Richard Hammond on being forced to sell his really precious cars

Richard Hammond's Workshop: Trailer from Discovery Plus

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The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond, 52, previously boasted a vast collection of flash cars including a Porsche, a Bentley and a Lotus Espirit Sport. However, the presenter had to sell his classic vehicles last year in order to raise money for his restoration workshop, The Smallest Cog.

Speaking at the time, Richard told his fans that it “hurt” to say goodbye to his cars, but he knew it was for a “good cause”.

He said: “I’ve taken the plunge; I’m taking a risk. I’m putting my money where my mouth is.

“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.”

Now one year later, The Smallest Cog has been a success and was featured in its own Discovery+ series, Richard Hammond’s Workshop.

In an interview with, Richard explained that his favourite car is now a pickup truck, and admitted that he feels like an “idiot” in Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

When asked how many cars he owns now, the former Top Gear star said: “Well, quite a lot fewer now since I had to sell a load of them to set up my workshop business.  

“I sold really precious cars, but there’s still quite a lot of them knocking about.  

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“My favourite day-to-day car is a pickup truck because it’s useful and I need it for the workshop. Most days I am in the workshop because I have an office there and run the production company that makes the show.  

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