Yes, You Can Buy Richard Hammond’s 'Top Gear' BMW M3
Feeling withdrawal from Top Gear’s TV absence? Can you recite entire re-run episodes from start to finish? Well, good news! The boys are working on a new television endeavor, and one of Richard Hammond’s memorable Top Gear challenge cars will soon come up for auction. Recognize it? It’s the 1996 BMW E36 M3 Richard Hammond used in the £5,000 track day saloon challenge, circa series 15, episode 2. It will cross the block at Classic Car Auctions’ June 6th sale, and one Hammond fan will surely be very pleased to have it. RELATED: Clarkson Tweet Shows Richard Hammond and Corvette on Test Track Filmed in Germany in 2010, the track day saloon segment goes down as one of the most memorable of Top Gear’s cheap car challenges. Richard Hammond of course selects the E36 M3, Jeremy Clarkson opts for a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, and James May goes Mercedes with a 190e 2.3-16… a car that Martin Brundle ‘allegedly’ said had one of the finest rear-drive chassis he’d ever driven. Emphasis on allegedly. The producers task the Top Gear boys with performing a top speed test on the autobahn (Hammond wins), transporting a traditional German brass band, and driving from Germany to Poland with just three gallons of fuel. At one point, the Stig’s German cousin takes all three cars for a hot lap around the EuroSpeedway Lausitz circuit, a challenge which Richard Hammond wins yet again. Take a look. VIDEO: Richard Hammond is So Bored, He Herded Some Sheep
James May would come away with the overall challenge win, despite the Mercedes running out of gas, but it’s arguably the BMW that was the most suitable track day saloon of the bunch. Classic Car Auctions estimates the once £5,000 E36 to bring between £7,500 and £10,500 at auction ($11,620 and $16,260 at today’s rates), equipped with BMW’s hard-hitting 3.2-liter straight-six and now showing 79,235 miles on the clock.
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