Alfa Romeo GTV6
The red Alfa that starts this slide show is the second Alfa Romeo GTV6 that's passed through Clarkson's garage. It was also the same car used in Scotland during The Grand Tour's third season, and though it started as a typical road trip adventure, the experience for Clarkson didn't end when the cameras stopped.
In that episode, he said "generally when we finish these jobs these cars end up . . . I don't know where. But I know where this will end up: at my house.” For someone who can afford pretty much any car he wants, we have mad respect for his appreciation of classics like this.
Ford Escort RS Cosworth
A forbidden dream for thousands of kids in the early 1990s, the Ford Escort Cosworth was a powerful, aggressive, rally-bred hot hatchback with all-wheel drive and the ability to convey wickedness at first glance. No wonder Jezza had one.
It looked like the perfect machine, but as Clarkson learned early on in his Top Gear run, driving your heroes isn't the same as owning one. He bought a first-generation Ford GT but soon discovered it was too wide for British roads, too thirsty for fuel, and it was plagued with electrical problems that ultimately led to him selling the car.
After buying it back on the advice of his newspaper column readers, Clarkson sold it once again and replaced it with a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.
Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series
Perhaps the personal car Clarkson talked about most often was his Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series, which was painted black too. He seemed to consistently praise the mad, tire-smoking machine despite its frequent battery problems. In a tweet he announced his sale of the car, saying "This is a sad day. I just sold my black AMG." We suspect it was among his favourites.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
The news that Jeremy Clarkson is a happy owner of a Volkswagen Golf GTI comes directly from his tweet about the Dieselgate scandal in 2015. In that blurb he said, "I'm very happy with my new car."
Jeremy Clarkson has owned several Volvo XC90s over the years. He admitted to being a fan of the Swedish model after reviewing the second-generation crossover.
With the arrival of the latest XC90 that's improved in pretty much every way, we suspect Clarkson may not resist the temptation to have the newest version.
BMW 3.0 CSL
Built as a homologation special in early-'70s, the BMW 3.0 CSL was a rather special car. Clarkson formerly owned one of these rare machines, and said he loved the '70s-ness of them'. It's been out of his collection for a while now though, since the early 2000s in fact.
BMW Z1 Roadster
Another crazy BMW owned by Clarkson – the Z1 was a space-age roadster came out in the late-1980s, and was produced well into the '90s, right about the time the first Mercedes SLK came out.
Clarkson rejected the Merc because of its lack of a manual option, and also swerved the Alfa Spider, Lotus Elise, MG MGF, and TVR's then current offering, leaving him with the heavy, plastic Z1 with doors that sunk into the floor. It seemed like an odd choice, but his then-wife liked, it at least.
Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser
A car the size of a small planet that's been owned by some of the world's most deadly dictators, and Elvis Presley. And Jeremy Clarkson.
The presenter's big green beast appeared in a 2009 episode of Top Gear where its impracticality and obscene running costs were exhibited. Speaking of costs, for nearly 20 years the Grosser was the most expensive, most advanced car in the world.
Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
What would any affluent car collection be without a Ferrari? Jeremy Clarkson liked the F355 so much that after testing it on Top Gear, he decided to buy one. Ultimately it wasn't a happy purchase; aside from not being thrilled with the removable targa roof he apparently was stopped quite often by the police.
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