these comments. Look for real constructors and real tuners and compare. Also the outdated technology: carburetors, etc… And the guy always boasting about his “creativeness” and everything look as subpar imitations. Also, I know he doesn’t like critics, but come on ! Spiderwebs ?! Give us a break…

  • August 15, 2021 at 11:22 pm
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    DELAHAYE?? What the…..? This demonstrates why Picasso wasn’t a car designer. Engine turned windshield frame? Visible screws holding trim on? WOW!

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