He's selling his classics to open up...a classic car business.
Richard Hammond - someone you may or may not have heard of depending on the size of the rock under which you reside - has had many cars in his garage. A huge number of them were cars loaned to him so that he might review them, but now that he's really successful, he's developed a habit of keeping cars. And not just the new ones, mind you.
He has a thing for cars like the Porsche 911, but his favorites - even among the countless 911 variants there have been over the years - are classic cars that he adored growing up. However, even the highly successful sometimes have to make prudent financial choices, so the Hamster is selling a few of his beautiful toys via Silverstone Auctions.
Richard Hammond has flirted with exotica in the past, but his heart lies with British vehicles and Porsches most of all. You may notice from the above image that he's selling some motorcycles too (among them, a highly collectible 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1), but we're called CarBuzz, so we'll focus on the machines we understand fully.
We've mentioned Hammond's love for the greatest sports car ever a few times, so let's start there. What you're looking at below is a 1969 Porsche 911T with just 56,000 miles on it, in all-original condition. Silver with a black interior, there's nobody who will consider this ugly.
Next is a nineties rocketship: the Lotus Esprit 350. This is number 5 of just 48 examples and has 353 metric horsepower (348 in our money) thanks to a 3.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 with a couple of turbos strapped to it. This example has covered just 47,000 miles, but the Bentley S2 also on offer has been driven just as much (or as little, depending on your perspective). With five owners from new, it's covered 63,000 miles and was recently restored in Silver Blue over a blue interior. All of these vehicles, including the motorcycles, are being offered without reserve, but why?
In total, Hammond has put up eight of his classics for sale, including bikes that he bought for milestone birthdays, but he's doing it all to start a new classic car restoration business called The Smallest Cog, which will get its own TV show later this year.
"The irony of me supporting my new classic car restoration business by selling some of my own classic car collection is not wasted on me," said Hammond. "It is with a very heavy heart that they go, as they have a great deal of personal sentimental value, but they will be funding the future development of the business and giving life back to countless other classic vehicles."
If you're interested in any of them, the collection crosses the lot on Sunday, August 1st from 2 PM in The Wing Building at Silverstone.