He may be best known for his television and radio presenting but Chris Evans certainly should also be known for the fact that he loves cars. The guy really loves cars! Just to reiterate how much he’s into automobiles, Evans went and blew/invested, depending on your outlook, his rather handsome fortune on a fleet of expensive cars following his rise to media stardom back in the 1990s.
Being car lovers too, we thought we would take a look into where, how and what Mr Evans spent his money on to form his formidable collection:
Where do we start?
Chris Evans has a spectacular Fleet of Ferraris, and six years ago, in 2009, Evans famously spent £5.5 million on a Ferrari 250 California SWB previously owned by Hollywood tough guy and Magnificent Seven star James Coburn.
If you thought that was an impressive acquisition, then step this way and prepare to be even more amazed! Evans also has these seven iconic Italian masterpieces, including a 1990 F40, a 2011 SA Aperta, a 1961 TR61, a 1961 250 SWB California Spyder, a 1963 250 GT SWB, a 1965 275 GTS Spyder, and a 1985 288 GTO.
Oh! And did we forget to mention that there’s also a 246 Dino, a 250 GT Lusso and a 275 GTB quad cam to add to his vast collection, too? How could we?! That makes the Ferrari-count ten, by the way.
There was, however, a thorn in the side of Evans’ red-loving armoury, in the form of the 250 GTO, or lack of it we should say.
In 2009 Chris almost admitted defeat, saying: “I want to earn enough money to get a 250GTO,” adding “It’ll never happen, they’re making £16m these days. How the hell am I going to manage that?”
However, things have a way of working themselves out, and low and behold, a year later the media hot shot forked out a cool £12 million on a red 1963 250 GTO (that’s eleven):
Evans also splashed out a world record fee of over £2 million on a classic Daytona Spyder in more recent times. Ferrari-count: 12.
Billie Piper also joined the Ferrari club when she was with Evans. He acquired a silver Ferrari full of red roses the day after their first date. And just to make sure she knew he liked cars during their 4-year marriage he bought her another Ferrari, two Ford Mustangs, a Jaguar, and a Range Rover!
What else is in the collection?
Well that’s the Ferrari’s taken care of, so what’s next in the collection, I hear you say? Buy a classic from the movies of course. In 2012 Chris spent half a million pounds on the famous car that starred in the family musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, due to the fact that its previous owner discovered the 17-foot long vintage motor wouldn’t fit in the garage, after winning it at auction.
Sharing the wealth
Evans is not one of those collectors who hides his vehicles away from the world, he’s a man of the people and shares his beauties at auto shows up and down the UK.
In 2014 Evans treated visitors to Goodwood Festival of to his ‘Dirty Dozen’ – a combination of his ‘Famous Five’ classics and the ‘Magnificent Seven’ in his collection.
The ‘Famous Five’ is made up of:
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
1965 Aston Martin DB5 (star of Goldeneye)
1965 Mini Cooper S (Italian Job replica)
1970 Jaguar E-Type
1973 Lamborghini Miura
Featured in the ‘Magnificent Seven’ are:
1961 Ferrari TR61
1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Competition
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1990 Ferrari F40
If Chris Evans ever utters the words ‘sell my car’, we’ll all be waiting with bated breath as to which one he is referring to, but we can’t see that happening anytime soon!