What happened after Top Gear left Australia?

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Last Sunday’s Australian Top Gear special left us in awe. The sight of three expensive GT cars being hurled across the Australian landscape – from washboard dirt roads, through a quarry and then finally to one of the countries biggest farms – was simply amazing. The only thing more astonishing was the fact that they were all still working perfectly by the end. But what did they actually look like close up?

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Photos have emerged of Richard Hammond’s Bentley Continental GT, spotted in the garage of a Brisbane automotive workshop. The Bentley’s bright yellow paintwork suffered from extensive stone chipping as a result of all the high-speed driving Top Gear undertook on rough Northern Territory roads. Apparently there was also significant under-body damage, most likely from the off-road driving performed on the farm for the cattle herding segment.

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The end result? All of the Bentley’s damaged parts will be replaced, before the vehicle undergoes a complete body respray. It has also been suggested that it may have lost more than 50% of its original value. The Bentley easily looked to be in better condition when compared to Jeremy’s BMW M6 and James’ Nissan GT-R – so we’d hate to think what their repair bills might be.

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The lesson here is even though the three cars “survived” the Australian outback, the condition in which they returned was a completely different story all together.

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This post originally appeared on The Supercar Kids.
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  1. Predictable. The body and underbelly were a given. The same thing happened with the “budget” convertibles in Spain on the airport runway. Though I doubt the Bentley would go down in value, because, yes, it was damaged, but it was also a Top Gear ‘prop’ so that might add some value back.

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