I love Top Gear. It's an awesome program about cars, of which most of the cars the Top Gear team drives, I cannot afford to buy. Or can I? So what to buy if you have more than $100,000 to spend? Let’s just have a look at what sold on eBay Motors in the week between Christmas and New Year! The results are not too shabby...
Porsche Panamera 4S
The 30 November 2008 edition of Top Gear featured a look at the Panamera in its news section, with the three presenters critically comparing its looks to those of the Austin Maxi. On 21 May 2009 Richard Hammond and James May from Top Gear were seen driving the Panamera along the A30 in Devon. They were racing against a letter sent via Royal Mail between the Isles of Scilly and the Orkney Islands. This episode was broadcast on the BBC on 12 July 2009. Jeremy Clarkson reviewed the Porsche Panamera for an article with The Times newspaper and said "Porsche plainly gave the job to a janitor". (Wikipedia)
What do they say at Top Gear about the Porsche Panamera? Just enjoy the race between the Porsche Panamera and a letter travelling with the Royal British Mail across the country. The clip is in two movies below here.
In a spectacular race between a Ferrari 612 and a plane, the Top Gear crew is putting the Ferrari to the test. Just check out if a Ferrari can beat a plane to go from London to Verbier in 3 short clips of Top Gear.
This is the James May of Ferraris. Conservative, practical and slower than the rest of us (Top Gear)
Bentley Continental GT GTC CUSTOM
Have you been dreaming of owning a gorgeous Bentley GTC series but did not want to pay the new car price or get haggled at a dealership? Here is your chance to own this Bentley GTC at a huge discount to a new one and without the stress! This esteemed Bentley is the true definition of sports, luxury, prestige, and comfort.
Buy a Bentley convertible and you might as well don a velour tracksuit, have your teeth over-whitened and tan yourself orange. You are either nonentity-yet-rich starlet or a over payed CEO. (Top Gear)
In the movie ‘No Man’s Land’, where a lot of Porsches were stolen, the Lamborghini was called ‘Italian Trash’. Who would not mind driving this trash…?
Any other vehicle feels a bit sterile by comparison. Even a Ferrari F430 feels a touch emasculated when parked next to the nasty, brilliantly insectile Gallardo (Top Gear)
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson announced on 18 February 2007 that he had bought a Gallardo Spyder, replacing his Ford GT. (Wikipedia)
The Gallardo is Lamborghini's most-produced model to date, with over 5000 built in its first three years of production. Although the Top Gear clip above here is claiming the Lamborghini is selling for 120K pounds, you can already but the Gallardo for just over $122K.
Ferrari 430 F1
As we move from the Lamborghini Gallardo to the Ferrari 430 F1, there is no better test than the Top Gear race between the two...
The F430 is obsolete. No one their right mind would buy one now. They’d get the F430 Scuderia instead
The elder statesman of Maranello, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is every inch a proper Ferrari, but it’s comparatively understated and seats four in serious luxury. Still good for nigh-on 200mph though. (Top Gear)
A Ferrari F430 can sell for $143K on eBay. Claimed to be “the cheapest” Ferrari of them all, it’s quite affordable to drive an Italian Stallion for just over $143K.
Porsche 911 Turbo
German Engineering in the house
All-wheel drive? You want all-wheel drive? What are you, octogenarian? (Top Gear)
The GT2 made an appearance on Top Gear, where it had a lap time of 1:19.5, faster than a Carrera GT by .3 of a second. (Wikipedia)
Clarkson on the Ford GT40:
The GT40 became my favourite car and I would plead with my dad to buy a Cortina, to replace the last one he'd crashed. Ford need the money, I'd argue, to build more GT40s.
I had three Dinky toy GT40s and my bedroom wall was plastered with pictures of them. I even sat in one once, when I was eight or so, and decided there and then it would be the car I'd have one day.
Amazing that a Ford GT40 is selling for more than most of the cars in this post, and more for most of the luxurious cars. I guess beating Ferrari in Le Mans for 4 years secured the price of any of the Ford GT40’s for collectors.
Aston Martin DBS
Feeling like James Bond today?
The most spectacular thing ever to have been invented. The Space Shuttle looks a bit rubbish in comparison. (Top Gear)
Driving this Aston Martin DBS You must feel like James Bond. If only you would not wreck it, as you just bought it for $209K. My absolute favorite of all the cars here on the list! If there would be one car I would try to save some money for, and buy it later in live, it would be an Aston Martin!
For just $138K, you can drive is style. Who would not want to drive the royal of the royal, the Rolls Royce Phantom? And if you ARE driving it, why not drive it on an aircraft carrier, just like the Top Gear tea has done… Awesome!
The best luxury car made anywhere. And we’re sneakily pleased it’s made 30 miles from the TG hangar.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is another world. It’s not simply a normal car with more performance or more knobs on. In fact it’s got fewer knobs on. But its charm puts you in an entirely better frame of mind about life. (Top Gear)
Maybe less style than the Rolls Royce, but if you like to go for speed, the Audi R8 is the way to go. Absolute powerful!
The R8 is on your side. It’s designed for ordinary drivers, not taciturn men in Nomex (Top Gear)
In a half mile drag race conducted by Top Gear between the R8 and a 997 Carrera S, the Porsche won, crossing the line just a half meter before the R8. However, the R8 easily beat the Porsche around Top Gear's test track.
The television show Top Gear compared the Nissan GT-R to the R8, and remarked that the R8 was "simultaneously less impressive and yet somehow more involving". On the R8 they wrote that "it rewards driver input", calling it "fantastic in a way that will appeal more to true car enthusiasts", but also remarked that it was "much slower", and the GT-R was cheaper. On their test track, the car performed better than a Lamborghini Gallardo and an Aston Martin DB9. (Wikipedia)
Far the most expensive on the list here, you would have to bring more than $800K to buy this collectors Maserati MC12
The Top Gear television series acquired an MC12, and test driver The Stig achieved a lap time of 1:18.9 around the Top Gear track—0.1 seconds faster than his lap in the Enzo Ferrari. Host Jeremy Clarkson also drove it, comparing it to the Maserati Biturbo, a car he disliked. Clarkson criticized the car greatly, pointing out that, like the Enzo, it lacks a rear window. He also commented that it is "difficult" due to its size, and "one of the twitchiest cars" he has ever driven, meaning a small action by the driver results in an exaggerated reaction from the car. For these reasons, he promptly renamed the car "The MC Hammer". Regarding the design of a racing car and modification to road standards he said, "Is it a racer? Is it a GT car? Is it a de-tuned Enzo in a fat suit? You can't really tell." Despite his criticisms he did compliment the smooth ride:
“This car glides over bumps, the suspension absorbing the roadworker Johnnies’ laziness without transferring a single ripple to the cool blue interior with its Milanese fashion house upholstery.” (Wikipedia)