Richard Hammond is selling 8 of his own vehicles to fund his new business, The Smallest Cog. The collection, including cars and motorcycles, will be auctioned through Silverstone Auctions at the Classic at Silverstone on Sunday 1 August.
The Smallest Cog is a business owned by Richard, that focusses on the restoration of classic vehicles. This business will also be featured in an upcoming show from the presenter with a working title of Richard Hammond’s Workshop, which will be aired on Discovery+ 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,” Hammond said in a statement, adding, “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.”
The collection includes vehicles that, like Richard said, are very close to his heart. Two motorcycles that he bought for his 40th and 50th birthday will be included, plus a 1969 Porsche 911T, a 1927 Sunbeam Model 2 motorcycle, a classic 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350, a Velocette KSS Mk1 and a highly collectable 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans. They will be offered with no reserve.
A Ford RS200 that has been restored by The Smallest Cog will also be up for sale the same weekend, but will only be revealed fully at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale in September 2021.
Nick Whale, Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions, said the following: “We are delighted to have Richard both attending our sale on 1 August but also joining us on the rostrum to introduce the collection. These vehicles clearly have a special place in his heart, so I’m sure it is going to be a day of mixed emotions for him, but we are confident we can deliver a keen bidding audience that will do his new business proud, we wish him the best of luck.”