Jeremy Clarkson, the iconic British presenter and car enthusiast, has long been associated with some of the most thrilling and memorable motoring moments on television. From his days on Top Gear to his current shows The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm, Clarkson has built a reputation for his love of fast cars, witty commentary, and larger-than-life personality. But did you know that he also owns a collection of cars from these shows that he keeps at his farm in Oxfordshire? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the cars that Clarkson has chosen to keep from The Grand Tour, exploring their history, restoration, and personal significance to one of the most recognisable faces in the world of motoring.
- Bentley Continental GT MFB
- Alfa Romeo GTV6
- The Excellent
- Jeep Wrangler
- Lamborghini R8 Tractor
- Massey Ferguson Tractor
- Cockshutt 70 Tractor
Bentley Continental GT MFB
When The Grand Tour flew to Madagascar to find lost pirate treasure, Jeremy Clarkson modified a Bentley Continental GT with a host of additions to make it the ultimate off-roader. It was lifted with specialised suspension, given larger off-road tyres, a mass of protection, and a snorkel to give it the edge over fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May.
It turned out to be the best choice of the three. Not only was it able to cross almost anything the Madagascar Special threw at it, but it did it with the utmost comfort.
Jeremy took it home and used it on his Diddly Squat Farm. It was even seen in a couple of episodes. But unfortunately, it had to be taken back to Bentley in Crewe, so doesn’t technically belong to Clarkson anymore, although he wishes it did.
The Bentley Continental GT is a high-performance grand tourer produced by the British luxury car manufacturer, Bentley Motors. It was first introduced in 2003 and has since undergone several updates and redesigns. The Continental GT is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that can produce up to 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
In addition to the W12 engine, the Bentley Continental GT is also available with a V8 engine option. The V8 version of the Continental GT was first introduced in 2012 and features a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces up to 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque.
The interior is handcrafted with premium materials and customizable options, including wood veneers, leather, and metal finishes. The Continental GT is a symbol of luxury, prestige, and sophistication, beloved by car enthusiasts and celebrities alike.
Alfa Romeo GTV6
Jeremy Clarkson used to own an Alfa Romeo GTV6, with him calling it “the best-sounding car ever” in an interview. Then, during an episode of The Grand Tour where the trio drove three cars across Scotland’s North Coast 500, Clarkson chose the trusty Alfa.
Along the way it had a few issues, so he had to visit the garage to get it fixed. But he fell in love with the car and soon it found its way back to Clarkson’s farm where it can still be found. It turned out he really couldn’t resist that sweet-sounding V6.
The Alfa Romeo GTV6 is a classic sports car that was produced by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo from 1981 to 1987. It was powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that produced up to 160 horsepower and was paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The GTV6 was known for its exceptional handling and driving dynamics, with near-perfect weight distribution and responsive steering. It was also a beautiful car, with sleek lines and a distinctive wedge shape that made it stand out from other sports cars of the era.
The GTV6 was a popular choice for enthusiasts and amateur racers, and it was successful in motorsports, winning several championships and races in Europe and North America. It was also featured in films and TV shows, further cementing its status as a cultural icon. Today, the GTV6 is a sought-after classic car, with a dedicated fan base and a reputation as one of the best sports cars of its era.
The Excellent was the brainchild of Jeremy Clarkson during an episode of The Grand Tour where he attempts to build a sporty SUV. The prototype begins with him placing an MGB on top of a Land Rover Discovery chassis, but unfortunately, it wasn’t very good. Not only were there no creature comforts in the cabin, but the MGB body kept falling off the chassis.
Eventually, he welded a Mercedes SL to the Discovery chassis and the Excellent was born. He adored the car, but the plan was to put it up for auction at Coy’s Auctions.
With a reserve set at £100,000, it reached £4,000 even with Clarkson pushing the price up himself. So while the public didn’t line up to take it home, Clarkson fell in love with it, and it can still be found parked up on Clarkson’s property.
While Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were quick to joke about the Jeep Wrangler being a gay icon, it turns out the ex-Top Gear presenter definitely had a soft spot for the off-roader.
Thanks to a user on Reddit who goes by the name of u/apple_the_melon who went to visit Clarkson’s farm, we know that it’s being kept on his land next to a shrine of The Grand Tour episode.
The Jeep was involved in controversy alongside Clarkson when he was accused of being homophobic. He wrote the following in a column:
“But this week, [Will Young] went berserk on Twitter, saying that I’d been homophobic in the most recent episode of The Grand Tour,” Clarkson wrote.
“Many gay people who’d seen the show said they couldn’t see a problem. None of my leftie friends could either. One even said I should tell him to stop being so gay.
“I won’t do that though. And nor will I suggest, once again, that mobile phones should be fitted with breathalysers to stop people drinking and tweeting.”
He ended the column with the following:
“I’m sorry and I’ll prove it”, Clarkson wrote: “No. Instead, I will apologise to Will for causing him some upset and reassure him that I know I’m not homophobic as I very much enjoy watching lesbians on the internet.”
The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic off-road vehicle that has been in production since 1986. It is known for its ruggedness, durability, and ability to conquer any terrain. The Wrangler is available in both two-door and four-door models, with a range of engine options including a 3.6-litre V6 and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Wrangler features a four-wheel-drive system, high ground clearance, and off-road suspension that make it a capable off-road vehicle.
In addition to its off-road capabilities, the Jeep Wrangler also offers a comfortable and practical interior with modern amenities and advanced technology. The latest models feature touchscreen displays, Bluetooth connectivity, and available leather seats. The Wrangler is a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, and anyone looking for a versatile and capable vehicle. Its unique style and off-road performance have made it a cultural icon and a symbol of adventure and freedom.
Lamborghini R8 Tractor
To work on his farm, Jeremy bought the largest, most powerful tractor he could find. The Lamborghini R8 turned out to be far too large for the farm, and because of its European background, wouldn’t easily attach to any of his farm equipment.
He still drives the R8 and has just about got his head round the endless buttons and tech that this thing provides.
“The Lambo was £40,000, a third of what a normal new tractor would cost,” Jeremy told fans.
Massey Ferguson Tractor
The Massey Ferguson was actually bought for Jeremy’s partner Lisa Hogan.
The Massey Ferguson tractor is a brand that has been around for over a century and is still popular among farmers today. Known for its reliability, durability, and performance, it has become a trusted partner for farmers all over the world. Massey Ferguson tractors are versatile machines that can be used for a variety of tasks such as ploughing fields, harvesting crops, and hauling equipment.
They come in a range of sizes, from compact models for small farms to larger ones for commercial agriculture. With its reputation for quality and innovation, the Massey Ferguson tractor has established itself as a top choice for those who work the land.
Cockshutt 70 Tractor
The tractor in question is a Cockshutt 70, which was manufactured in Iowa, USA between 1935 and 1948 and has a horsepower of around 20-30. However, it’s unlikely that Jeremy is interested in this tractor purely for its specifications. It’s more likely that he’s attracted to the name, Cockshutt.
The Cockshutt 70 is a tractor that was manufactured by the Cockshutt Company. It was a popular choice for farmers due to its durability, reliability, and versatility. The Cockshutt 70 was powered by a 6-cylinder gasoline engine that produced around 30 horsepower, making it capable of handling a wide range of – small – farming tasks.
Its design was also ahead of its time, with features such as a three-point hitch and live hydraulics, which made it easier for farmers to attach and operate various implements. Today, the Cockshutt 70 is a beloved vintage tractor among collectors and enthusiasts.
On Display at Clarkson’s Farm
These cars can be found at Clarkson’s Farm where they are most on display for fans. The MFB is no longer at the farm, however, with it being sent back to Bentley. As well as this, the Alfa Romeo is also hidden, being Jeremy’s pride and joy.
The Excellent is often out and about, usually parked up near the farm shop, and the Jeep has its very own shrine for fans of The Grand Tour to enjoy.