6 of the best supercars owned by Clarkson, Hammond and May

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You all know about Clarkson's garish Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and horrendously unreliable Ford GT, but the Grand Tour trio have collectively owned a multitude of supercars that are both iconic and mind-bendingly capable. Once the Top Gear TV show started to make it big worldwide, the boys obviously started to use their hard-earned cash to purchase cars to rival those they drove for 'work'.

Although my favourite cars from the guy's collections over the years have generally been from Hammond's stable, James and Jeremy have made investments that show they too have pretty good taste when it comes to supercar ownership.

Ferrari F355 (Jeremy)

The Ferrari F355 sits right up there with the most iconic Ferraris ever produced, with this car being the first to use an F1-style gearbox in a road car. Clarkson chose it to be his first Ferrari, and what a choice it was.

Renowned for its operatic 3.5-litre V8, the five-valve DOHC engine delivers 375bhp and 268lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. The engine could also reach a screaming 8500rpm, convincing Jeremy to buy one new back in the '90s.

When writing about his F355 experience, Clarkson has however said a few unsavory things about it: "The Ferrari 355 GTS I once owned was plagued with seatbelts that strummed like guitar strings if you had the roof off, an engine that had to be taken out of the car to be serviced and a two-stage throttle that made only two speeds available: 2mph and 175mph."

McLaren 675 LT (Jeremy)

Much more recently, Jeremy has bought himself a 675 LT. Touted by much of the motoring press as the most engaging car in the McLaren range, the LT does away with the P1's hybrid system and concentrates on tuning the twin-turbocharged V8 to a hefty 666bhp, a 25bhp jump over the more cool and calculated 650S.

If Clarkson was so inclined, he could launch his car to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 205mph. Not bad for a relative newby to the supercar market.

Ferrari 458 Speciale (James)

May is a big Ferrari fan and has owned a few during his presenting career. After testing the waters with an F430, he went on to buy a standard 458 Italia, before Maranello adding one last car onto its Speciale production run specifically to cater for the Grand Tour man.

And that generosity from Ferrari will certainly pay off for James as the 458 Speciale is quickly becoming a collectable, with residuals very much on the way up alongside other limited edition Fezzas.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Richard)

Both Richard and James are massive 911 fans having owned multiple variants throughout their lives. The most capable car from their list of rear-engined beauties however comes in the shape of the 991 GT3 RS that Hammond has gotten his hands on.

Another car that has gained itself a ridiculous reputation for skyrocketing on the secondhand market, the RS is the closest you can get to a GT3 racer on the road, with roll caging and weight reduction to a devastating level.

Morgan Aeromax (Richard)

My pick of the bunch, Hammond decided he needed a piece of resto-modded British engineering in his life after testing the Morgan Aeromax. The coupe version of the Aero 8, the Aeromax featured a BMW-sourced V8 which Hammond specified to be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The British brute was often ridiculed for its adventurous headlight arrangement but put all those haters to sleep via 362bhp and 370lb ft of torque from the BMW N62 V8, an engine also used in the similarly styled Wiesmann MF4 GT.

Ferrari 550 Maranello (Richard)

To complete the trio of Ferraris, Hammond once had ownership of a beautiful 550, a car that he has said he regrets selling the most out of anything he's owned. The front-engined 550 Maranello would go on to be replaced by the 575 and F12 in terms of the standout V12 GT car from Ferrari.

One of the coolest factoids about the 550 is that Prodrive took one endurance racing. Named the 550 GTS, Prodrive won the GTS class at Le Mans in 2003 as well as taking many FIA GT victories from when the car was manufactured in 2001.

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