By John Thomas

New Top Gear Co-host Selling 13 Awesome Autoszoom in

Given the incredible global popularity of the British TV show Top Gear, you have to know that new co-host Chris Evans, a DJ on BBC Radio 2, must have gotten a fat contract. Well, it turns out he didn’t really need a whole lot more money than he already he has – he is selling a baker’s dozen of his sweet rides, and the lot could fetch him as much as $17 million!

Given the incredible global popularity of the British TV show Top Gear, you have to know that new co-host Chris Evans, a DJ on BBC Radio 2, must have gotten a fat contract. Well, it turns out he didn’t really need a whole lot more money than he already he has – he is selling a baker’s dozen of his sweet rides, and the lot could fetch him as much as $17 million!

Bonham’s will be auctioning them off in September, and the collection includes six classic Ferraris. The one creating the most buzz is a prized 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C, which could put as much as $4.5 million in Evans’ pocket. My favorite is a 1971 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, not only because it’s freaking gorgeous, but also because of its wicked mod lime green paint job accentuated by a couple of extra large black polka dots where its racing numbers might have once appeared. Apart from the Ferraris, the other coolest car up for bid is a perfect replica of the automobile used in the brilliant 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which looks to be in pristine condition.

Here’s a full list of Evans’ vehicles going up for sale:

  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy, estimate £2,600,000-2,900,000
  • 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, estimate £2,300,000-2,600,000
  • 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’, estimate £1,400,000-1,800,000
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder, estimate £1,300,000-1,600,000
  • 1963 Ferrari 250 SWB Replica, estimate £500,000-600,000
  • 1949 Jaguar XK120 ‘Alloy’ Roadster, estimated £325,000-375,000
  • 1967 Jaguar XKSS ‘Lynx’, estimate £325,000-375,000
  • 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Replica, estimate £250,000-350,000
  • 1970 Mercedes 280SL ‘Pagoda’, estimate £100,000-130,000
  • 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS, estimate £100,000-130,000
  • 1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Fixed Head Coupé, estimate £55,000-65,000
  • 1964 Daimler Dart Police Car SP250, estimate £50,000-60,000
  • 1983 Fiat 127 Abarth, estimate £10,000-15,000

One thing other than the list of the specific cars themselves stood out for me in the press release issued about the sale by Bonham’s. It said Evans was getting rid of the 13 rides because he will be “refreshing his collection.” Damn, I should have been a DJ.

Source:: 95 Octane