Jeremy Clarkson’s crazy car collection
We reveal the cars Jeremy Clarkson has chosen to buy with his own money, including the Alfa Romeo GTV6 from The Grand Tour
The cars of Jeremy Clarkson© MaciejGillert – Shutterstock
There can’t be many cars Jeremy Clarkson hasn’t driven, but what happens when he puts his money where his mouth is? Here, we look back at some of the cars owned by the former Top Gear and current The Grand Tour presenter. We begin with something Italian…
Alfa Romeo GTV6© Amazon Prime
“When we finish these jobs normally, the cars we’ve used go… actually I’ve got no idea where they go. But I know where this one’s going: my house. Because this car is just heaven.” The words of Clarkson at the end of episode seven of the third series of The Grand Tour. He loved the Alfa Romeo GTV6 he drove so much, he took it home with him.
Overfinch Range Rover 580S© Getty
Clarkson was spotted getting into this Overfinch Range Rover 580S back in 2003. The 4.4-litre engine would have been tuned by Overfinch for a 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds – 1.9 seconds quicker than standard. We think it’s likely to be a press car, but you can imagine a standard Range Rover just wouldn’t be fast enough for Clarkson.
Porsche 911© REX Features
Jeremy Clarkson is a keen supporter of Help for Heroes. Here, his Porsche 911 Carrera was spotted while visiting an event held by the charity.
One millionth Range Rover© Land Rover
As patron of the Help for Heroes charity, the one millionth Range Rover of the production line was handed to Clarkson before being sold at auction to raise funds.
Clarkson’s disdain for cyclists has caused controversy in the past. You might be surprised, then, to see him pictured on a ladies’ bicycle at Venice Beach.
Volkswagen Scirocco© Volkswagen
Before TV stardom with Top Gear brought him to our screens, Clarkson was prolific as a motoring journalist. Back in the early days, the Volkswagen Scirocco was one of his favourites.
Ford Escort RS Cosworth© Ford
The epitome of the hot hatch scene in the early 1990s, the RS Cosworth became synonymous with joyriding and insurance premium hikes. Legend has it this is the only car Jezza has owned that he gave a name to. It was Gary, in case you’re wondering.
Ferrari F355© Ferrari
Fame and fortune delivered money and success, to the point where Jeremy could buy a brand new Ferrari. Famously documented in Top Gear magazine, he agonised over colour and trim, and later regretted opting for the GTS model with the lift-out roof panel.
Jaguar XJR© ACA
Clarkson has owned a number of Jaguars over the years, but the XJR with its supercharged 4.0-litre V8 engine was one of the particular highlights. Jeremy’s old car went under the hammer at auction, selling for only £3,400 despite the famous previous owner.
Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon© Toyota
Described by Jezza as being the safest way of transporting your family, save for buying an armoured personnel carrier. If it’s good enough to be used by the United Nations, it’s probably more than sufficient for use on the school run.
Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG© Mercedes-Benz
The car that seemingly kick-started Clarkson’s love affair with Mercedes-AMG products. A 5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine, producing 469hp, was sufficient to transform a two-tonne roadster into a 200mph Autobahn machine.
THREE Volvo XC90© Volvo
That’s right, Jezza has owned not one, not two, but three Volvo XC90s over the years. If that isn’t an endorsement for the ultimate family vehicle, we don’t know what is.
Ford GT© Ford
Making use of his industry contacts, Jeremy was able to secure one of the few Ford GTs imported to the UK, having enjoyed his drive of a prototype model. Things were less positive when the GT arrived, leading to Clarkson returning the car to Ford for a refund due to the now-famous problems with the alarm system. He later bought the car back, however.
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG© Mercedes-Benz
The next car in the Mercedes-AMG series. Lacking the supercharger of the SL55 AMG, the smaller SLK version made do with ‘just’ 355hp.
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder© Lamborghini
Having sold the Ford GT, Clarkson opted for the soft-top version of the baby Lamborghini. With a 513hp V10 engine, the Spyder is still capable of almost 200mph.
Range Rover TDV8 Vogue SE© Land Rover
Described by him as being the ‘best car in the world’ it was logical that Jezza would have a third-generation Range Rover. Despite his lust for power, even he could see the advantages of choosing the twin-turbocharged diesel V8 over the supercharged petrol version.
Ford Focus© Ford
Despite the success and fortune, Clarkson has always maintained his love of effective engineering. That’s why he made room in the garage, among the supercars, for a humble first-generation Ford Focus.
Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser© Mercedes-Benz
“The Grosser is fitted with so many ornaments it could almost be twinned with Elton John’s head,” said Clarkson when describing the rather large Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz CLK Black Series© Mercedes-Benz
Not many cars receive the maximum five-star review from Jeremy Clarkson, which means the Mercedes-Benz CLK Black Series is part of a select group. “I’m not sure that anyone’s life is quite complete unless they have one,” said Clarkson in 2008. Praise indeed.
Alfa Romeo GTV6© Alfa Romeo
According to Top Gear, in order to be classed as a true petrolhead, you must, at some point in your life, own an Alfa Romeo. For Clarkson, the choice was a GTV6 – the sweet-sounding Alfa with a wonderful Busso V6 engine. This was long before he drove – and bought – a GTV6 while filming series three of The Grand Tour.
Reliant Robin© Amazon Prime
Chump and Sons Ltd is an independent television production company founded and owned by Clarkson, Hammond, May and Andy Willman. Four Reliant Robins were acquired as company cars, including one owned by Clarkson.
Honda CR-X© Honda
In his book, Round the Bend, Clarkson claimed “I buy on the strength of a frameless window in a pillarless door”, which explains why he bought a Honda CRX. It’s one of a number of cars featuring a frameless window, including…
BMW 3.0 CSL© BMW
…a BMW 3.0 CSL. This must rank as one of Clarkson’s best purchases – and it stemmed from the days before he was famous. A GTV6, 600 Grosser, Escort Cosworth and a 3.0 CSL – what a selection!
Ford Cortina 1600E© Ford
Back in the day, the Ford Cortina 1600E was the choice of the connoisseur, featuring Rostyle wheels, a black vinyl roof and the engine from the 1600 GT. It also happened to be Clarkson’s first car.
Lotus Elise 111S© Lotus
In his book, Driven to Distraction, Clarkson describes some of the cars owned by his wife. Of the Lotus Elise 111S, he said she sent it back for sports exhausts because it wasn’t loud enough. Brilliant.
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