You can now buy an affordable piece of Top Gear's history.
It seems like every time that a car from a TV show or movie goes up for sale, people are willing to spend outrageous amounts of money to get them. This isn't the case when it comes to cars that were featured on Top Gear. We have heard horror stories of people who have bought former press cars that were once trashed on track by Jeremy Clarkson. Likewise, Top Gear's reasonably priced cars have never ended up being worth very much. Now buyers have the chance to buy one of Richard Hammond's cars from Season 15 Episode 2.
The car in question is a 1996 BMW M3 Evo, which was pitted against a Mercedes 190E Costworth with James May behind the wheel, and a Ford Sierra Cosworth driven by Jeremy Clarkson. The point of the challenge was to see if the hosts could buy an everyday sport saloon that could also be used on track for less than £5,000.
Hammond's M3 was much faster than the other two cars, but fans of the show will remember that the car had tons of issues, including a major accident. The car is being sold with a partial history file and an MOT until August 2018. The car only has 86,400 miles, and is being sold on Classic Car Auctions in the UK. The auction has no reserve, so it will be interesting to see what this car goes for. The M3 Evo came with a 3.2-liter inline-six with 321 hp, which is far more than the US-Spec M3. This one is painted in Boston Green, with a grey interior. Fans of Top Gear may remember that Hammond's car had a Caramel interior, so it must have been swapped at some point.
This may not be the best example of an E36 M3, but the fact that it was on Top Gear should give it some value. When the three hosts were asked to record a track lap in their cars, Hammond hilariously was too afraid to go out in the M3, but we wouldn't be afraid to buy this piece Top Gear history.