While James May’s nickname is Captain Slow, not all of his cars are that. Although, a lot of them are. But what does James May spend his money on? Here we list all the cars that James May owns. Carry on reading and find out more about his car collection.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
Let’s start with the fastest of his collection. As the majority of you know, James May has a strong passion for Ferraris. Or Fezzas, as he calls them. But despite this passion, he just managed to get his hands on the very last special edition 458. He’s previously owned a 458 Italia and an F430, too.
From Ferraris to Fiats, James has a large and weird range of cars. A Panda was his daily driver for years, and he greatly adored the car, stating that you can’t go fast on public roads anyway and that with this car, you use all the power all of time time. Unfortunately his Panda broke down in 2014 so he bought a BMW i3 instead.
Costing him just £35,000 (because he got £5,000 from the government to buy the electric car), James May loves his i3 after having to give up the Panda. It’s fully electric and is extremely fast to the great speed of 30mph, but is overall, quite slow.
It took a long time for it to be delivered to May, but he still adores it.
This car is well-known as the one James May reviewed on Top Gear during his first appearance. His film revolved around the idea that you should but a T2 over a used Ford Mondeo. Unlike his Rolls Royce which we’ll show you later on, he wasn’t allergic to the seats on this one. He said it was probably something to do with the seat stuffing.
He sold it in 2007 with 80,000 miles on the clock.
Rolls Royce Corniche
Popular celebrities with massive bank balances and armies of fans own Corniches. Names like Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and oh… James May. He bought it in 2007 but only drove 10,000 miles in ten years. He sold it in 2017 because it turned out he was allergic to the seats.
1984 Porsche 911
Taking a leaf out of Hammond’s book, May bought a 911 and said it was “the best car I’ve ever bought”. It was one of the last air-cooled Porsches on the market and was sold by May in 2015 and fetched £50,000, double the expected sales price.
Known also as the Nissan Sunny, this car went head-to-head with the Nissan GTR during Top Gear in 2008 in a race across Japan. This persuaded May to go and buy his own. “This was the little Japanese car that showed our dads you didn’t need a Flaky Austin 1100 that broke down all the time.” How can you argue with that?
Alfa Romeo 164
After driving one as a company car in the early 90s, May had said that he’d completely forgotten about it. That was until he bought one for £1,000 in 2006 for a Top Gear challenge and praised it for having “Italy’s most charismatic V6”.
Other Cars He Has Reportedly Owned
Rolls Royce Phantom
2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S
2005 Porsche Boxster S
Saab 9-5 Aero
Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1
Ferrari 458 Italia