Here’s Richard Hammond’s Car Collection Worth More Than $2 Million

By Simon Boseman

Published July 23, 2024

Here’s Richard Hammond’s Car Collection Worth More Than $2 Million

Table of Contents

  • 1999 Jaguar XJR
  • 1969 MG Midget Mark III
  • 1963 Opel Kadett AKA Oliver
  • Fiat 500 TwinAir
  • 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Richard Hammond, the sensational presenter from Top Gear, is doing something surprising. Instead of buying more fancy cars, he's actually selling most of them! It's not what you'd expect from someone in their 50s. But there's a reason behind it. Hammond is selling his cars to fund his workshop and TV show. Yes, you heard it right. The adventurous car guy is making a practical move. Now, instead of driving sleek sports cars, he's cruising around in a pickup truck or a reliable Land Rover. Let's find out what has been in the legendary Richard Hammond's car collection. Exciting, right? Let's jump right in! 

And hey, you might also want to check the car collections of his copresenters, Jeremy and James.

21. 1999 Jaguar XJR

“I loved it! It was my daily for a while,” Hammond says. “I sold it when I was having one of my regular culls of stuff—I’d run out of space—and it was a ‘Ooh, I regret selling that,’ immediately. Instantly. And I have thought about it a few times since.”

Back on the market, Hammond opted to repurchase it and reached out to the dealer. The vehicle was offered to him at a reasonable price. Allegedly maintained by a single owner since his initial sale, the car remains in remarkably good condition. As Hammond settles into the driver's seat, one can observe his reaction to a rush of memories flooding back.

1999 Jaguar XJRSpecs
Powertrain4.0-liter V8
Horsepower370 hp
Torque387 lb-ft
Transmission 5-Speed Auto
0-60 mphNA
Top SpeedNA

Hammonds says with a laugh “Oh! That is weird. That is… I’ve just shot straight back. Immediately. But interacting with the gear lever – yeah, nothing’s changed,”

20. 1969 MG Midget Mark III

1969 MG Midget Mark III

The MG Midget was one of the most popular cars among enthusiasts in the mid-1900s and classic car enthusiasts believed that the MG models were the icons of the European sportscar genre. They were light, fast, and fun to drive.

Richard Hammond has one of the 1969 MG Midget Mark III models in his collection, which has been restored just like most of his other classic cars. Even though the Mark III model wasn’t as well accepted back in the day as it had a lower power rating, it still manages to draw attention towards the driver whenever it’s out.

1969 MG Midget Mark IIISpecs
Powertrain1.3-liter Inline-4
Horsepower65 hp
Torque72 lb-ft
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
0-60 mph14 seconds
Top SpeedNA

The 1969 MG Midget Mark III came with a black inset grille, Rostyle wheels with optional wires, and numerous other features and amenities. Apart from that the the Midget Mark III was also quite well known for his handling and overall driving experience.

19. 1963 Opel Kadett AKA Oliver

1963 Opel Kadett AKA Oliver

The 1963 Opel Kadett is probably the most famous car in Richard Hammond’s car collection, and, most of you might know it by the name: Oliver. This one might not be the fastest, flashiest, or most luxurious car in his collection, but he probably loves it the most.

This is a car that was used in an episode of Top Gear where Hammond was rolling through Botswana in Africa. I guess he fell in love with the car. I'm pretty sure this car was also used in a cab episode where cab cars from all over the world were used in a race to see which country had the best cabbie. And it was definitely used as an obstacle in a truck episode of Top Gear.

1963 Opel KadettSpecs
Price$7,000 (Estimated Valuation)
Powertrain993 cc Inline-4
Horsepower40 hp
Torque52 lb-ft (Approximate)
Transmission 4-Speed Manual

The 1963 Opel Kadett is a two-door saloon car that came with enough space to comfortably accommodate 4 adults, apart from that on the interior the Kadett was adorned with imitation leather or fabric covers, and it provided ample luggage capacity.

18. Fiat 500 TwinAir

The cutest car in Richard Hammond's collection is the Fiat 500 TwinAir. Talking to an interview he said- " I mostly drive around in a Fiat 500 TwinAir, and that's a pretty small car". But that is the core personality of the car it is known for.

The iconic compact profile and subtle finish robbed Richard's attention and hence the celebrity drives it daily. The TwinAir is Fiat's development engine that benefits in compressing air and begetting more fuel efficiency.

Fiat 500 TwinAirSpecs
Price$14,775 (sale price)
Engine0.9L turbo inline-2
Horsepower84 HP
Torque106 LB-FT
Transmission5-speed manual
0-60 MPH10 seconds
Top Speed108 MPH

The Fiat 500 TwinAir even being quite a cheap 2-door car comes with numerous features and amenities such as LED daytime running lights, a multi-function steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, rear parking sensors and many more.

17. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Richard Hammond's candidate in the Grand Tour special 'The Scandi Flick', the 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is a high-performance variant of the Subaru Impreza compact car. The car has been customized in Richard Hammond's garage, The Smallest Cog. It was the third generation of the WRX STI model and saw some changes from the previous year, including a revised front bumper, rear diffuser, and suspension upgrades.

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STISpecs
Price$15,000 - $25,000
Engine2.0-Liter I-4
Horsepower300 hp
Torque300 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
0-60 MPH5.3 sec
Top Speed155 MPH

The 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STI features a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and stiffer suspension components for improved handling. Apart from that it also came with a speed proportional power steering wheel, front fog lights, and a plethora of other features and functionalities.

16. 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Courtesy of BBC Top Gear Richard Hammond received a chance to experience American muscle cars back in 2008. His tour left such a mark on him that he went and bought a red color 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. The car featured in one of the Top Gear episodes and since then sits in his garage.

Although he doesn’t regularly drive it, Richard makes sure the Challenger gets driven once in a while. That said, in 2008 the Challenger SRT8 started at $37,995.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8Specs
Engine6.1-liter V8
Horsepower425 hp
Torque420 lb-ft
Transmission5-speed automatic
0-60 MPH4.9 sec
Top Speed173 MPH

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was not just a powerful muscle car, it was also quite practical and came with a plethora of features and functions such as High-intensity discharge headlights, tilt, and telescopic steering wheel, heated seats keyless entry, and many more.

 15. 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390

1968 Ford Mustang GT 390

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 is a highly sought-after classic car that is beloved by car enthusiasts and collectors for its powerful engine, sleek styling, and iconic status as a symbol of American muscle car culture.

While not the exact car Steve McQueen drove in the classic film Bullitt, this vehicle shares the same make and model. Under the hood, it boasts the same powerful gear, but with a distinctive Hot Wheels styling. The color itself is famously known as Steve-McQueen-Bullitt-Green, highlighting the enduring popularity of both the car and its iconic hue. Given Richard Hammond's affinity for American muscle cars, it comes as no surprise that he actively sought out one of these timeless classics.

1968 Ford Mustang GT 390Specs
Engine6.4-liter V8
Horsepower325 hp
Torque427 lb-ft
Transmission4-speed manual
0-60 MPH7.0 sec
Top Speed124 MPH

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 apart from the revised grille and new interior options offered an array of standard features and functions both on the interior and the exterior, some of the features include a dual exhaust system, heavy-duty suspension, power front disc brakes, and many more.

14. 1999 Lotus Espirit 

Richard Hammond with his 1999 Lotus Espirit and bikes

Another icon in Richard Hammond’s car collection is the 1999 Lotus Espirit. Lotus was always a brand that made special cars for enthusiasts. The cars they make are immensely engaging and exhilarating to drive. For those who love driving and slaying corners, going on racetracks, or hunting down canyon roads, Lotus is the number one manufacturer we’d suggest.

The Lotus journey began in 1952 when Colin Chapman, along with a group of enthusiasts, established Lotus Engineering Ltd. in North London. Initially, the company focused on modifying and tuning existing sports cars.

The 1999 Lotus Espirit in Richard Hammond’s garage comes with a V8 motor making nearly 350 horses. Check out the specs of the 1999 Lotus Espirit below-

1999 Lotus Espirit Specs
Powertrain3.5-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8
Horsepower350 hp
Torque296 lb-ft
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
0-60 mph4.8 seconds
Top Speed178 mph

The 1999 Lotus Espirit apart from the the sleek and aerodynamic looks offered several amenities as well. Some of the amenities include heated leather seats, power windows, lightweight alloy wheels, and cruise control.

13. 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

The 1969 Dodge Charger needs no introduction. If there is something as popular as or more popular than the Ford Mustang in the muscle car culture of the 1960s, then it’s the Dodge Charger. It was one of the quickest, freakiest muscle cars of its time with insanely big engines, and boy oh boy, they used to smoke European exotics like a piece of cake, especially on a drag race.

The older 1968 version of this magnificent muscle car found fame in iconic shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and as the villain in Bullitt. Undoubtedly, it exudes a boss-like aura. Hammond once noted on a Top Gear episode that the handling of the '68 Charger SRT8 was quite subpar. Interestingly, he seemed more forgiving when it came to the handling of the 2008 Charger SRT8. Perhaps, that choice aligns with a more logical perspective.

1969 Dodge Charger R/TSpecs
Powertrain7.2-liter V8
Horsepower375 hp
Torque480 lb-ft
Transmission 3-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph4.8 seconds (Approximate)
Top SpeedNA

The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T is a rear-wheel drive muscle car that was surely powerful enough to compete with its European counterparts. But besides the power and the performance the Charger R/T also offered a handful of features and amenities like an interior wrapped in leather and wood grain, updated suspensions, performance tires, and many more.

12. 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S

For every petrolhead, a Porsche is a must-have and Richard Hammond’s love for the 911 is no hidden fact. Throughout his career, he has owned and sold several Porsche cars but the 2006 911 Carrera S has been retained by him. He has one in black, which was priced at $81,400 when new.

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera SSpecs
Engine3.8-liter flat-6
Horsepower355 hp
Torque295 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
0-60 MPH4.6 sec
Top Speed182 MPH

The 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S offered 19-inch wheels as standard, apart from that it also came with bigger red brake calipers compared to the 2005 model, bi-xenon headlights, leather seats, power glass moonroof, and tons of other features and functionalities.

11. 1969 Jaguar E-Type

 1969 Jaguar E-Type

The 1969 Jaguar E-Type is the most beautiful car in Richard Hammond’s possession. Such is his affection for the Jaguar that it is one of the few classic cars he still hasn’t sold off.

Hammond’s E-Type is finished in light blue and is estimated to be worth $98,000 in today’s money.

1969 Jaguar E-TypeSpecs
Engine4.2-liter inline-6
Horsepower266 hp
Torque283 lb-ft
Transmission4-speed manual
0-60 MPH6.7 sec
Top Speed144 MPH

The 1969 Jaguar E-Type was aesthetically quite exceptional for its time, but apart from that the E-Type was also competent in terms of performance and also offered numerous features and functions. Some of the features include independent suspensions with disc brakes, rack and pining steering, and many more.

10. 2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure

The 2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure has been recently acquired by Richard Hammond and also featured in a Drivetribe post back in 2018. He also owned a 1987 model of the Defender but it was sold to make room for this one.

Also, Richard personally didn’t like the new Defender compared to his, so this one is here to stay for a long time. That said, his SUV is finished in a gunmetal gray color and is estimated to be worth over $98,990.

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 AdventureSpecs
Engine2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-4
Horsepower120 hp
Torque266 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
0-60 MPH14.7 sec
Top Speed90 MPH

The 2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure was built like a tank and had excellent off-roading capabilities. To enhance the overall practicality and ride experience of the SUV, Land Rover offered numerous features and functions with it, such as Knobby Goodyear MT/R tires and alloy wheels, fullsized roof rack, engine snorkel, leather seats, LED headlights, and many more.

9. Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari 550 Maranello

The Ferrari 550 Maranello is the successor to the Ferrari Testarossa and was named after the company's hometown of Maranello in Italy, produced between 1996 and 2001. Hammond sold the Ferrari 550 Maranello and says it was the only car he regretted selling.

Harry Metcalfe, who was the previous owner of the Ferrari 550 Maranello, recently met up with Richard Hammond and the Ferrari for a reunion.

Ferrari 550 MaranelloSpecs
Engine5.5-liter V12
Horsepower478 hp
Torque419 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
0-60 MPH4.2 sec
Top Speed199 MPH

The Ferrari 550 Maranello came with a lightweight aluminum alloy body, and apart from that it came with a plethora of features and amenities such as the leather-furnished cabin, magnesium alloy wheels, double wishbone suspension, and many more.

8. 2020 Morgan Plus Six

2020 Morgan Plus Six

Don’t be surprised when you learn that the above car i.e. the Morgan Plus Six is a 2020 model year car. No, it's not a resto-mod but Morgan, a small British automotive company makes these cars. That said, among all the cars in Hammonds' garage the Morgan Plus Six is the newest.

The car starts at $117,848 and the team at Drivetribe helped him get the car with all the right specifications to suit his taste. Speaking of which his car is finished in black exterior color and comes with a red interior.

2020 Morgan Plus SixSpecs
Engine3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
Horsepower335 hp
Torque369 lb-ft
Transmission8-speed automatic
0-62 MPH4.2 sec
Top Speed166 MPH

The 2020 Morgan Plus Six for being quite an expensive yet retro-looking car comes with several features and amenities, some of the features offered as standard include electric power steering, LED running lights, a Sennheiser audio system, electronic stability control, and many more.

7. 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

The 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 and its subsequent iterations were cars that were way ahead of their time. It’s no surprise Richard Hammond has one in his garage. He has shared a lot of pictures of his prized possession on social media and also allowed the team at Drivetribe to review it.

The Sierra Cosworth is a limited edition racecar and not street-legal in the United States. That said if you wish to buy one, a well-kept example sells for close to $150,000 these days.

1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500Specs
Engine2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower224 hp
Torque204 lb-ft
Transmission5-speed manual
0-60 MPH6.1 sec
Top Speed154 MPH

The 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is a racecar, but it came with an array of features and functions both on the exterior and the interior. Some of the features and amenities include Recaro seats, stiff springs and anti-roll bars to enhance stability,  front fog lamps, whale tail spoiler, and many more.

6. 1931 Lagonda M45

Richard Hammond’s 1934 Lagonda M45

The 1931 Lagonda M45 is the oldest classic car that Richard Hammond has tastefully restored. The car is finished in two-tone black and white color and Richard is frequently seen driving it around his neighborhood. He also shares videos on YouTube of him driving the Lagonda on Sundays.

That said, the exact money spent by Hammond on his car isn’t known but as per market estimates, a 1934 Lagonda M45 is worth over $169,023 these days.

1931 Lagonda M45Specs
Engine4.5-liter inline-6
Horsepower142 hp
Transmission4-speed manual
0-60 MPH16.4 sec
Top Speed101 MPH

The 1931 Lagonda M45 apart from winning accolades in races like Irish TT and Le Mans, was also known for offering eye-catching amenities for its time. Some of the standard features and amenities include an Alvis gearbox, short wheelbase, and dual ignition.

5. BMW 850ci

Another coolest car in the Ricards' collection is reportedly said to be the BMW 850ci back from the year 1994. The two-door luxury coupe played a fantastic job in making existence in some of the known celebs and Richard got one for himself.

The unusual design with an array of powertrains and transmissions was being offered in the 850ci. Richard Hammond's BMW 850ci was finished in a shade of Mars red and created a new member in his collection.

BMW 850ciSpecs
Price$184,800 (auction price)
Engine5.0L V12
Horsepower326 HP @ 5000 RPM
Torque332 LB-FT @ 3900 RPM
Transmission4-speed automatic
0-60 MPH6 seconds
Top Speed155 MPH

BMW offered several features and amenities with the 850ci, some of the features amenities include Recaro seats, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, front fog lamps, McPherson Struts, and Coil springs for front and rear suspensions.

4. 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS PDK

 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS PDK

The 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with PDK automatic transmission is the only other Porsche Richard Hammond owns now. Unfortunately, his car was part of the 911 GT3 RS batch which had to be recalled by the manufacturer after several cars of similar make caught fire.

It is reported that Porsche personally informed Hammond to not drive the car and sent the team to take his car away to be fixed, perks of being an automotive journalist. As for the price, a new 911 GT3 RS started at $188,550 but Hammond must have paid over $200,000 considering the customizations he ordered on the car.

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS PDKSpecs
Engine4.0-liter flat-6
Horsepower500 hp
Torque339 lb-ft
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
0-62 MPH3.3 sec
Top Speed193 MPH

The 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS came with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged alloy wheels, and apart from that several other features and functions are with the 911 GT3 RS, some of the amenities include Alcantara interior trim, sport bucket seats, bi-xenon headlights, and automatic climate control.

3. 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

The 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder was brought by Richard Hammond when he was at the peak of his career. Richard is known for his love of speed and taking risks, reportedly he purchased this even after he had just recovered from a fatal car crash he was involved in while shooting for BBC Top Gear.

As of now, the white color Gallardo sits in his garage and he rarely drives it. As for the price, a new one in 2009 started at $225,100 making it the second most expensive car in his garage.

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 SpyderSpecs
Engine5.2-liter V10
Horsepower552 hp
Torque395 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed dual-clutch automatic
0-60 MPH3.9 sec
Top Speed201 MPH

The white Lamborghini Gallardo apart from being powerful and aesthetically alluring, was also quite practical as it offered several features and amenities which somewhat justified its price tag. Some of the standard offered features include Alcantara interior upholstery, HID headlights with LED driving lights, and many more.

2. 2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante

2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante

The 2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante with a base price of $286,500 is the most expensive car in Richard Hammond’s garage. It is reported that while shooting a show in Romania he got to drive the car and was so impressed that he got one for himself.

So to mark his 40th birthday along with the Lamborghini Gallardo above he got himself the Aston Martin DBS Volante.

2009 Aston Martin DBS VolanteSpecs
Engine5.9-liter V12
Horsepower510 hp
Torque420 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
0-60 MPH4.3 sec
Top Speed191 MPH

The DBS Volante came with a completely aluminum body, along with a carbon fiber bit. Apart from that Aston Martin offers an array of features and amenities with the Volante, like hand-stitched leather and aluminum interior trim, Bang & Olufsen sound system, speed proportional power steering, and many more.

1. Bentley S1

Bentley S1

Another vintage car in Richard's collection is the Bentley S1. The car takes its existence way back in the 1950s and sparked controversies regarding its looks. The car is not revealed in any of his videos or photos on social media.

The luxury automaker Bentley derived this car from its close competition the Rolls Royce. It was lighter, three inches more ground cleared, and presented smooth suspension with more lighter and communicative steering. Richard Hammond's Bentley S1 is a coupe model named Park Ward.

Bentley S1Specs
Price$1, 875,000 (auction price)
Engine4.9L L6 V8
Transmission3-speed automatic
0-60 MPH12.9 seconds
Top Speed103 MPH

The 1950s Bentley S1 came with two different body configurations, a 2-door convertible and a 4-door saloon, apart from that the Bentley S1 came with power steering, suspensions with electrically operated control of rear dampers, and several other features and functions.

What Cars Does Richard Hammond Currently Own?

With a variety of tastes from vintage cars to modern sports cars, the British show host has a lot of cars that he currently owns. However many of his cars are now free to the public to get control over them and buy them. Still, these are the cars. The 1929 Ford Model A, the 1932 Ford GPW, the 1956 Land Rover, the 1958 Jaguar XK150, and the 1962 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. His love can easily be witnessed between the Ford and the Jaguar.

Did Richard Hammond Sell His Car Collection?

Hammond has learned a harsh lesson that the cars won't go after death. It is the good work and philanthropist nature that people adore the most. Since then, he has announced the sale of his prized collection of cars. He is doing so to boost his latest business venture

What is Richard Hammond's Favorite Car?

Though after breeding classical masterpieces for years, Richard loves all of his cars. But he is seen many times talking about his unfathomable love for Porsches. His favorite car among them is the Porsc he 991/997 GT3 RS.

Are Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson Friends?

Yes, they are good friends. He reflected on his friendship with him in an interview with, and he said that he owes the Clarkson Farm Star "a lot" for his career.

That is it for what Richard Hammond’s car collection has to offer If you want to find out about other car collections of personalities be sure to check out the links below –

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