Jeremy Clarkson, the world’s most famous motoring journalist, is not about to buy an electric car anytime soon.
In a recent video clip, the former Top Gear UK TV presenter – who with his colleagues James May and Richard Hammond have moved to greener pastures with their new show The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime – revealed his biggest automotive regret and explained why he’s not a fan of electric cars.
After 26 seasons on the top-rating Top Gear UK TV show, Clarkson can comfortably afford to buy some of the supercars he and his colleagues test drive.
Although Clarkson has previously owned a VW Golf GTI and a succession of Volvo XC90 SUVs as daily drivers – amid a small collection of more exotic machinery from Ferrari to Ford GT – the straight-talking TV host said he’s not in a hurry to buy an electric car.
“I will never have an electric car,” said Clarkson on a new DriveTribe video that unearthed some previously unseen footage. “I can see that people like them and that they’re interesting (but) I just like the sound of a V8.”
Clarkson said: “I never want to drive a car that hasn’t got a nice sound coming out of the front or the back, and petrol does that. I’m nearly 60, I can drive petrol cars til I die.”
Although Clarkson and his colleagues have road tested numerous electric cars, the TV host said: “I just wouldn’t buy an electric car. I’ve driven them I see that there’s an appeal ... I quite like the BMW i8.
“Call me a dinsoaur,” he added, “but I prefer Pink Floyd to Stormzy, and I prefer a Ford Mustang to a Tesla.”
When asked about his worst car purchasing decision, Clarkson instead answered with an example of his biggest automotive regret, which was selling a rare 1970s BMW 3.0-litre CSL, one of just 1265 built and one of just 500 sold in the UK.
“The worst car purchasing decision I’ve ever made wasn’t a purchasing decision at all,” said Clarkson.
“I don’t think I’ve ever bought a car I didn’t like, but I sold a BMW 3.0-litre CSL for, I don’t know, next to nothing. I think £3000 and that was idiotic. Absolutely idiotic.”
That amount of money equates to about $AUD5500. Today, however, pristine examples are fetching more than $200,000 overseas.
See the full interview on DriveTribe below.
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