Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond will auction his personal collection of cars and motorcycles. With the proceeds from the sale, he plans to open a company for the restoration of classic cars – the activities of this company will form the basis of a new television project. In total, eight cars and several motorcycles will be auctioned off. Bidding will take place on August 1st.
Hammond noted that it was extremely difficult for him to make the decision to sell, since all the equipment from his collection has a “sentimental value” that is much higher than their value in monetary terms. But at the same time, Hammond said that thanks to the proceeds from the sale, he will be able to bring back many more classic cars to life than he will lose now.
“The irony is that I am supporting the classic car restoration business by selling part of my classic car collection,” he added.
Among the lots on offer are several commemorative limited edition motorcycles that Hammond bought for his 40th and 50th anniversaries. For example, the Norton Dominator 961 Street, produced in exactly 50 copies, or the restored Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1 from 1977 with a unique fairing.
Also among the cars that can be bought in a few days is one of the early Porsche 911s, released in 1969, the rarest Lotus Esprit Sport 350, which is the fifth out of 48 built examples. In addition, Hammond decided to part with one of his favorite heirlooms – a 1959 Bentley S2. By the way, the Bowler CSP V8 Prototype P1 racing SUV with the appearance of the classic Land Rover Defender will be exhibited at the same auction.
Richard Hammond got a job as a host of Top Gear in 2002 and worked there for 13 years before the conflict with the BBC along with his colleagues Jeremy Clarkson and James May, with whom they have been doing the new show The Grand Tour since 2016. As he said in one of his interviews, the show team was captivated by the fact that he arrived at the auditions in an old 1982 Porsche 911 SC – apparently, this car is especially important for Hammond, because it is not on the list of auction lots.