During the days of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have driven some spectacular cars. On their travels during special episodes of the show, they’d usually each buy a used car within a certain budget, and drive them until they broke.
But with car values rising quickly, we thought it would be interesting to see just how high the values of the most memorable cars from Top Gear have risen. So, in this article, we’ll be exploring these prices and whether it hurts to watch the episodes back now in the present day.
It’s difficult to give an exact comparison because we know very little about the cars the boys purchased, but we can give you a good idea as to how much they’ve increased in value.
Bugeye Subaru Impreza WRX Estate – Africa Special
The 19th Series of Top Gear took Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May to Africa in search of the source of the River Nile. They were each told to buy an estate car for no more than £1,500, ship them over to Africa, and start their search.
Richard Hammond purchased a Bugeye Subaru Impreza WRX Estate, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre Boxer engine, which produced around 227 horsepower. It suffered a few suspension issues along the way, but the car does make it to the end of the special episodes.
What’s it worth now?
Pre-facelift versions of the Impreza WRX estate with over 100,000 miles are currently being listed for around £5,000. Estates, being rare than the standard saloon, may fetch a higher price. Lower mileage will see the price pushing up to £10,000
You can find a well priced example here, but there are currently no low-mileage examples currently on the UK market: 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Bugeye