Richard Hammond Buys Two Cars for His 40th Birthday
Richard Hammond, one of Top Gear's hosts, recently celebrated his 40th birthday and decided it was the perfect moment to buy himself two exclusive supercars. He therefore bought himself a classic Jaguar E-Type built in 1969, the same year the Briton was born. The E-Type is considered by many one of the most attractive cars in the world and ranks as the most recognizable and iconic Jaguar ever built.
According to autotrader.co.uk, Hammond paid £50,000 for the E-Type which is a 4.2-litre straight-six engine producing 265 bhp. In terms of performance, the car sprints from naught to sixty in about six seconds.
The second addition to Hammond’s garage was a £175,000 Aston Martin DBS Volante, one of the most beautiful models of 2009. The DBS Volante is propelled by a 5.9-litre V12 engine developing 510bhp and 420lb/ft of torque. The car does sixty in just 4.3 seconds and it is able to reach a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h)
Moreover, his wife, Mindy also bought him a £10,000 Kawasaki bike, so Hammond will considerably increase his fleet of sixteen cars and five bikes.
Should the reason behind this amazing purchases be the fact that Top Gear’s presenter felt the need to replace one of his most beloved cars after he crashed it earlier this year? Hammond crashed his Morgan AeroMax into the back of a Nissan as he was driving home from a flying lesson nearby.
The Morgan AeroMax is capable of reaching speeds of up to 170mph (274km/h). Fitted with a 4.8-liter BMW V8 engine, the £110,000 ($181,126) supercar is hand-built in a style similar to that of the 1930s luxury cars. Some have even compared it to the Batmobile in the recent Batman films.