BBC star splashes £230,000 on Hunt's F1 car

James Hunt Hesketh

The BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has added another piece of motor racing history to his private collection.

The 48-year-old spent £230,000 to purchase the Hesketh 308 with which James Hunt made his name in grand prix racing. The car - designed by Harvey Postlethwaite and powered by a Cosworth DFV engine - was first used during the 1974 season, while a developed B-spec version carried Hunt to his maiden victory at Zandvoort in '75.

However the DJ will not be feeling the pinch after purchasing the car, having sold his own Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet for £3.8 million at the same Monaco auction.

Hunt’s son Freddie and the team's patron, Alexander Hesketh, were both in attendance.

“I am delighted to say that it was bought by none other than Chris Evans who then very kindly asked me if I would like to drive it," 26-year-old Hunt told the Evening Standard.

"After many years of wanting to drive one of dad’s cars with enough time to get the tyres warm and get to know the car — not just on a three-lap demo — it finally looks like it might happen! I’m a very happy man.”

Hunt's machine was not the only piece of grand prix history on sale: the Brabham-Repco BT20 in which Denny Hulme won the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, on his way to the world title, changed hands for £888,900.