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10 Coolest Cars From Current & Past Top Gear Presenters

Richard Hammond Morgan Plus 6

Top gear has given us decades of our favorite presenters racing sports cars on their tracks, racing against each other, causing power-sliding and chaos. But these cars were all loaned out for testing, not owning.


The British car show was launched in 1977 with a run of just 9 episodes, before the BBC took it over in 1978. The series picked up steam in the 1980s and 1990s, before undergoing a complete revamp and featuring the well-known trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, beginning in 2002 and continuing through today – with its fair share of issues related to the presenters. Some of the cars driven on the show impressed the various presenters so much that they actually went out to buy the cars for themselves – which sometimes ended in farce, as was the case with Clarkson’s Ford GT. the newer one Top gear presenters don’t quite have the same automotive history as the previous batch, but they still bought some pretty interesting cars.

While the presenters have many vehicles to their credit, the vehicles on this list are some of the coolest they own – from an ’80s hot hatch to a modern sports sedan that can embarrass supercars. Here are ten of the coolest cars from past and present Top gear presenters.

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10/10 Paddy McGuinness – Ford Escort XR3i

The Ford Escort XR3 was specifically designed to compete with the VW Golf GTI – even if it was a little late. The original XR3 featured a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder with Weber carburettors before the XR3i was introduced with fuel injection.

The XR3i produced about 110 horsepower – a little more than the Golf GTI Mk1 – which sent power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The Escort got a turbocharger in the form of the RS Turbo, but it was a bit disappointing as the model was constantly delayed. Still, Paddy McGuinness declared it to be one of his favorite cars.

9/10 Freddy Flintoff – Lamborghini Murcielago

Freddy Flintoff’s favorite car he’s owned is a little more exciting than an ’80s hot hatch. Lamborghini Murciélago was the flagship of the Raging Bull between the early 2000s and 2010, before being replaced by the Aventador.

The Murciélago featured the latest version of the famous Lamborghini V12 – an engine that has remained in production since the introduction of the original Lamborghini, the 350GT. Flintoff’s successful cricket career allowed him to afford this exotic slice of Italian automotive excellence.

8/10 Richard Hammond – Morgan Plus Six

Richard Hammond has owned many cars, but he loves classic cars – or at least cars that look classic. In 2019, Hammond stated that he intended to buy a new Morgan, the Plus Sixwith a BMW B58 turbocharged inline-6 ​​mated to an 8-speed automatic.

He used drive tribe to let viewers speculate on his car, eventually ending with a dark gray Morgan with red leather seats – pretty classy. He took delivery in early 2020, but unfortunately his property suffered some flooding in 2021 and the Morgan was a total loss. Still, he was lucky with the car for a few months.

7/10 Chris Harris – BMW M5 Touring E34

Chris Harris is a real car enthusiast. Not only does he love classic and retro German sports cars and sedans, but he also owns a few. Among his collection is a E28 M5 and – more importantly – a E34 M5 revs.

Admittedly, it’s not a true M5 Touring (only 891 were built), but a hodgepodge of E34s he made to look like an M5 Touring. The engine is the 3.5-litre from the 535i that supplies enough power to the rear wheels. Unfortunately, Harris sold his ‘M5 Touring’ to make way for new cars.

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6/10 James May – Alpine A110

James May – also known as ‘Captain Slow’ – has quite a few fast cars in his collection. Apart from owning many Ferraris, he also owns one of the first of the newer Alpine A110s. The model was revived in 2018 and is now sold in four different versions.

May likes the A110 because it’s light and easy to drive to the limit, yet uncomplicated when just driving normally. It features the 1.8-litre turbo from the Renault Megané RS, albeit slightly detuned. Although May has gotten rid of some of his older cars, it looks like he will keep the A110 for a while.

5/10 Jeremy Clarkson – Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser LWB

Jeremy Clarkson has a long history of cars – from his famous Mercedes-Benz CLK63 Black Series to a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, which he sold because people wanted to drag him into it. One of the strangest additions to his collection was a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser LWB, which he still owns.

The 600 was the car of choice for heads of state, dictators and all-round rich people – a point Clarkson made when comparing James May’s Rolls-Royce. The 600 Grosser LWB was the top model – just below the opulent Landaulet – and had a 6.3-liter V8 that produced 250 horsepower.

4/10 Richard Hammond – Jaguar E-Type S1

Another classic car in Hammond’s collection is an early S1 Jaguar E-Type fitted with the 3.8-litre straight-six instead of the larger 4.2-litre. Hammond drove it on an episode of Top Gear and still uses it for weekend rides and to car shows.

There’s a long-standing joke where James May stated that he would secretly and completely legally “steal” Hammond’s E-Type from him, going into great detail about how he would do it. It’s really very entertaining to listen to.

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3/10 James May – Ferrari 458 Speciale

The fastest car in James May’s collection is without a doubt his rare Ferrari 458 Speciale. May fell in love with the 458 on Top Gear, chose to air ride it at least three times, and was upset when Hammond chose it for their Spanish road trip.

May then went out and bought himself a 458 Italia, before quickly selling it and buying one of the last 458 Speciale models produced. The presenter has indicated that he has no intention of selling the 458 as his other cars – the Tesla Model S 100D and Toyota Mirai – offset the emissions.

2/10 Chris Harris – BMW M5 CS

Another German car purchase from Chris Harris was quite recent. After a showdown between the Audi RS e-tron GT and the BMW M5 CS, he concluded that while cars like the M5 are still around, we car enthusiasts should buy them. So he did.

Between his classic M5 and several other Mercedes-Benz models is a brand new M5 CS, finished in BMW Individual paint with gold accents and rims. It is a fantastic addition to its growing BMW collection, which now includes two CS models.

1/10 Jeremy Clarkson – Ford GT

Jeremy Clarkson’s ordeal with the Ford GT is quite well known. After test-driving a pre-production version in the US, he did everything he could to get on the list of people to buy one – which he succeeded after some rather disturbing demonstrations of how much he loved Ford.

The car arrived and it gave him nothing but trouble from day one. The first time he drove it to work, the engine’s start/stop button didn’t work and he had to drive home in a hybrid Toyota. At home, the car alarm went off constantly as if someone was stealing it, even if it was in a locked garage. After a month of trouble, he had enough and sold the GT with only 60 miles on the clock. Still, it was certainly one of the most memorable car stories ever talked about Top gear.