F1 drivers generally come in 2 categories. The playboys, and the introverts who are more likely to be spotted driving around in a company van than a supercar. Lewis Hamilton famously falls into the former category, and while we’ve always known he has quite the penchant for cars, it’s only taken us until now to recognise the full extent of the metal he has at his disposal.
Settle in, and prepare yourself to suffer through extreme amounts of jealousy.
Despite only driving for 2 teams over his illustrious career, Hamilton’s sense of brand loyalty clearly doesn’t extend to his off-track car collection. Case and point number one is the bright red LaFerrari he took delivery of last year, seen below being driven by Hamilton and Justin Bieber around Beverly Hills.
If you’re thinking something looks slightly different about this particular model compared to the other LaFerrari’s you’ve previously drooled over, the difference is in the roof – Hamilton has forgone the standard black roof in favour of a completely red finish. The result, in our opinion, is spectacular.
In a cheeky throwback to his days driving (and winning) at McLaren, Hamilton displayed his affection for his boyhood dream team by taking delivery of a royal blue P1. The 903hp twin-turbo V8-hybrid monster appears to be his runaround (a term we use very loosely here) whenever he’s at his home in Monaco, with the LaFerrari based at his home in LA. It’s a hard life for some.
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
One of the rarest and most valuable Ford cars on the road today, the 427 Cobra was famously fitted with a road going version of it’s 7.0L race engine. The huge fenders and wider mouth distinguish the 427 Cobra from the rest, making for a way meaner look that spells big bucks whenever one appears at auction. How big? A similar car recently listed is tipped to sell for around $1.5 million US.
Another feature of Hamilton’s California garage, it’s truly a flawless example of its kind.
Pagani Zonda 760 LH
In a way, Hamilton’s Zonda 760 is a 1 of 1. Sure, 13 were made, but only 1 was made with a manual transmission, something Hamilton chose especially so he could get more enjoyment whipping it on the roads surrounding Monte Carlo. In retrospect, it may have been a poor choice, as he crashed it a couple of years ago after “heavy partying and not much rest for 10 days”.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that those two things, combined with a naturally aspirated V12 and a manual gearbox, will probably result in a bad time sooner or later, but who are we to judge?
Mercedes SLS Black Series
Much like his fashion sense, whenever Hamilton does invest in a Merc to represent his affiliation with the Silver Star, he tends to take it to the extreme. Exhibit A is the SLS AMG Black he took delivery of back in 2014. A beefed-up aero package and an extra 59bhp under the hood compared with the normal SLS make this, as of yet, probably the quickest Mercedes ever to leave the factory.
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The first ever interation of the now legendary GT500 line, Hamilton’s Mustang underwent considerable customisation at Classic Restorations to take on an ‘Eleanor’-inspired aesthetic. The Candy Red Mustang is now known as the ‘GT500CR’ and is something of a legend amongst muscle-car fanatics. It’s also made entirely of genuine Shelby parts, meaning it retains its place as an authentic Shelby car on their official database.