In addition to co-hosting Amazon’s The Grand Tour specials alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Richard Hammond has recently been toiling away to get his new classic car restoration operation – The Smallest Cog – off the ground. But starting a business can be rather expensive, which is why Richard Hammond is taking his beloved fleet of rides to the auction house next month.
“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,” says Hammond via statement.
“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.”
A great number of the wheels to be sold include former Top Gear fixture’s personal favourites, such as classic and limited-edition motorcycles he treated himself to on his 40th and 50th birthdays, and even a cherished family heirloom in the 1959 Bentley S2.
Here’s everything else up for grabs / bidding (all offered without reserve):
- 1969 Porsche 911T
- 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 (#5 of 48 built)
- 1932 Velocette KSS Mk1
- 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1
- 1927 Sunbeam Model 2
- 1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
- Norton Dominator 961 Street
“We are delighted to have Richard both attending our sale on August 1st but also joining us on the rostrum to introduce the collection,” says Nick Whale, Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions.
“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.”
The Richard Hammond Collection will be sold on August 1st at the Silverstone Classic Sale (The Wing Building) – find out more about the upcoming auction below.