“Banks are doing nothing these days. So many sportsmen — sportswomen are generally a smarter species — have squandered their money. I’m very conscious of that. I don’t know anything about wine. I don’t know a huge amount about art. But what I do know is cars, and I’m very particular about them.”(UK’s Sunday Times). In other words, Hamilton might have an incredible car collection but he’s no fool when it comes to keeping them in mint condition and eventually reselling the purchase. Hamilton has also admitted to towing some of his rides in order to decrease the mileage; “In LA, I’ve got a tow truck and a handyman. If I think I’ve had my excitement quota for the day I’ll ring him up and he’ll collect it from wherever I am."
Granted, it is nice to drive beautiful cars but it’s even better to make some extra coin! Hamilton has the opportunity to do both it appears. In this article we go inside that impressive garage featuring the most affordable rides. We’ll take a look at how every day people can buy second-hand versions of some of his cars and bikes at a reasonable price point. However, we’ll also flip things around featuring 11 rides we can’t even dream of. Ferrari, McLaren and various Mercedes will be featured on that end of the article.
Enjoy folks and like always be sure to share the article with a friend. Without further ado, here are 9 Lewis Hamilton rides we can actually afford and 11 we can’t even dream of. Let’s get started!
20 Affordable: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 ($35,000)
Among the slew of fantastic cars includes this muscle car beauty, a 1967 Shelby Mustang. So to be clear, Hamilton’s vintage model isn’t an affordable one. It has a value we can only dream of purchasing.
However, different types of Ford Shelby GT500s do exist at a more reasonable price point.
As a matter of fact, some that are in decent condition can go as low as $35,000. That’s a reasonable price point especially for those hoping to score a muscle car ride. Just don’t look for a vintage model from the 1960s, that’s in the “we can’t even dream of” territory.
19 Too Expensive: Shelby Cobra 427 ($1,595,000)
The Mustang is a beautiful vehicle, however Hamilton himself admitted the car doesn’t drive the smoothest - "it’s a beautiful car, but a heap of junk” he tells the Sunday Times. You know which car isn’t a hunk of junk? His breathtaking Shelby Cobra 427, another car from the 1960s. Hamilton loves his vintage rides and as a matter of fact he’s also known to using a tow truck once he’s done with them in order to put as few miles as possible on the rare rides. With a car that has a worth of more than $1.5 million can you really blame him?
18 Affordable: 2008 Mercedes GL 320 CDI ($17,995)
A decade ago Hamilton settled for the Mercedes GL 320 off the track as his every day rider. As we recently discussed he isn’t fond of over-driving some of his classic rides. Therefore this makes complete sense. Lewis discussed the car choice and why it works for him during an interview with Motor Authority; “At the track I always drive on the limit, but on public roads I like to relax, kick back and cruise. The GL’s perfect for that – it’s got plenty of space for all my kit, a brilliant sound system, and the high driving position gives me a clear view of the road ahead. It’s just about the most comfortable road car I’ve driven.” A car that’s now over 10 years old, the value has depreciated over the years. Second-hand models can be yours at under $20,000.
17 Too Expensive: Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6 ($500,000)
From an affordable Mercedes SUV to one most of us can’t even dream of. This beast has a value of over $500,000. Now Hamilton isn’t prone to purchasing massive SUV type rides however this one is the exception. Let’s just say it's a decent upgrade to his prior GL 320 CDI model...
According to Daily Mail this car is an absolute beast to drive off the road.
It features 37-inch wheels along with a twin-turbocharged engine. The interior isn’t too shabby either featuring a smooth leather. You know it’s a legit ride when the Australian army uses it off the road.
16 Affordable: Can AM Maverick x3 ($20,000)
Need a ride a little more affordable to use off the road? Seriously, who the heck would drive a Mercedes with a value of more than $500,000 on the cold terrain? Instead, Hamilton uses the Can AM Maverick x3 as his every day off road rider. The racer posts several photos with the Can AM, he is also a sponsor for the company. The ride might look pricey but in reality it really isn’t that bad compared to some other rides on the list. A 2018 Can Am Maverick x3 is selling for as low as $19,999. The ride can hit a top speed of 85 mph.
15 Too Expensive: Ferrari 599 GTO ($450,000)
A buyer can either purchase 22 Can AM Maverick x3s or one Ferrari 599 GTO. Sadly, in most cases, buyers would purchase the Ferrari without any hesitation. Of course resale value is of the utmost importance, not only does Hamilton collect these cars but he also flips them as well making a couple of extra bucks. He was caught in this stunning model while in Monaco. The car is an absolutely beauty, Hamilton purchased the all black color scheme. At the time of the car’s release it was regarded as the fastest road Ferrari ever made. No wonder it’s in Hamilton’s garage.
14 Too Expensive: LaFerrari Aperta ($2,200,000)
Hamilton is one of the few owners of the all new LaFerrari Aperta. As a matter of fact according to Motor Authority only 210 buyers currently own the car as of June 2018. Hamilton was caught cruising in the ride while in Los Angeles. The car isn’t cheap with prices ranging from $2 million all the way up to $10 million.
A recent photo shows Hamilton’s Aperta getting towed in LA.
Some speculated that he had car troubles however as previously mentioned Lewis usually tows cars once he’s done with them. We assume this is exactly what happened. The fewer miles the better on this bad boy!
13 Affordable: Second-Hand Mini (Under $1,000)
Don’t roll your eyes at us! Everyone has to start somewhere and for Lewis that was with a second-hand mini! He explained to CNN that the car was a hand-me-down from his mother. Although it isn’t as flashy as some his current rides Lewis admits the car drove extremely well. Like in lots of cases, first rides don’t have the craziest value. Just try to recall your first car. Chances are it isn’t worth more than a grand these days. That’s the case with Hamilton’s second-hand mini. Older models can be purchased for as low as $500! His current bicycle collection has more value...
12 Too Expensive: Pagani Zonda 760 LH ($2,000,000)
Talk about a transition huh? We wonder if Lewis has ever sat down and thought about this one. He went from a second-hand mini back in the day to one of the most stunning rides in the entire world, a Pagani Zonda. In all seriousness he might have went from the absolute worst to best.
Although the ride has an incredible look and value, Hamilton was rather harsh when assessing the handling of this ride.
In an interview with the Sunday Times Lewis admitted the car isn’t what it appears to be. Hamilton discussed the car being a terrible drive and he regards the vehicle as his worst in terms of handling. Surprisingly, this ride isn’t even close to being his favourite and more of an investment than anything else.
11 Affordable: Roadster SMART (Under $10,000)
Back in 2016 Hamilton admitted that his every day rider wasn’t the most eye-opening car in his garage. He discusses the Smart car during an interview with News.com.au; “I have a smart electric. It’s really bad because people are like, ‘No you can’t, because you’re a racing driver. Of course I have some really cool cars but I like driving the electric car around Monaco (where he lives) because it’s easy to park. If someone bumps into it, I don’t mind. You just change the panel.” The car has an affordable price tag with similar versions under $10,000. Hamilton’s might have been a little pricier but still nothing out of the ordinary.
10 Too Expensive: Mercedes-Maybach S600 ($200,000)
Hamilton called this beauty one of his top rides. However, he might not have been as attached as we initially thought. Lewis recently put this ride up for sale. Perhaps he’s looking to upgrade, you’ll see what we mean in the following entry. But yes, he put this ride up for sale. According to Motor 1 the car can be yours at $142,000. This is a reasonable price point especially considering the new model went for over $200,000 at the time of its release. Not only that, the car is barely driven with only 27,500 miles. Despite the great price tag it’s still a tad bit too expensive for us normal folks.
9 Too Expensive: Concept Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
This might be the reason for Hamilton selling his Maybach. The F1 driver posted a photo alongside the stunning concept Maybach 6 Cabriolet. In the post Lewis fantasized about buying the stunning futuristic ride.
Without a doubt he’ll be in line to purchase the car once it’s released.
The car has a stunning exterior and according to Mercedes this was influenced by a yacht design; “The extended, round “boat tail” format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet’s rear recalls a luxury yacht, and narrow tail lights which emphasise the width of the vehicle are integrated in its outer edges. Crystal white high-quality nappa leather creates an exciting contrast to the dark paint finish. The custom-made fabric top with interwoven rose gold threads has been perfectly coordinated with the look of the vehicle”.
8 Affordable: Honda Motocross Bike ($2,000)
In the next couple of entries we feature some of his motorcycle rides. For the most part, Hamilton has an affordable collection starting with this Honda Motocross Bike. He used the ride while off-roading with Justin Bieber. The two took their bromance off to the dirt roads taking the bikes for a spin. Most would imagine an insane value attached to their rides however this isn’t the case. Lewis' Honda bike is actually quite cheap. Buyers can find new versions of the ride for as low as $2,000. Of course, keep in mind that it’s a dirt bike but still quite an affordable price point.
7 Too Expensive: Mercedes SLS AMG ($200,000)
Driving with Mercedes in Formula 1, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Hamilton has bought a couple of Mercedes rides in his personal life. One of them happens to be one of the most stunning Mercedes model's out there, the SLS AMG. This ride is a popular choice among various athletes including mega soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and legendary tennis star Roger Federer. Among the other SLS owners; Jay Leno, Mark Wahlberg, Floyd Mayweather, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and so many more! There’s a reason why so many high profile celebs opt for the ride. However it definitely doesn’t come cheap!
6 Affordable: MV Agusta F4 LH44 ($60,000)
$60K for a bike! Are you mad! Okay, here us out for a second. This is no regular bike and definitely a rare one when you consider only 44 versions exist. It’s not only a rare bike but one that’s loaded with various features. Hamilton has worked closely with the motorcycle brand in the past.
MV Agusta also created a specific bike as a tribute to the race car driver, the Brutale 800 RR.
It isn’t every day a guy gets a chance to create his own darn bike. But hey, that what happens when you’re one of the top race car drivers in the world. Hamilton has teased joining the world of motocross in the past however it was in a playful manner more than anything else.
5 Too Expensive: Mercedes-AMG GT R ($157,000)
He took this green monster out for a spin on the track last year. At just above $150,000 this car can be yours. Okay don’t roll your eyes at us! Seriously though, for those of you out there that love speed similar to Lewis this car has no shortage. It’s also a joy in terms of handling. Here are some of the car details according to Mercedes-Benz; “Strategic weight reduction, higher output, active aero, sport tires, and numerous performance innovations create a pure sports car that's more capable in every way, including the skill to thrill. Bigger turbos, nested between the cylinder banks, force-feed 19.6 psi of max boost to reshaped cylinders and heads. From remapped engine management to a lightened flywheel, each of its 577 hp carries less than 3 kg of the car it can rocket to 100 in 3.6 seconds”
4 Affordable: Ducati Monster 1200 ($20,000)
He loves his bikes and the Ducati Monster 1200 is another one of his recent purchases. The price point of this ride is a rather tame one at $20,000. This bike can be purchased for even cheaper with various second-hand versions currently selling at an affordable price point. As we mentioned earlier Hamilton teased making the jump to MotoGP in the past. The Drive recalls Hamilton’s hilarious April Fools attempt showing a photo of himself alongside a bike with the headline “breaking news Lewis Hamilton to compete in MotoGP in 2018” written at the top. He later confirmed it was all a joke.
3 Too Expensive: McLaren P1 ($1,150,000)
Back in 2015 Hamilton made this purchase. Depending on your personal tastes this might be the F1 driver’s top vehicle currently owned. This beauty currently resides back in his Monaco home. He was spotted in the ride on various occasions following the purchase. Unlike the Pagani Zonda Hamilton continues to speak glowingly about this car.
Of course it isn’t an affordable ride with a price tag of over $1 million.
The very base models are a cheaper price but still unaffordable at $265,500. Despite the heavy price point this remains a popular vehicle and one that sells out quite easily based off its look and luxury handling.
2 Affordable: 90s Mercedes Benz C-Class ($14,000)
No we aren’t talking about the new C-Class models which are pretty darn nice. Instead we feature one of Hamilton’s first ever rides, a Mercedes Benz C-Class. Perhaps not even Hamilton himself could have predicted working for the company years later and becoming one of the most dominant F1 drivers in the world and arguably ever. Before his fame Lewis rode around in the car. The vehicle can be found for dirt cheap these days with models selling for under $10,000. The finest models with moderate mileage can be purchased at $14,000. A theme in this article, Hamilton’s earlier rides tend to be the more affordable ones!
1 Too Expensive: Bombardier Challenger 605 ($16,500,000)
Yes, that’s right the dude has a darn plane! However, like his other rides a plane can be a worthwhile investment. All the money saved on travel expenses the purchase of a jet can be well worth it. Let’s not kid ourselves though. This ride cost a hefty amount with a worth of near $17 million. As if that wasn’t expensive enough the yearly tax on such a ride is said to be in the vicinity of near $4 million! This is no ordinary jet however and a spacious ride to say the least. It’s definitely his most impressive ride of all and one we can’t even dream of buying!