Car Masters: Rust to Riches
GenreReality television
StarringMark Towle
Tony Quinones
Constance Nunes
Shawn Pilot
Michael "Caveman" Pyle
Nick Smith
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes40
Production
Executive producersWill Ehbrecht
Rob Hammersley
Mark Kadin
John Stokel
Michael Lutz
Scott Popjes[1]
Production locationCalifornia
Running time31–40 min.
Production companyMak Pictures
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) –
present

Car Masters: Rust to Riches is an American reality television series on Netflix. The premise revolves around the crew from Gotham Garage, who have built a number of props for movie studios and television shows over the years.[2] The group, led by Mark Towle, give classic cars modern makeovers[3] in an attempt to raise their value and ultimately earn the company large profits. Each episode takes up one unique project.[4][5][1]

The first season of Car Masters: Rust to Riches, consisting of eight episodes, was released on September 14, 2018. The second season was released on March 27, 2020. Season three premiered on August 4, 2021, season four on July 27, 2022, and season five on December 13, 2023.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
28March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
38August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
48July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
58December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)

Season 1 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
11"Outsmarted"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The Gotham Garage crew tries to convert a 1964 Ford Thunderbird into a bonafide "rocket car" while giving a smart car the monster-truck treatment.
22"Green Is the New Black"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The team tackles a disassembled 1970 Chevy C-10 Fleetside in order to upgrade and trade it for a very valuable 1939 Zephyr car body.
33"Buggin' Out"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The crew tries to help out a friend at a steep discount with a Volkswagen Bug hot-rod upgrade. Mark gets overly creative with a T-bucket overhaul.
44"Junkyard Jewels"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Shawn and Mark get a sweet haul in a trade. Tony and Caveman tag-team a 1956 Chevy truck as Constance takes on a vintage VW microbus.
55"Frank'N'Bus"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Shawn locates an unconventional option for the bus engine but struggles to find a potential buyer. The crew gets some help from a hot-rod icon.
66"Life-Size"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The team aims to bring some Hot Wheels dreams to life in order to trade up for a rare Lincoln Futura replica. Shawn tries to rein in Mark’s impulses.
77"Two for the Money"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The team members race to beat the clock in pursuit of a six-figure car. Mark's quest for a shop truck brings up meaningful memories.
88"Back to the Future"September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The crew hustles to complete its ambitious upgrade of a 1955 Futura in time for a big auto show. Has Gotham Garage finally landed its six-figure car?

Season 2 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
91"Electric Drag"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
With the new shop open for business, the Gotham crew upgrades a 1953 Buick Special and then attempts a first: converting a gas engine to electric.
102"Totaled Disaster"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
After suffering a massive setback, the crew focuses on flipping a souped-up motorcycle for some cash and finding their next great trade-up car.
113"Something Borrowed, Something Renewed"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
As Shawn tries to rectify a deal gone bad, he pushes Mark to take on a sentimental project. The garage gets a chance to impress a splashy new client.
124"Motorboatin'"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
Mark pushes more boundaries with his next two upgrades: overhauling a minivan so it’s fit for rock stars and giving the Corvette treatment to a boat.
135"Later, Vaydor"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
Shawn pursues the pieces he needs for a big trade while Mark puts his stamp on a kit car. The garage is treated to a surprise visitor: Caveman’s mom.
146"The Crow"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
Mark and Shawn finally make progress on a big deal. The crew fixes up a jalopy for a local race, then dives in to upgrade a legit vintage race car.
157"Deal with It"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
As Mark overhauls a 1947 military-style Dodge Power Wagon, Shawn finds himself in the driver’s seat when he surveys buyers for a 1960 Plymouth XNR.
168"Petersen Built"March 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
The crew collectively weighs the opportunity of a lifetime — one that entails a great deal of prestige, but comes at a hefty cost.

Season 3 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
171"Taking the High-End Road"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
Business is booming for the Gotham crew, thanks to their recent recognition. Next up, they tackle turning a 1933 Ford replica into an art deco Delahaye.
182"The Italian Job"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
To finance a costly job redo, the crew works on an El Camino cash car for a very demanding client while overhauling an International Harvester Scout.
193"Ride from the Ashes"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
With everyone desperate for cash, Tony sees opportunity in a sentimental build. Shawn has a tough time finding a buyer for Mark's woody iteration.
204"Wheels on the Bus"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
After some creative dealmaking, Shawn frets over Mark's hot take on a Bel Air. An academic achievement leads to a school bus upgrade for Caveman.
215"Hot Tub Time Machine"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
After some creative dealmaking, Shawn frets over Mark's hot take on a Bel Air. An academic achievement leads to a school bus upgrade for Caveman.
226"Lowrider Long Shot"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
Mark harbors a lowrider vision for a vintage Impala, aimed at financing his high-concept car. As expected, the plans quickly get very elaborate.
237"Proof of Concept"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
Mark's Hayabusa hopes are tied to his take on a Prius. Shawn tries to generate buzz ahead of an auction, but a real-world roadblock gets in his way.
248"Going, Going... Gone?"August 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)
The crew gets creative when social distancing hurts their hopes for a big payday. But Mark's high price demands may end up costing them even more.

Season 4 (2022)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
251"Dumpster Divin'"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
Eager to make some cash, the crew gets to work on two projects: creating a rat rod from scratch and making a customer's Elite Laser 917 race-worthy.
262"All In the Family Wagon"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
Shawn pitches the Gotham crew on an upgrade-and-trade deal involving a 1957 Chevy. Also on the agenda: an epic automotive mash-up.
273"Ready for Lift Off"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
Mark and Shawn visit a salvage yard with hopes of trading in their newly completed '57 Chevy for some good old-fashioned Detroit iron.
284"Life of the Party Bus"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
After losing money on a build, the Gotham crew gets back to doing what they do best by turning a 1954 Army ambulance into a blinged-out party bus.
295"Brotherly Love"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
A broker representing a wealthy client shows interest in the yet-to-be-sold concept car combo. Later, Caveman pitches the crew on a project for a pal.
306"Riding High End"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
The Gotham Garage crew sets out to turn a Lincoln Zephyr that's seen better days into something truly special for a high-profile car show.
317"Go Big Rig or Go Home"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
While the crew cranks on the Zephyr, Shawn pitches Mark on a deal involving a 1957 Kenworth big rig, just like the one Mark's dad used to drive.
328"Special Delivery"July 27, 2022 (2022-07-27)
Pumped at the opportunity to be on the cover of a Speedway catalog, Mark and company pull out all the stops to get the Zephyr ready for its closeup.

Season 5 (2023)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
331"Upping the Ante"November 13, 2023 (2023-23-13)
A tribute to the '69 Dodge Charger Daytona gives newbies Brian and Jake a chance to prove their skills. Shawn's plan could snare a Ferrari 458 Italia.
342"Hit the Gas"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
The garage shifts into overdrive when a client wants a practically unheard-of modification to a Tesla. The transformed Dodge hits the track.
353"Captain Man-Cave"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
In a jam, Shawn needs to find a buyer for an unusual hot rod. Gotham Garage takes on a venture that could lead to lucrative business in the future.
364"Franken-Tank"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
Crew members air concerns about the garage's direction. A Harley Dyna gets a sleek, sinister look. Mark puzzles over a request for a novelty vehicle.
375"Upgrade and Paid?"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
Tony has $10K to make over a dual-cab bricknose truck. The rat rod takes shape. Mark and Shawn look at a Ferrari 360 Spider — which comes with baggage.
386"Abandon Ship"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
While waiting on the Ferrari news, the team turns an old pontoon boat into a floating party bus. A '69 Chevelle gets a 21st-century update.
397"Divine Design"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
Mark takes a huge risk and the shop needs cash — fast. A customer returns to check out a revamped American classic with a $60K price tag.
408"Going For Broke"December 13, 2023 (2023-12-13)
Gotham makes bold modifications to the Ferrari while respecting its pedigree — a gamble that could make or break the shop. The car debuts at a party.

Release

The first season of Car Masters: Rust to Riches was released on September 14, 2018 on Netflix.[6]

References

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