JEREMY Clarkson has been forced to bid farewell to his beloved custom Bentley.
The luxe vehicle, which was kitted out with heavy duty enhancements to tackle Madagascar’s roughest roads, was driven by Clarkson in the latest special episode A Massive Hunt.
The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt dropped on Amazon Prime earlier this monthCredit: AMAZON PRIME
The trio each chose different motors to navigate the tropical landscapes and Clarkson admitted that the process saw him bond with his green powerhouse of a car.
In fact, he enjoyed driving it so much that he decided to have it shipped back to his home in the UK to keep.
Unfortunatelty it wasn’t meant to be – as he was subsequently told he had to scrap the Bentley because of its custom build.
“I fell so deeply in love with that car that I decided I’d bring it back to the farm,” Jeremy explained.
Clarkson drove a custom Bentley Continental across the Madagascan landscapes
The presenters all chose dramatically different vehicles
“It took a while but, eventually, the Bentley arrived back in Britain, and I was very happy
“But then came word from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency – the Bentley had started in life as a development mule and the rules say these must be destroyed to ensure they don’t ever seep onto the market.”
The news will no doubt leave motoring enthusiasts cringing given the staggering value of Bentleys, which costs hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Clarkson’s comments come after he revealed the staggeringly low amount of money he made when Top Gear launched on the BBC.
Clarkson wasn’t allowed to keep the car on his farm
The motor was certainly put through its paces
He claimed that the show was at “the bottom of the BBC ladder” and he raked in a meagre sum annually as a host.
He told the Andy Jaye Podcast: “For the first five years I was on Top Gear the most I earned was £180 in a year.
“People say BBC people are overpaid – we weren’t then.
“We got paid nothing, that’s for sure. While crews and producers would fly to locations I’d be expected to drive the car to the likes of Europe, we were seen very much as the bottom rung of the ladder, the worst paid on the set and so on.
Jeremy Clarkson previously hosted Top Gear on the BBC
The DVLA ruled that the vehicle had to be destroyed
“But it put us in front of seven million people a week which does put you on the radar.”
By the end of his stint at the Beeb Clarkson is estimated to have been paid £1million a series.
The Grand Tour is available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime.