Presenting styles aside, which Top Gear host has better taste in cars?
When we reviewed the first episode of Top Gear, we pointed out that Extra Gear with Chris Harris might have been better than the main show. Some people (including us) didn't care for the line delivery from Chris Evans in the first episode, and wanted to see more of Harris. Harris has been reviewing cars on YouTube for years now, so we know that he can give a good review. Evans was picked to host Top Gear because he likes cars, as evidenced by his expensive collection. Although Evans has expensive cars, does Harris have better ones?
Chris Evans has owned some incredibly expensive cars and is a well known car enthusiast. Obviously Evans made a very good living as a radio host and presenter in order to afford cars like his 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that he even let James May drive on an old Top Gear episode.
The California was owned by Steve McQueen and James Coburn and cost Evans £6 million (around $6,800,000). Evans's impressive collection of Ferraris also includes a 275 GTB, 458 Speciale, 250 GTO, TR61, 365 GTS, 250 GT Lusso, and 599. Evans does sell his cars from time to time, but in addition to all of the Ferraris, Evans has also owned a Jaguar XKSS, the original "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" car, Jaguar XK120, Daimler SP250 Dart, Mercedes 280 SL, Rolls- Royce Phantom, and more. Evans houses some of his cars in a luxurious garage complete with a white piano that plays music for his Ferrari collection. James May may even had to take his shoes off to go look at the 250 California.
Clearly Evans loves cars, mainly classic Ferraris, but does this mean he really drives them all. This collection is vast and we doubt that Evans can possibly drive all of these cars. Chris Harris started off working for automotive magazines such as Autocar, EVO, and Jalopnik. He performed menial tasks such as cleaning ash trays before finally being allowed to review cars. Talk about dedication. Harris is also accomplished as a racing driver in cars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera Cup, Renault Sport R.S. 01, and Aston Martin Vantage GT12. He has also done endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. This is what helps Harris slide cars around during his extremely detailed car reviews.
Harris mainly drives press cars, but his personal collection is pretty impressive. He owned a Ferrari 599, which he then replaced by an FF which he had to finance. Harris was banned from reviewing cars from Ferrari after writing an article claiming that the brand cheated to win comparison tests. He bought the 599 as a clever way to test a Ferrari without the company's permission. Harris has also owned some special Porsche models, such as a GT3 RS 4.0 and a 993 GT2 (now worth over $1 million). Harris regrets selling some of his cars that are now worth a ton of money, but he never buys cars to speculate. However, he said that he purchased one car, a 2.5-liter Evolution M3, purely to speculate on the market.
In an interview with Wheels Magazine in Australia in early 2015, Harris said that he owned 16 cars and one motorcycle. His cars include a BMW E39 523i, BMW E28 M5, Range Rover Classic, 322 Range Rover, Audi S4 Avant, Peugeot 205 XS, Citroen AX GT, Peugeot 205 Rallye, 1957 Citroen 2CV, Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline cabriolet, BMW E30 M3 2.5-litre Sport Evolution, Ferrari 512 TR, BMW E30 M3 rally car, Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI seven-seat wagon, and a Honda SP1 motorcycle. Evans may have the more expensive collection, but Harris has a more down to earth collection of cars that he truly loves. Evans has expensive taste, but has been seen driving cheap cars like a Fiat 500, VW Beetle, and Ford Escort Mexico.
Clearly each of the Top Gear hosts named Chris have cool car collections. Which Chris do you think has the better collection of cars?