Inside Chef James Martin’s incredible £5million car collection that features a Ferrari and a Mustang | The Sun

JAMES Martin is known for his skills as a professional chef and TV presenter first and foremost.

But James is also a massive petrolhead with a decent racing CV behind him and a collection of stunning cars.

In a video posted by Jodie Kidd on her YouTube channel, James showed Jodie around his cars revealing some unbelievable gems.

James is a huge fan of rallying, which is why he has some extremely rare rally cars that have been raced at the highest level by world-famous drivers.

But more than anything the TV chef loves a car with a story.

Which is why his classic Bentley open-top still has a tape in it from the day it was collected by its original owner and he's had his Shelby Mustang for 20 years.

We've rounded up all of James' cars below

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Ford GT40

James' GT40 has won at Goodwood Revival making it particularly specialCredit: Youtube – Kidd in a sweetshop

The Ford GT40 is a legendary road-going racer that headed to Le Mans to take on Ferrari and beat it.

James has raced and hill climbed his one and original GT40s go for anywhere up to £8million depending on their history.

James' is a Superperformance GT40 made later, but is still worth several £100,000s.

Mini Cooper S rally cars

The original Mini is legendary and the Mini Cooper S rally car is an iconic pocket rocket.

James as two of them, both original rally cars that actually raced back in the day.

James has raced a lot in classic Minis himself and has been very successful.


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Range Rover Classic

The original luxury off-roader, the three-door Range Rover classic is a British institution.

They are a far cry from the Range Rovers of today, but will still get further from the beaten track than most SUVs.

The finest examples of Range Rover Classics have been fetching as much as £80,000 at auction.

Shelby Mustang 350

When Shelby got involved with the Ford Mustang, it transformed it into a brutal race car.

Jame bought his from the US and it had done its fair share of racing, needing a complete restoration.

It has a 7.0-litre engine and genuine Shelby Mustang Fastbacks can fetch upwards of £100,000.

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Ford Escort MKI rally car

This one is pretty special – it's the first rally Escort that Ford ever made. Chassis No.1.

James takes Jodie out for a spin in it in her video and it looks and sounds incredible.

Ferrari 275 GTB

The Ferrari 275 GTB is a rare 12-cylinder grand tourer built by the famous Italian carmaker in the 1960s.

So few were made that depending on the exact model and history they can go for as much as £4m.

James' isn't worth quite that, but it'd still set you back a cool £1.5m today.

Ferrari 288 GTO

Although James doesn't have this in his garage on Jodie's tour, he does mention that he owns it later in her video.

Given its rarity and value, it has to be mentioned here – very few were made and are frequently sold for more than £2million

Mercedes SL

A car that really punches above its price tag in the looks department is the classic R127 Mercedes SL.

James' looks like an absolute minter and could have cost in the region of £25,000 to buy.

Subaru Impreza rally cars

James actually has two Subaru Impreza rally cars in his collection, but one was away being looked after by somebody else during the video.

That car was driven by none other than Colin McRae, but the car in garage was driven by another rally legend – Petter Solberg.

Both of these cars are part of rallying history and would fetch £100,000s of auction.

Bentley Continental

With 40,000 miles from new, James' open-top classic Bentley makes a stunning way to get from A to B on a sunny day.

He reckons the original owner in the 1980s liked Shirley Bassey and the car was handed over with one of her albums on a tape in the tape deck to listen to.

The tape is still in there to this day. We told you he loved a car story.

Audi RS e-tron GT

An Audi RS e-tron GT can be seen lingering about in the background of the shots in Jodie's video.

This electric coupe has more than 600hp and can do 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds as well as cover 283 miles on a charge.

It costs more than £110,000 to buy.

John Deere Gator

And last but not least is James' John Deere Gator, which an all-wheel-drive, rough, tough farm vehicle.

James shows off its load bay which can be tipped up like a tipper truck and the fact is has a radio, heater and heavy duty winch on the front.

They can cost up to £15,000 to buy.

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