Hammond is selling some of his classics to fund new restoration business

Don't panic, Oliver is *not* for sale

Richard Hammond is selling some of his beloved classic cars and motorcycles to fund his new venture – a classic vehicle restoration business called 'The Smallest Cog'.

'The Smallest Cog' is also going to be featured in the upcoming Discovery+ series 'Richard Hammond's Workshop'. A total of eight vehicles will be sold by Silverstone Auctions at The Classic at Silverstone on Sunday 1 August.

But before you starting panic (or getting your hopes up!), Opel 'Oliver' Kadett isn't for sale.

“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,” Hammond said. “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.”

We're sure you're wondering what's on the list...

The vehicles in question are a much-loved 1959 Bentley S2, a 1969 Porsche 911T, a 1927 Sunbeam Model 2 motorcycle, a 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 (number five of 48 built), a 1932 Velocette KSS Mk1 motorcycle, a 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1, as well as two more motorcycles that he bought for his 40th and 50th birthday. Every vehicle is offered without reserve.

1959 Bentley S2

1959 Bentley S2

Richard was thinking about adding his Ford RS2000 to the list, but he then changed his mind and decided to wait for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale – due to take place at Silverstone in September 2021 – to put the Ford up for auction. This is to give a bit more time for The Smallest Cog to complete the car to their exacting standards.

1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 (number five of 48 built)

1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 (number five of 48 built)

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, added, “We are delighted to have Richard both attending our sale on 1 August but also joining us on the rostrum to introduce the collection. 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.”

1969 Porsche 911T

1969 Porsche 911T

The Richard Hammond Collection will be offered from 2pm during the Sunday auction at The Classic Sale at Silverstone.

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Comments (47)

  • I'll take the Esprit

      1 month ago
    • I was going to say the exact same thing, but I've been beaten to it.

        1 month ago
  • Ehem this has to be part of marketing wright or he is making space for new stuff I honestly don’t have clue what running a business like that costs but seeing as what Richard must be raking in with grand tour Amazon boat series nonsense etc. plus what he has already made I just don’t see him needing money somehow

      1 month ago
  • I love that 911

      1 month ago
  • In normal times he’d go out and do a few after-dinner talks at £25k a go. I guess Covid has put pay to that.!

      1 month ago
  • I like that Porsche 911T.

      1 month ago
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