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Here's W​hat Happened to The Top Gear Argentina Cars

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A​s some of you may remember back in 2014 Top Gear set out to shoot one of its most infamous specials of all time for the upcoming 22nd series of the hit show. T​he trip was meant to be an homage to the small-block V8 engine, one that many feared would soon be gone.

T​he Cars

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F​irst up is James May, he chose a rather balsy, but beautiful red Lotus Esprit V8. The Esprit has long been known as one of the most unreliable cars ever made. Which made it all the more surprising as it turned out to be the most reliable of the bunch.

(L​OTUS: Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious)


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U​p next was Richard Hammond's brilliantly childish Ford Mustang Mach 1. A car which featured a very sophisticated Lacocarcha horn. Surprisingly, however, it did prove to be the most unreliable car there.


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N​ow, famously Jeremy Clarkson went for a Porsche 928 GT. A car which he feels was the last good-looking car Porsche ever made.

H​owever, as we all know the car sported a rather unfortunate number plate: H982FKL.

See, the reason this was an issue was due to the Falklands war. Which was a 10-week undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982 over two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic.

And if you study the Porsche's number plate you can see how this connection can be made. Veterans of the war accused Jeremy Clarkson of purposefully changing the number plate to display this message. However, as Top Gear later stipulated the car had that number plate since new and could not have been changed.

W​hat Happened Next

R​ather famously, however, when Top Gear arrived to the last stop on their long adventure, Ushuaia they were met with some unpleasantries. Holed up in their hotel room the three presenters were told that they had to leave or violence would ensue, so as you can probably imagine they left. However, as the crew was driving back with the three sports-cars they were hit with a flurry of stones and eggs. And to detract attention from themselves; the Ford, Lotus, and Porsche were all abandoned at the side of the road.

W​here are they now?

Now as you might immagine nearly 6 years after the cars were dumped something had to have happened to them. Well yes, all three cars were seized by the Argentinian government and for a while stayed in a constantly guarded warehouse. For fear that angry mobs would burn the cars.

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However a couple of years ago the Argentinian and the UK government apparently agreed in a hush-hush operation “to compact” the three cars at a junk yard in Rio Grande. Members of the foreign ministry and British embassy watched as the three vehicles were effectively shredded and compacted.


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