How to experience being a Top Gear presenter on the cheap
Let's be honest, we've all wanted to do this. You know, you sit on the couch with a cup of tea, watching the re-runs of Top Gear, and you see that Suzuki Jimny with pink writings on the side and a silly-looking Richard Hammond behind the wheel, you'd laugh and think you can do better than him. But then Jeremy's green Fiat would pull up and you'd forget about the dream of yours.
Today, we're going to make your dream come true - here are 5 cars from Top Gear Challenges that are cheap and cheerful, and will make you feel like the hero of the day.
1. James' Police Lexus LS400 - £1,490
The Lexus police car featured an ice cream siren, some removable pink paint nozzles on the boot and a rather 'distinctive' paint work. However, in reality, the Lexus LS400 is actually a very well sorted, very reliable and albeit boring, but it's one of the best quality cars you're going to find with this kind of mileage and age. This Lexus, priced at £1,490, wouldn't break your bank, but it's promised to give you the comfort James lust after.
2. The trio's 325i Convertible with the inevitable human slime - £4,390
Remember when the trio were told to buy four seaters convertibles? And what did they all end up with? An Audi? A Mercedes? Nope. They've all bought E30 325i Convertibles, and despite the similar pricing, their conditions were questionably different, as discovered by Mr. Manlove. This silver example, however, should be a more sought after one, as it's been cherished and by the looks of it, well taken cared for. No it's not £1,500, more like £4,390, but at least you wouldn't be scared every time you get in one.
3. Hammond's heroic Mini Cooper - £9,750
In the Top Gear India Special a while back, Jeremy and James both took some great big English metal to India, namely the Jaguar XJS and the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Yet, Hammond thought, to solve the trade deficit, a Mini is the perfect car, and that is why he bought one. It drove great, was heroic, and sadly had it's face torn off when it had to winch the Rolls up a hill. Fortunately, this 2001 example shouldn't need a front-end rebuild, as it's in tip-top nick and mechanically sound.
4. May's Alfa GTV (because a GTV6 is worse, apparently) - £2,000
'You can't say you're a petrolhead until you've owned an Alfa'. That's what the trio always tell us, but it's always unconvincing. So the Top Gear office told them to buy three second-hand Alfas and prove the theory. James, being the most sensible of the bunch, bought a GTV with Twin Spark two-litre. The GTV almost ran perfectly the whole way through, except when the clutch pedal stuck down. Oh and the engine smells of cheese when it was in the concourse competition. Hands down the best car there though, and properly Italian.
5. Jeremy's beloved Porsche 928 - £14,995
Jeremy loves the Porsche 928 to bits. The first time he bought one was for a challenge, he bought one that costed £1,500 and he broke down, a lot. In the end he just took apart the entire car and sold the bits to someone who later turned them into living room decorations. The one that everybody knew, the H982 FKL car, remember, that revealed why Jeremy Clarkson loves this car so much. Turns out it can sit happily at illegal speeds so that Jeremy could see his father for the last time. Sad story, and an equally sad ending to the special as the cars got torched by angry Argentinians.
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