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James May explains why he’s sold his gorgeous Ferrari 308

Published: 28/Sep/2020 10:54

by Kieran Bicknell

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The Grand Tour host and television icon James May is well-known for his diverse car collection. It seems that May is moving with the times though, as he has put his gorgeous Ferrari 308 GTB up for sale. 

May is not one to shy away from new technology, in fact, he embraces it with open arms. He has previously been vocal about his love for the quirky BMW I3, and also owns a Tesla Model S as a daily driver.

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He has always been one for the classics too, but he is now downsizing his collection, having put his Ferrari 308 up for sale. Saying that it is “gone for good,” James reveals his reasons for selling in DRIVETRIBE’s September 27 video.

James May sells Ferrari 308
YouTube: DRIVETRIBE
May says that his 308 was “old tech” and “out of step” so chose to sell it.

“I liked looking at it… I just didn’t drive it!”

In typical James style, he said the Ferrari has “fallen out of step with the spirit of the age” and felt it was time to replace it. Not only is it “old tech,” but there was also the small matter that he didn’t drive it – which is quite an issue for an old car such as the 308 GTB.

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That’s not to say all love was gone, however. May described the 308 as “one of the prettiest Ferraris ever made… I liked looking at it, I just didn’t drive it!”

Confirming he still has a love for the Italian Ferrari brand, he clarifies that “of course I’m talking about the 308, I haven’t sold the (458) Speciale… that would be an absurd thing to do!” Despite selling off one Ferrari, it seems that there will be a Ferrari in May’s garage for the time being.

Taking a loss

He also reveals that he will be selling the Ferrari at a considerable loss. May explains that classic car prices have dropped a lot in the last year, meaning even a car with celebrity connections such as his hasn’t escaped depreciation.

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May also admits that buying the Ferrari was somewhat of a ‘bucket list’ experience for him: “Buying the 308 was like exorcising a demon from my youth… but I’ve done it now, the ghost is gone.”

He added: “It’s an old car… and I don’t really like old cars, though everyone thinks I must,” as he also reveals that with the 308 gone, there are no classic cars left in his fleet.

It remains to be seen if the 308 GTB will be replaced. Judging by the way May speaks of old cars, it is likely to be replaced by an EV of some sort – such is progress, after all.

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
YouTube: Top Gear
Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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