Richard Hammond is one of the largest petrol heads known to the entertainment industry alongside fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Currently co-presenting The Grand Tour on Amazon and previously Top Gear on the BBC, it’s safe to say he knows plenty about motoring. But what does he own himself? What does he think is worth investing in? See below for the full list of what cars Richard Hammond owns.
1968 FORD MUSTANG GT 390
You’ll struggle to find a car enthusiast who doesn’t have a classic Mustang on their bucket list. Not the Ecoboost four-cylinder version, a hefty V8 wielding, racing green monster. Hammond’s is an original 1968 model with a 6.4-litre V8 tucked messily beneath the bonnet.
While it may be large, the engine doesn’t produce as much power as you’d expect at only 300bhp. But in that gorgeous Bullitt-esque green, who cares?
1963 Opel Kadett
This 1963 Opel Kadett is more than a car to Hammond. During the Botswana special of Top Gear, Hammond became attached to the little Kadett. It was soon on a ship to the UK headed for Hammond’s home, and it was quickly rebuilt and restored.
It was seen again in Top Gear where it was used as an obstacle when the trio were attempting lorry driving.
1942 FORD GPW
Better known as the Willy’s Jeep, this more than capable off-roader revolutionised the second world war. It make look simple, but this simplicity is what makes it so good. It’s light, easy to fix, and because of this, could more than likely take most modern SUVs to school if they ever reach something other than the tarmac.
You can just imagine Hammond’s smiling face behind the wheel of one of these. And even though it’s not the largest of cars, Hammond would still look tiny in the driver’s seat.
1985 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER
The classic Range Rover wasn’t the Chelsea tractor the car is these days. It was a regal, luxurious SUV, but it still had incredible off-road performance and, in my opinion, looked so much better than the show-off-y exterior the current cars have. Living in Wales, I’m sure Hammond found the all-terrain performance of this car extremely helpful. In fact, here’s a video of Hammond going through the reasons why he loves the Rangie so much.
1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE
On his 40th birthday, Hammond treated himself to a Jaguar E-Type Roadster, worth in the region of £50,000. He says,
“its siren call has lured me out into the rain to paddle across the yard and peer at it through a crack in the garage doors.”
It’s safe to say he loves it. And who wouldn’t, with its silky smooth 3.8-litre straight-6 and long, sweeping bonnet. Even James May wants it, although this is more for the fact that it’s Hammonds, and not necessarily because he likes the car.
2015 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
Hammond’s love for Porsches isn’t exactly subtle, so it’s no surprise that he owns a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. His specific car has a PDK automatic gearbox which he said was “still expensive, but not so bad by Porsche standards”. Hammond led us to believe that he actually sold this one for the newer model, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
1969 Porsche 911 T
In 2017, Hammond bought this rare 911 T. It was born the same year as him but in “slightly better condition.” Hammond says it’s not overly fast but has a “fizzy” engine. It’s much smaller than the new 911 but as Hammond has a love for classics, he simply couldn’t resist.
While it’s not an overly fast car, Hammond has his new 911 for that. This car has the character, the lightness, and the incredible looks to keep him happy.
1976 Toyota Corolla liftback
The Toyota Corolla Liftback was Hammond’s first car. It was nearly a Ford Capri but the car he was looking at was stolen so he didn’t buy it in the end. The Toyota he ended up with was a 1.6-litre, and he eventually replaced the rear window with one which had an Eagle engraved on it, and used black electrical tape to form Shelby stripes down the bodywork. He even painted the Japanese flag on the roof.
He wrote it off on a Volvo outside his house and while rebuilding it, he lost the jet from the carburettor and could never make or find another one. From that day, it was dead.
Other Cars He Has Reportedly Owned
1982 Porsche 911 SC
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8
1994 Porsche 928
2006 Porsche 911 (997) Carrera S
2013 Porsche 911 GT3
1994 BMW 850Ci
2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante
2009 Morgan Aeromax
2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
1969 Dodge Charger R/T
2007 Fiat 500 TwinAir