James Martin Has Cooked Up Quite a Car Collection

James Martin might be famous for being the chef on This Morning (and formerly Saturday Kitchen for ten years), but that isn’t all he does. He's an avid car lover as well!

When Martin isn’t cooking up a storm with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, he’s a proud father to two dogs, and he’s got an absolutely fantastic car collection.

Martin has gone on record to say he’d rather have cars than children, and every specimen in his garage proves that he’s got a lot of love, time and money to lavish on them! 

Audi e-tron GT RS

Audi RS e-tron GT

From footballers to TV stars, they are all in love with Audi cars. They’re not the only ones zooming down to the dealership, though: James Martin is also a fan.

The chef and presenter have an electric Audi with a name that sounds like a transformer. It’s a really impressive car, too.

The coupe has more than 600 horsepower and can drive 283 miles on a single charge. It can also do 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds and costs £110,000. Got to love the ITV salary!

Bentley Continental

Bentley Continental R

Driving a classic car and listening to iconic music…what’s not to like?

James Martin acquired his Bentley Continental second-hand after it was made in the 1980s. The vehicle had 40,000 miles on the clock and still had a lot of love to give.

It won’t be giving up the Shirley Bassey cassette, though, which was apparently in the tape player when Martin bought the car and has remained there ever since. 

Ferrari 275 GTB

Ferrari 275 GTB

This Ferrari is a lot, even for a Ferrari. Like the Bentley Continental, it’s vintage, but the specific Ferrari owned by James Martin is even older than he is!

It’s a 12-cylinder grand tourer and pretty rare. Variations based on the model and year can be worth £4 million, but Martin’s has the "budget option" and is only worth £1.5 million. 

John Deere Gator

John Deere Gator

From unbelievably fancy and expensive to cheap, cheerful and practical! The John Deere Gator is a tough old farm vehicle with an all-wheel drive.

It can be moved like a tipper truck and has a heavy-duty winch on the front. The beast is worth £15,000 to buy and will certainly get you over muddy puddles and not be deterred by snow.

It’s less of a car and more like a golf buggy on steroids, and we love that. 

Ferrari 288 GTO

Ferrari 288 GTO

For an avid car collector, Martin seems reluctant to favour one specific brand. The exception is Ferrari because, well, it’s Ferrari.

In a tour of his garage, Martin kept this baby hidden but mentioned its existence later on. Perhaps it’s so he can go incognito.

Alternatively, it could be because Ferrari 288 GTOs are rare and worth more than £2 million. This has got to be Martin’s priciest car, right? 

Ford GT40

Ford GT40

Wrong about the previous car being the priciest! Whilst a £2 million vehicle might be more than the rest of us could ever dream of, it’s not the most valuable car in Martin’s garage.

The Ford GT40 is an incredible road racer and actually beat Ferrari when the two raced at Le Mans.

The edition Martin has was made later than the original, which means it’s not quite as valuable. Those were priced at an eye-watering £8 million. 

Mercedes Benz R107 SL

Mercedes Benz R107 SL

If you’re looking for a car with classic charm and appeal, the Mercedes-Benz R107 SL is perfect.

It certainly is angular and comes in so many different shades of beige, which is lovely if you like beige. Good thing this image here is a red one for a change!

Although some classic cars get more valuable with age, like wine and cheese, the Mercedes-Benz SL now goes for around £25,000. Still, nice if you like beige.

Mini Cooper S Rally Car

Mini Cooper S Rally Car

Martin likes to race classic Minis when he’s not cooking in the studio or getting his pilot’s license.

Some might claim that this is the Shetland Pony Grand National of car racing: a lot of fun but not likely to break any record.

Martin certainly enjoys it enough to buy two Mini Cooper Rally Cars, both of which did compete a few years ago. Who doesn’t enjoy a pocket rocket from time to time? 

Shelby Mustang GT350

Shelby Mustang GT350

Back when we were writing about rappers, we spoke a lot about customisation and how to restore old cars. Martin isn’t getting his car lowered, though.

But when he bought an American Shelby Mustang GT350 fresh off the race track, he did have to show it a considerable amount of TLC.

We hope that he was able to keep the 7.0-litre engine and just repair what was necessary. Because of the history, it’s hard to value this vehicle.

Some Shelby Mustangs have sold for more than £100,000. 

Subaru Impreza Rally Car

Subaru Impreza Rally Car

We know that Martin loves a rally car and has tried his hand at two Mini Coopers, so it makes sense he’ll look at other brands, too.

The Subaru Impreza vehicles are slightly bigger, and Colin McRae and Petter Solberg raced the two owned by Martin.

Both are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, but it might be more fun to invite three friends over and race the Subaru Imprezas against the Mini Coopers. 

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