Garage owner sells Jeremy Clarkson’s top-of-the-range motor

Chris Carey of Emerald Motor Company with Clarkson’s former car.

Jeremy Clarkson

First published in Hampshire Business Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IT’S a used car with only one previous owner.

But this top-of-the-range Mercedes used to belong to Britain’s most famous petrolhead, Jeremy Clarkson.

The outspoken Top Gear presenter paid £100,000 for the convertible SL55 AMG when it was new in 2002. Now it is being sold by a Southampton dealer – for just £14,000.

Emerald Motor Company, in Burgess Road, Swaythling, bought the car from Clarkson’s personal collection.

Clarkson – famous for his tirades against cyclists and caravan owners, and his ongoing feud with fellow TV personality Piers Morgan – had snapped up the high-performance car after falling in love with it during a Top Gear review, describing it as the Swiss Army knife of cars.

His review of the car, which aired on Top Gear five years ago, showed him driving the Mercedes and explains that the SL55 was used as a pacemaker in Grand Prix races and can accelerate from 0mph to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155mph.

Interior features include a TV, a voice-activated CD player, a telephone and leather seats which Mr Clarkson has kept in fantastic condition despite covering 111,331 miles according to the dealers.

Emerald Motor Company boss Chris Carey said: “This was really exciting for us. I was overwhelmed to have Jeremy Clarkson’s car. I watch the show every week and to actually have a car that’s been on TV, we’ve never had anything like it.”

He added that it was one of the best cars he had ever driven. “I’ll miss being able to see it from my office window. It’s about 12 years old but still runs better than some modern cars. I wish we could have ten more like it!”

A Top Gear enthusiast from Stockport, Greater Manchester, is now the proud owner of the Mercedes, having paid £13,990.

Chris said: “The car is great and the owner is very happy. He didn’t even want to know the specifications. I told him it was owned by Jeremy Clarkson and that was enough. It’s a lovely car and a great sale for Emerald.”

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10:52am Tue 4 Mar 14

Big Mac says...

Was the TV installed so Clarkson could watch all the old repeats of himself?
Was the TV installed so Clarkson could watch all the old repeats of himself? Big Mac
  • Score: -11

3:17pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer. Torchie1
  • Score: 11

4:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Torchie1 wrote:
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists. Forest Resident
  • Score: -18

5:46pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.
Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million!
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.[/p][/quote]Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million! Torchie1
  • Score: 14

5:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Who cares
Who cares chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -2

7:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.
Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million!
The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.[/p][/quote]Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million![/p][/quote]The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple. Forest Resident
  • Score: -19

9:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.
Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million!
The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.
Perhaps the BBCs irrational bigotry against bicycles is best judged by comparing the Top Gear viewing figures with those who watch the equivalent bicycle programme. I assume by your protestations that your mode of transport is popular enough to have a dedicated programme on a mainstream channel?
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.[/p][/quote]Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million![/p][/quote]The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the BBCs irrational bigotry against bicycles is best judged by comparing the Top Gear viewing figures with those who watch the equivalent bicycle programme. I assume by your protestations that your mode of transport is popular enough to have a dedicated programme on a mainstream channel? Torchie1
  • Score: 9

9:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Peters567 says...

"The Cycle Show", ITV4.

Very popular programme and far better than Top Drear!

http://www.thecycles
how.co.uk/
"The Cycle Show", ITV4. Very popular programme and far better than Top Drear! http://www.thecycles how.co.uk/ Peters567
  • Score: -8

9:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.
Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million!
The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.
Perhaps the BBCs irrational bigotry against bicycles is best judged by comparing the Top Gear viewing figures with those who watch the equivalent bicycle programme. I assume by your protestations that your mode of transport is popular enough to have a dedicated programme on a mainstream channel?
Are you seriously suggesting that it's ok to make light of people's deaths based on a perceived notion of popularity? DfT statistics from 2010 show that 42% of the population are cyclists, I'd say that's a fair whack of the population and that the Top Gear feature remains grossly tasteless and insensitive.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.[/p][/quote]Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million![/p][/quote]The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the BBCs irrational bigotry against bicycles is best judged by comparing the Top Gear viewing figures with those who watch the equivalent bicycle programme. I assume by your protestations that your mode of transport is popular enough to have a dedicated programme on a mainstream channel?[/p][/quote]Are you seriously suggesting that it's ok to make light of people's deaths based on a perceived notion of popularity? DfT statistics from 2010 show that 42% of the population are cyclists, I'd say that's a fair whack of the population and that the Top Gear feature remains grossly tasteless and insensitive. Forest Resident
  • Score: -7

1:19am Wed 5 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.
Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.
Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million!
The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.
Perhaps the BBCs irrational bigotry against bicycles is best judged by comparing the Top Gear viewing figures with those who watch the equivalent bicycle programme. I assume by your protestations that your mode of transport is popular enough to have a dedicated programme on a mainstream channel?
Are you seriously suggesting that it's ok to make light of people's deaths based on a perceived notion of popularity? DfT statistics from 2010 show that 42% of the population are cyclists, I'd say that's a fair whack of the population and that the Top Gear feature remains grossly tasteless and insensitive.
Perhaps you should stick to watching programmes, or is that programme about bicycles and leave Top Gear to the grown ups who aren't constantly looking for ways to be offended.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: I can understand him watching repeats of the hilarious 'public safety' messages that Top Gear broadcast on Sunday. Absolutely priceless and well worth a visit to BBC iplayer.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's absolutely priceless 'entertainment' making a mockery of dead cyclists isn't it? Indeed, that piece of the show was a parody but sadly there are many idiots out there who fail to realise this and will transfer such behaviour and attitudes onto the roads, placing everyone at greater risk. You would not see Top Gear make an entertainment piece out of the recent deaths of two McLaren staff killed whilst driving, so I fail to understand why it's acceptable to do so with cyclists.[/p][/quote]Somehow the BBC thought it was funny enough to broadcast so they don't seem to think that minority groups will be offended. You are clearly one in a million![/p][/quote]The only 'one in a million' would be those lacking any empathy or concern for the safety of fellow human beings solely because of their chosen legal method of road transport, what the BBC broadcast was not entertainment, it was irrational bigotry plain and simple.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the BBCs irrational bigotry against bicycles is best judged by comparing the Top Gear viewing figures with those who watch the equivalent bicycle programme. I assume by your protestations that your mode of transport is popular enough to have a dedicated programme on a mainstream channel?[/p][/quote]Are you seriously suggesting that it's ok to make light of people's deaths based on a perceived notion of popularity? DfT statistics from 2010 show that 42% of the population are cyclists, I'd say that's a fair whack of the population and that the Top Gear feature remains grossly tasteless and insensitive.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should stick to watching programmes, or is that programme about bicycles and leave Top Gear to the grown ups who aren't constantly looking for ways to be offended. Torchie1
  • Score: 8

6:05am Wed 5 Mar 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

WORK HARDER.
BUY A CAR.
WORK HARDER. BUY A CAR. nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 7

6:07am Wed 5 Mar 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

Peters567 wrote:
"The Cycle Show", ITV4. Very popular programme and far better than Top Drear! http://www.thecycles how.co.uk/
21st gear...
[quote][p][bold]Peters567[/bold] wrote: "The Cycle Show", ITV4. Very popular programme and far better than Top Drear! http://www.thecycles how.co.uk/[/p][/quote]21st gear... nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 3

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