Lewis Hamilton is legendary in the world of Formula 1 racing. With a record-breaking seven World Championships to his name, the 38-year-old British driver continues to dominate the sport.
Beyond his impressive track record, Hamilton’s fame and popularity have made him one of the most sought-after athletes in the world. With an annual salary of $50 million from his Mercedes contract and several high-profile sponsorship deals, he has no expenses spared in his garage.
When he’s not pushing the limits on the racetrack, Hamilton can often be found indulging in his passion for cars. The Brit has built up an impressive collection of vehicles, some of which are incredibly rare and only a privileged few can own.
Here is a look at some of his mouth-watering car collection from over the years.
Lewis Hamilton’s First Car – Mini Cooper – Approximately $23,400
Not much is known of Hamilton’s Mini Cooper as he uses it in his hometown to keep on the down low. During an appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, the F1 driver explained:
“When I get home, I have an old Mini Cooper, like the Mr Bean car. I go and take it back to the town where I grew up and I drive down memory lane.
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 – Approximately $2.1 million
Hamilton’s car collection features a diverse mix of vehicles, including classic cars. One classic car in particular is a beautiful 1966 Shelby Cobra, which the driver has been seen cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway in.
This classic car is expected to increase in value as time goes on and demand for Shelby Cobras continues to rise. This makes it a valuable addition to Hamilton’s car collection and a potential source of future income.
Cadillac Escalade – Approximately $76,195
Hamilton, like many other celebrities, owns a Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle is spacious and boasts an array of luxurious amenities, making it the perfect choice for a comfortable cruising experience. An added benefit for Hamilton is its widespread popularity affords the chance to maintain a low profile when necessary.
Can-Am Maverick – Approximately $8,600
Hamilton chooses this off-road buggy as his escape from city life. It packs a turbocharged inline-six engine that can rapidly accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds on uneven terrain. Despite a top speed limit of 84 mph, Hamilton is not hindered in his off-road adventures.
Mercedes Benz AMG GTR – Approximately $189,750
Hamilton’s Mercedes Benz AMG GTR is a high-performance iteration of the AMG GT. Under the hood lies a 3982 cc Petrol engine that delivers 577 bhp and 700 Nm of torque.
This machine is equipped with an automatic dual-clutch transmission and features paddle shift and sport mode options for a dynamic driving experience.
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – Approximately $150,000
Hamilton also owns a classic car that resembles one of the iconic Eleanor models from the movie “Gone In 60 Seconds”. He took his Ford Mustand Shelby GT500 to the renowned Oklahoma-based shop, Classic Recreations, for customisation, adding to its value.
It’s no doubt that Hamilton’s is in pristine condition. It’s unlikely that he’ll ever part ways with this classic gem.
Mercedes Benz Maybach S6000 – Approximately $173,000
When Hamilton desires a break from the driver’s seat, he turns to the Maybach S600 as his vehicle of choice. The opulent sedan boasts an array of comfort amenities, such as massage seats and a state-of-the-art entertainment system.
Pagani Zonda 760LH – Approximately $2.2 million
One of the most notable cars in his collection is the Pagani Zonda, a bespoke supercar specifically manufactured for the World Champion.
The car was one of five special-edition Zonda 760s created by Pagani. The initials “LH” after the model name are a nod to Hamilton, who was one of the lucky few to place an order for the exclusive vehicle. The Zonda 760 is capable of reaching 0-100km/h in just three-and-a-half seconds, thanks to its powerful engine and manual gearbox which Hamilton specifically requested.
While the car is impressive, it wasn’t without its flaws. Hamilton himself once stated that the car was terrible to drive and had poor handling, despite being the best-sounding car he owned. This sentiment was perhaps best exemplified in 2015, when Hamilton was involved in a collision in Monte Carlo that resulted in damage to his Zonda. Despite this, he continued to cherish the car and was sad to part with it in 2021 when he sold it to a collector.
3 x Ferrari LaFerrari – Approximately $1.4 million – $2.2 million
Despite driving for Mercedes in Formula 1, Hamilton has added several Ferraris to his car collection. These include the hybrid-powered Ferrari LaFerrari, the one-of-a-kind Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, and a LaFerrari Aperta.
The LaFerrari boasts a 6.3-liter engine that produces over 900 horsepower, with Hamilton reportedly spending millions to get his hands on the Aperta version.
The Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is a highly sought after vehicle, with only 80 units produced to celebrate Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary. Hamilton’s estimated spending on this beauty was in the realm of £1.7 million.
McLaren P1 – Approximately $1.15 million
Despite moving on from McLaren in 2012, Lewis Hamilton still holds a special place in his heart for the brand. In 2015, he made a statement purchase by acquiring the McLaren P1 supercar.
This high-performance machine boasts a powerful 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine combined with an electric motor, capable of producing 903 horsepower and reaching top speeds of 217 mph with a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of under 2.7 seconds.
Mercedes Benz AMG G63 6X6 – Approximately $615,000
Hamilton’s car collection showcases a wide range of vehicles, and the G63 6X6 is a testament to that. This massive 4-ton machine is the most extreme SUV ever produced by Mercedes. The G63 6X6 commands attention on the road and it’s not surprising that Hamilton added it to his collection, especially since it’s a limited edition vehicle.
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The Mercedes Project One, a hybrid hypercar, caught the eye of Lewis Hamilton and he was even involved in the development of the car, testing its prototypes.
This cutting-edge machine boasts top speeds of almost 220 mph, and only a limited number of 275 Project Ones will be manufactured. Hamilton was quick to secure not one but two of these coveted vehicles, one for himself and the other for his father.
Other notable names who have also acquired the Mercedes Project One include former F1 driver Nico Rosberg, retired racing driver David Coulthard, and actor Mark Wahlberg. With its advanced technology and sleek design, it’s easy to see why this car is attracting such a prestigious group of buyers.