The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond has recalled having to sell his beloved Ferrari in order to afford a massive rent payment while working in London.
Richard was reunited with the pricey red vehicle during a video with DriveTribe recently and explained how he came to the point where he needed to sell it.
According to the host, he owned six cars (SIX) at the time and felt he had little choice but to give up his 1998 Ferrari 550 Marnello when the family relocated to be closer to the Top Gear studios, where he filmed alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May – and swiftly moved almost immediately yet again.
Speaking to Mike Fernie and Harry Metcalfe, Richard said that after commuting from Gloustershire to London for filming, the family moved to a home closer to the city. However, after realising it wasn’t for them, they upped sticks and moved back to their previous house – but the car enthusiast was slapped with a bill of six months rent in the process.
He explained: ‘I was working at Top Gear based in London, to and from, it was just killing me. I wanted us to be together as a family, so we decided, “Right, there’s nothing for it, we’re living in a rented house. We’re going to move”.’
Richard went on: ‘So we gave up on the rented house, we rented another house closer to London and we moved lock, stock and barrel.
‘So I had six cars…we shifted them all over there. The last drive I did in this [the Ferrari] was in the lashing rain to the house in Penn, Buckinghamshire. We pulled up outside the house we’d rented.’
Richard, who, according to DriveTribe is worth a reported £28million, said it was only after moving into the house with his wife Mindy and their daughters Isabella, 19, and Willow, 16, that the host realised it wasn’t the right place for them, and they swiftly decided to return.
He recalled: ‘We moved in on the Saturday. Three removal vans, and on the Sunday morning I’d been talking to the girls and I looked at them in this new context…’
The presenter, who is currently filming for the latest series of The Grand Tour, added: ‘This doesn’t work for us. We don’t fit here. So the following morning, the removal guys came to take the last few bits and I said put it all back on.’
After explaining they were lucky to be able to load everything back into the trucks and cart it back to the house they had previously rented, and were able to rent again, Richard said it came with a price tag.
He said: ‘But, the guy I rented the house from in Penn held me to six months rent, which amounted to what this [the Ferrari] was worth.
‘I mean, I’m flat broke, I had a Ferrari, but I had no income to cover it. So I had no choice, it had to go.
‘I had to sell it to pay the rent on a house I wasn’t living in.
‘So I gave it away, effectively.’
We’re fairly sure he’s okay to cover the rent these days. And then some.
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