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James May Car Collection | Car Collection of James May

James May is best known for him presenting on the popular BBC car show Top Gear, and more recently The Grand Tour. And while he’s known as Captain Slow by his fellow co-presenters Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson, the presenter is keen on fast cars.

In fact, James owns the fastest cars of the three of them and has continually said how he now prefers more modern cars thanks to his interest in future technologies, especially that of electric and hydrogen cars.

James May Car CollectionPrice (USD)
Ferrari 458 Speciale$291,744
Fiat Panda$16,300
BMW I3$44,450
Tesla Model S 100D$94,000
2015 Toyota Mirai$26,995
2021 Toyota Mirai$49,500
Bentley T2$85,000
Rolls Royce Corniche$139,040
1984 Porsche 911$25,300
Datsun 120Y$1,900 – $3,300
Alfa Romeo 164$12,377

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1. Ferrari 458 Speciale

Start with the quickest member of his collection. James May is deeply passionate about Ferraris, as the bulk of you are aware. Or, as he refers to them, Fezzas. Despite his passion, he was only just able to obtain the final special edition 458. He’s also owned a 458 Italia and an F430 in the past.

Along with Richard Hammond and his adorable little Opel Kadett Oliver, he went for a drive in his 458. Sebastian Vettel, an F1 driver, then compared the two vehicles, with the Ferrari clearly coming out on top.

2. Fiat Panda

James has a wide and peculiar selection of vehicles, from Ferraris to Fiats. He drove a Panda as his everyday vehicle for many years and enjoyed it, claiming that you can’t drive fast on public roads anyway and that you use all of the power in this vehicle all the time. Sadly, his Panda broke down in 2014, therefore he decided to get a BMW i3.

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3. BMW I3

James has a wide and peculiar selection of vehicles, from Ferraris to Fiats. He drove a Panda as his everyday vehicle for many years and enjoyed it, claiming that you can’t drive fast on public roads anyway and that you use all of the power in this vehicle all the time. Sadly, his Panda broke down in 2014, therefore he decided to get a BMW i3.

It featured on The Grand Tour, in which Jeremy compared it to his VW Golf GTI and questioned why the tax payer helped by the BMW for the presenter.

4. Tesla Model S 100D

In order to understand more about the future of automobiles, James purchased a Tesla Model S 100D. “I don’t know what the future of the automobile is, but I believe they’re going to be powered by electric motors one way or another,” he told fans at the time.

So, with this in mind, he decided to participate in the experiment and see what all the excitement was about. Despite stating that his followers would be “extremely disappointed” with him, he turned out to appreciate the Model S.

But, in order to properly comprehend the Tesla’s drivetrain – a pair of electric motors connected to a battery – he had to purchase a competition…

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5. 2015 Toyota Mirai

In addition to the Tesla, James ordered a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai. He bought it particularly to compare it to the Tesla and the many ways they both generate and store power.

The primary distinction is clearly the manner in which both automobiles store potential energy. The Toyota stores it as hydrogen, which is transformed to energy when the pedal is pressed. The Tesla, like your smartphone, stores power in a battery. The former can be filled up like a regular gasoline automobile in a couple of minutes. In comparison, the latter takes significantly longer to charge.

He later admitted that it was the “nicest car he’d ever owned”, but sold it not long after buying it due to the lack of hydrogen fuel stations on the UK, of which there were only 8 when he bought it and 11 when he sold it.

6. 2021 Toyota Mirai

He promptly replaced the old Mirai with the new 2021 model, which was noticeably superior in every regard, including range, technology, and performance. “That is, I believe, badass,” James says to the camera in the unveiling video.

While driving through London traffic, he was quite pleased with his new automobile, describing it as “very, very nice up to 8mph.”

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7. Bentley T2

This is the automobile that James May reviewed on Top Gear on his debut appearance. His film promoted the purchase of a new T2 over a used Ford Mondeo. He wasn’t allergic to the seats on this one, unlike his Rolls Royce, which we’ll show you later. He suspected it had something to do with the seat filling.

He sold it with 80,000 miles on the clock in 2007.

8. Rolls Royce Corniche

Corniches are owned by well-known celebrities with large financial accounts and legions of admirers. Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and… James May. He purchased it in 2007, but he only drove it 10,000 miles in ten years. He sold it in 2017 after discovering he was allergic to the seats.

9. 1984 Porsche 911

Taking a page from Hammond’s book, May purchased a Porsche and declared it to be “the greatest automobile I’ve ever bought.” It was one of the last air-cooled Porsches on the market when it was sold in May 2015 for £50,000, more than twice the projected price.

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10. Datsun 120Y

Known also as the Nissan Sunny, this car went head-to-head with the Nissan GTR during Top Gear in 2008 in a race across Japan. This persuaded May to go and buy his own. “This was the little Japanese car that showed our dads you didn’t need a Flaky Austin 1100 that broke down all the time.” How can you argue with that?

11. Alfa Romeo 164

After driving one as a company car in the early 90s, May had said that he’d completely forgotten about it. That was until he bought one for £1,000 in 2006 for a Top Gear challenge and praised it for having “Italy’s most charismatic V6”.

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Other Cars He Has Reportedly Owned

Triumph 2000

Rolls Royce Phantom

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2005 Porsche Boxster S

Ferrari F430

Saab 9-5 Aero

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1

Ferrari 458 Italia

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