According to The Sunday Times, Hamilton’s net worth of just over $207 million makes him one of the richest sports figures in the UK, just behind David Beckham. In a recent interview with the British newspaper, Hamilton gave some details on his personal car collection. His first car was a used Mini Cooper, soon followed by a Mercedes-Benz C200.
Both have long since been replaced by a pair of original Shelby Cobras, a 1967 Shelby GT500, a Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, two LaFerraris (a red coupe and a white Aperta), a McLaren P1 and a Pagani Zonda 760 equipped with a manual transmission. All in, Hamilton has about 15 cars split between homes in Monaco and Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly, he has a Mercedes-AMG Project One (a car that shares more than a little with his F1 W09 EQ Power+ race car) on the way.
Hamilton has some hot takes on his personal collection. “The Zonda is terrible to drive,” he said. “It’s the best-sounding car I own, but handling-wise it’s the worst. I got it in manual because I didn’t like the tiptronic version. The tiptronic Pagani offered was worse than the Smart Roadster I had.” He also says his Shelby Mustang is a “beautiful car, but a heap of junk.”
In order to keep the miles down (and valuations up), Hamilton apparently has a tow truck on retainer in Los Angeles. When he’s finished driving one of his Ferraris, he’ll have the car towed back to his place. Classic cars are becoming a solid and serious investment, and Hamilton doesn’t want to squander his wealth like some other athletes. That said, there are a couple more cars Hamilton would love to own, including a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (the one with the gullwing doors) and a Ferrari 250GT California Spyder (the one from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”).