Episode 7 Top Gear USA


Episode 7

Rutledge and Adam race the new Honda CRZ against extreme mountain bikers through the streets of San Francisco. Then, along with Tanner, they become used car salesman.


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-'Now on Top Gear, can we learn to sell used cars?'

-Test drive a car and you get a free pony ride.

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'Can a car be sporty and economical?'

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Oh, what happened to saving the planet? TYRES SCREECH

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'And Tim Allen rips up our track.'

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Welcome to Top Gear. On this show, nobody will find true love, nobody will find their real father,

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but if you like cars, this is where you belong.

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I'm Adam Ferrara, that's Tanner Foust and this is Rutledge Wood.

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And this is a Honda CRX. Back in the 80s, they made three versions of this.

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The HF, which got incredible mileage, over 50 miles to the gallon.

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The DX, which is what I bought when I was 17.

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And the car that I really wanted, which was the sports version, the SI.

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Honda's got a new coupe that they think combines all three,

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affordability, sportiness and fuel economy, into one single model.

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'San Francisco, famous for its bridges, outdated modes of transport,

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'Crayola stores, and home to some of the steepest city streets in the world.

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'The perfect place to test Honda's new compact.'

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This is the 2011 Honda CRZ.

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The letters stand for compact renaissance zero,

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which is a new-age way of saying, "We've been down this road before in the 80s."

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So is this the new CRX?

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'Now, the Honda CRZ looks great. It's a foot longer and four inches taller than the CRX

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'but it does maintain the same basic wedge shape.

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'It's got a racy front end, a low centre of gravity,

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'it's got a stick shift so you know it's a serious driver's car.

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'And the price? Well, it starts at just a little over 19,000.

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'The interior has that arty hipster feel in a mass-produced Honda kind of way.

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'Lots of shiny buttons and electronics.

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'There's just two seats, and behind them is a weird space

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'with a sign on it that says, "If you sit here, you'll die."

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'But here's the most surprising thing about the car. It's a hybrid.

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'No, seriously, it is.

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'Honda has set out to break the mould of boring, hemp shirt wearing, hydroponic plant growing hybrids

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'with this sporty-looking ride.'

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Every time you see a Prius on the road or an Insight, you think nerd-mobile.

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'Well, in this car, it doesn't look like a hybrid. I mean, it looks like a fun little car.

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'So, how fast does the CRZ hit 60?'

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26 miles an hour in first gear.

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Now 36. Boy it's a rocket ship.

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49, 50.

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50. 50. I'm bored.

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'This is a cruel joke. A car that looks this good shouldn't be so slow.

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'It's like being locked in a room with Eva Longoria

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'but all you're allowed to do is watch her play sudoku.

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'But it is a two-seater, so you must be getting, like, 1,000 miles per gallon, right?

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'I think you'll be surprised.'

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If you want to save the world, you should probably just buy one of these,

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cos a Prius will get 50 miles a gallon.

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This CRZ will get 37. But...

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Can the Prius do that?

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'Finally, I found the key to the CRZ's chastity belt.' How you doing? It's a hybrid.

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'What Honda has done is given us three different driving modes that will dramatically change

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'the way the car drives, unlike the buttons in the Prius and Insight.

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'At the flick of a switch, it's like you're back in the CRX SI.

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'In fact, you can reach 60 miles an hour in just eight seconds.'

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Can you feel that? That's the electric motor kicking in, giving you 56 extra foot pounds of torque.

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'So it seems like the perfect car for someone who wants pretty good gas mileage

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'but isn't quite ready to give up on life.

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'But we needed a challenge.'

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To see if it can stand up to the rigours of city life,

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we're going to run it against something even greener. Bicycles.

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'But not just any bicycles. Nope. We'll be racing two pro free-ride mountain bikers

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'who know San Francisco like the back of their hand.

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'I'll be racing them to settle the question, "Has Honda succeeded in making a hybrid sporty?"

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But since I don't know my way around town,

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the producers have been gracious enough to give me a navigator.

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-Hiya, pal.

-Hey. Of course, a guy from New York helping me around San Francisco.

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Look at this. How hard could it be? It's a grid. It's a foggy grid. We got this.

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'The race would cover 13 miles.

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'From the starting line here at Twin Peaks,

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'we would wind downhill through the streets of San Francisco into the Warehouse District,

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'up and down the hilliest part of the city

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'and then along the waterfront to Fort Point at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.'

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-You ready, paperboys?

-We're good.

-Go!

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That's cute. Keep pedalling! You're going the wrong way!

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-Whoa!

-Adam, get in the car!

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'It was clear that the paperboys were going to play dirty.

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'They took the early lead.

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'But we had 13 miles and San Francisco's steep hills to reel them back in.'

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What are the chances we can lose to two guys on bikes? We're in a car.

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-Yeah, but we're in a hybrid.

-This is a sporty hybrid.

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-It's got a six-speed.

-A hybrid with six-speed? It's like putting a spoiler on a golf cart.

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'A mile in and we still hadn't caught up with the bikers.

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'I didn't know whether to blame the car or Mrs Doubtfire's driving.'

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-No, there's shift points.

-You're killing me.

-There's shift points.

-I don't care. Push sport and go!

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All right.

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Bikes are in the park. Come on, let's go.

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'Finally, we got them in our sights.

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'Now it was time to see what the CRZ was made of.'

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-Where are they?

-There they are.

-Holy crap!

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Get in the bike lane! Does this go any faster?

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Oh! What happened to saving the planet?

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'We had taken the lead. But in the excitement, Adam's map-reading went south.'

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Uh-oh. All right, we're at Castro.

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-Two guys in a two-seater hybrid. We should blend in just fine.

-Mm.

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It clearly is a colourful part of town.

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-Long live the rainbow. Looks just like your dash.

-It changes colour for different moods.

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-You have a mood dash?

-Yeah! Like, if you're in economy, it's green, like now.

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Give it a little gas, it turns to blue.

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-And then if you really step on it, red.

-All right. I want to see nothing but red. Come on, let's go.

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'Adam's diversion had set us back

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'and the bikers were racing ahead.

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'But I was still confident. Perhaps too confident.'

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You want to run them? It's a hybrid. I know you're in an M3.

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-I'm going.

-TYRES SCREECH

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-See, look at that smile on your face.

-You got a little bit.

-You ever smiled in a Prius? No.

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-You ever smiled in an Insight?

-Nope.

-No way.

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'Five miles in, we hit the warehouse district.

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'And there they were.'

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They're right there! Go, go, go!

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'Since they seemed to know where they were going better than Adam, I decided to follow them.'

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-Oh, crap!

-You're not going to make it!

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'Bad idea.'

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'We were halfway into the race and the paperboys had the edge.'

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-Can you see them?

-Yeah, they're around.

-Keep your eyes peeled.

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'The bikes might be able to hop, skip and jump their way through every shortcut,

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'but there was one thing they wouldn't be able to trick their way out of.

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-'The hills.'

-Wow!

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-They're never going to make this.

-Holy moly.

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-Oh, that's them.

-Get it red. Get it red!

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Bye, fellas.

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'The race was ours cos they just had legs

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'and we had sport mode.'

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Oh, man, it's like Six Flags! Hold on! Your wheel, dude. Your wheel.

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'The hills turned out to be fun and we were back in the lead.

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'But Rutledge was easily distracted.'

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-Look at that.

-What?

-The car shut off.

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Foot's on the brake, I put it in neutral, we're at traffic lights, car shuts off.

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-So we're saving gas.

-Yes. So maybe that is kind of cool.

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-And it starts up when to step on the clutch?

-Yes.

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'Downhill, the 12-year-olds had the advantage.'

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'Uphill, we had the edge. Or we would have

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'if Rutledge didn't stop every time he found something he liked about the car.'

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Check this out. It's got hill assist.

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Watch this. Take my foot off the brake, the car doesn't slide. Then we go.

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'I was loving the CRZ. It was the perfect car for a city like San Francisco.

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'And I mean that in a good way. We were attacking hills, spinning tyres,

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'whilst still getting around 30 miles per gallon.

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'This was a race and I was going to win it in a hybrid.'

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-I'm sure.

-Where?

-Right here, right in front of you.

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-Hey, Adam...

-OK, OK.

-..the shortest distance between two points...

-Is a straight line.

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-Not this!

-You're really not helping.

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-Oh, they're behind us!

-Well, don't let them get in front of us.

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They're hitting the car!

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They went down the stairs!

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Man!

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'The bikes were just ahead of us, but we were leaving the hills.

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'And the finish line at Fort Point was only a mile and a half away.'

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-Look, look! Bridge in fog.

-Yep, there it is.

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'Our confidence was at an all-time high.' We're going 35. There's no way they can go that fast.

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-Look at that wind!

-Wow! Look at the kites!

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There.

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Take the hill. Let's go, let's go, let's go.

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-I don't see them.

-Come on!

-Come on, come on.

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Don't look to the right.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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You guys got absolutely beat down by the BMX Bandits.

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-Yeah.

-First off, they are mountain bikers and they are some of the best in the world.

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Second, it was in San Francisco. They need to rename it "The City Of Stop Signs." Ridiculous.

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The car did everything it was supposed to do. There's nothing wrong with it.

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It's everything great that the original CRX was.

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It's got the HF, that's the econ for the good mileage.

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The normal, which was like the DX. And then the sport, which was the SI. This is a hybrid was attitude.

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-Like RuPaul.

-LAUGHTER

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The CRX was just better at all that stuff.

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The HF got 50 miles to the gallon instead of 37.

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And on the other side, the SI was actually, like, a quick car that you wanted to have.

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-This I don't think has any of that.

-Well, you're getting all three of those cars for one low price.

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-And they all suck.

-LAUGHTER

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Did you know that in the US, the used car business is a third of a trillion dollar business every single year?

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Now that is a lot of cash, and it gave our producers an idea.

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Could they turn us into used car salesmen to get a piece of that action?

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To find out, we took £3,000 of our own money and bought a used car

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which we would then try to sell at a profit.

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Whoever made the most money was the winner. Simple. Or so we thought.

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'Glendale, California

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'may not be what you would call a classically beautiful part of America.

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'But they've got the boulevard of cars.

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'60 dealerships in just ten blocks.

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'That's more toothy smiles per mile than the Great Barrier Reef.

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'It would be the perfect place for us to learn the used car trade and make some cash.

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'This is Bobby. He's a used car salesman.

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'He was also naive enough, I mean, kind enough

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'to let us use his lot as our base.

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'This was going to be easy!'

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So I'm in a competition to sell more used cars than Adam and Tanner

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and I've got tons of variety here and let me tell you why I'm going to win.

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Because I've been flipping cars my entire life.

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Ever since I could drive, it was, "How much can I pay for that and how much can I sell it for?"

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But selling used cars is all about knowing your market.

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So let's pick this car. This is a Mazda3.

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It's a good car, it's sporty, economical. So who would I sell that to?

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Well, it's not a huge car, so I would say someone under six feet tall with short children.

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The United States. Germany.

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Japan. It's Epcot Centre!

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The BMW 3 Series - for girls with wealthy parents.

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If you're the kind of person who's confused about everything in your life,

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I've got the answer for you. Dodge Caliber.

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If you're having a mid-life crisis on a budget, this is your car.

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You know, if Elvis had lived, he'd drive a CTS.

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You want incognito? I have it. The Chevy Malibu.

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Looks like a rent-a-car. You know why? It was!

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If you're a middle-aged man with an over-controlling wife,

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2005 Mini Cooper, reduced, best price, under 40,000 miles.

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Look at that price. 6,999. And that's just one year in maintenance.

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-HORN TOOTS

-Hey! We're selling everything.

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'We sat down with Bobby, who gave us some of his trade secrets.'

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-This is a right-now business.

-Yeah.

-Cos once they leave here, there's at least about 100 dealerships.

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Your odds of getting them back are not very good.

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So once you find out their needs and wants, then you just focus on those.

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When you go in the back, "Let me talk to my manager," there's nobody there, right?

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-No, there's somebody there.

-Bobby!

-It's usually the next room...

-Bobby!

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-There's someone there.

-You don't go to the bathroom, come back, "Sorry, nothing I can do"?

-Sometimes.

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When I look at you, I notice two things. The pen and the Bluetooth.

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Will those make me appear important?

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Cos to me, it says, "This guys sells cars".

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The pen is just a writing utensil.

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Does promotion work? Like a promotion... Free hotdogs, let's say.

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That seems to bring people in all the time. Action creates action, you know?

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-Action creates action.

-Mm-hm.

-Action creation action.

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-What's some other lingo we need to know?

-There is an ass for every seat.

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There's an ass for every seat.

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-That's what you should...

-Or a lot of ass for one seat.

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'First things first, we needed cars to sell.

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'However, Bobby's were way too expensive for us.'

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'But he told us that there was a car auction going on where we could find some real gems.

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'It wasn't quite what we were expecting.

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'Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this was not.'

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Ladies and gentlemen, the auction is cash only.

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You must come and pay in full for your vehicles by 2pm.

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'It turned out that most of these cars had been involved in crimes.

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'The good news was, the cars started at 350.

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'The bad news was that none of them were very good.

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'So we needed to save some cash to fix them up and to market them,

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'or at least find a way of distracting potential buyers.'

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An old Prelude. Has keys, will run.

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Automatic.

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High school graduation ribbons on the dash, that's so sad.

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Ooh. Now, see, this one's got an added bonus.

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There's two baby seats in the back.

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I like the Pontiac. It's clean. Look at the interior.

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Nice and clean, no cigarettes, no cigarette burns, no bullet holes.

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Wow. They haven't even taken the CDs out of this thing.

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That's about all it's worth, though, is the ABBA CD in the back seat.

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The Lexus I like, the Pontiac I like. But they all go late.

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-I've got to find something.

-They always put the better ones late.

-I need something early.

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Now we're talking.

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914. So this replaced the 356, you know, as the Porsche.

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Wasn't the most popular car. Looks like maybe it burned a little bit, but...

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Wow. This is rough.

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-Are you really looking for a car?

-Yeah.

-No kidding?

-Yeah, I got to find one.

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-Something like this, what would you pay for it?

-No more than a grand.

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-So if you paid 1,000 bucks for this, cleaned it up, what would you sell it for?

-About 15.

-OK.

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The nice thing about it, though, is it's simple. Porsches are simple.

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It's just got a little four-cylinder in there, not a lot of electronics, nothing to go wrong.

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This thing could be a runner.

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I also like this Acura. The body looks clean.

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The interior... The front seat's clean.

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I can't see how many miles on it, but it does run.

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I think this is the car that I want.

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But...

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..too many people are looking at this car right now. I need it to spit some flame or some smoke or something.

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Make some gestures like that, like it's bad. Like this.

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Er, I think a couple of people saw that.

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All right, I'm going for the Lexus. I tried to throw everyone off the trail.

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I know it's the last one, and that's risky,

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but it's the nicest car here, and I need a nice car to sell.

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Ladies and gentlemen, here we go...

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'The auction was just beginning. It was going to be a while before our cars were up.'

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Sold. 620 going twice. Last chance. Sold.

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400, going twice.

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-'Finally it was time for my car to be auctioned off.'

-Porsche 914.

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'I had hoped I'd convince other interested people that it was a dog.

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'We only had three grand each and I needed most of that to fix up my car and market it.

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'Early signs were bad.

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'Clearly my plan hadn't worked.'

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1,550.

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16. 16.

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1,650. 1,650. 17.

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-17. 1,750.

-These guys are just going freaking crazy on it.

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1,800. Going to go once.

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1,800 going twice. Last chance.

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1,850. 1,850 going to go once.

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1,850 going twice. Sold.

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-1,850.

-Yeah.

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1,850, are you kidding me?

0:19:510:19:54

-How did it go? I didn't see.

-Er, I bought it.

-At?

-Great!

0:19:540:19:58

-1,850.

-American?

-Yeah, not Canadian.

-Wow! That's a lot of money. Who was doing all the bidding?

0:19:580:20:05

-I don't know. It was like a dance party around the thing.

-We were behind you.

0:20:050:20:09

-It was hard for the guy to see our bids.

-Cos I was up at 1,600.

-You were bidding?

0:20:090:20:13

-It's a great car!

-That was you, you bastards!

0:20:130:20:15

'The Acura was up next.'

0:20:150:20:17

1987 Acura Legend.

0:20:170:20:19

White in colour. Brought in for unlicensed driving.

0:20:190:20:23

I have a 400 opening bid.

0:20:230:20:25

410. Looking for 420. 420. 430. 440.

0:20:250:20:28

-440. 450. 460. 470. 480. 490.

-'Things were looking good.

0:20:280:20:32

'My 1987 Acura Legend managed to slip under everyone's radar.'

0:20:320:20:37

870 going twice. Last chance. Sold, 870.

0:20:370:20:41

'Adam and I both had cars, but Rutledge had put all of his eggs

0:20:410:20:45

'in an 18-year-old Lexus basket. It was the last lot sale of the day.'

0:20:450:20:49

Lot number 51, 1992 Lexus LS400.

0:20:490:20:52

'He has to get the car at any cost to stay in the competition.'

0:20:520:20:56

450. 5. 550.

0:20:560:20:59

-6. 650.

-'Unfortunately for him,

0:20:590:21:03

'he wasn't the only one who was interested in driving around in an outdated Japanese Mercedes.'

0:21:030:21:09

-950.

-'As the price continued to rise, I was there to provide support.'

0:21:090:21:14

You have to get this car! You have to get this!

0:21:140:21:17

-2,350.

-That's it. Go!

-That's too much.

0:21:170:21:22

2,350 going once. 2,350 going twice. Last chance. Sold. 2,350.

0:21:220:21:27

-Ooh!

-'Finally, we had our cars.

0:21:270:21:31

'Rutledge had blown through almost all his money.

0:21:310:21:35

'Tanner spent 1,850 on his toy sports car.

0:21:350:21:38

'And me, I only spent 870,

0:21:380:21:41

'which meant I had 1,230 to fix it up and promote it.'

0:21:410:21:46

I'll be honest, I've never been a Lexus owner before, and it feels good. I feel fancy.

0:21:460:21:51

You shouldn't be an owner for too long. You have to sell it.

0:21:510:21:54

I think the important thing to do now is get the hell out of this neighbourhood.

0:21:540:21:58

'The auction rules dictated that we couldn't drive our cars before we bought them.'

0:21:580:22:03

'So the 15-mile drive to the lot was the first chance we had

0:22:030:22:07

'to get to know our investments better.'

0:22:070:22:09

Wow.

0:22:130:22:16

This is sketchy.

0:22:160:22:18

I can't find first gear or reverse.

0:22:180:22:21

I'm telling you right now, I cannot believe we're going to get on the freaking highway.

0:22:210:22:25

The air conditioning works! Shift's pretty smooth.

0:22:250:22:29

Ride's pretty nice. It's comfortable.

0:22:290:22:32

I'm going to make a fortune.

0:22:320:22:34

'At £870, my car seemed a steal.

0:22:340:22:38

'And there were a few unexpected extras thrown in.'

0:22:380:22:41

She smoked.

0:22:410:22:43

She smoked pot.

0:22:460:22:49

-Oh, yeah.

-HE LAUGHS

0:22:490:22:52

'Over in the Lexus, the extra £1,500 Rutledge spent on his granddad car

0:22:530:22:58

'made the drive a little less eventful.'

0:22:580:23:01

It feels great! They put a lot of effort into this car.

0:23:010:23:05

They started working on the idea of the LS in 1983.

0:23:050:23:09

The project took five years and I think it cost just over a billion dollars.

0:23:090:23:14

That's a lot of engineering just to make sure the car did well on the American market.

0:23:140:23:18

Come on, baby. Up to speed we go.

0:23:200:23:23

This is so dangerous. A giant freaking gas rig almost running over me.

0:23:270:23:32

You know, you never realise how big the other cars are out on the road

0:23:320:23:36

till you're driving a small one. Good lord, we are going to die.

0:23:360:23:41

No, no, stay there, Mr Motorcycle Cop, stay there.

0:23:410:23:46

Why you got to get out now?

0:23:460:23:48

There's a joint in the ashtray and it's not mine.

0:23:480:23:51

I swear to God, officer.

0:23:510:23:54

-Thank you.

-There are a lot of great things about this car, don't get me wrong.

0:23:590:24:04

It's known to be one of the better handling 70s sports cars out there.

0:24:040:24:09

Part of it is the mid engine. The engine is packed right in here.

0:24:090:24:13

It's a boxer engine, so it sits really low,

0:24:130:24:15

it's really small and flat and lightweight.

0:24:150:24:18

And the car only weighs 2,100 pounds completely wet.

0:24:180:24:22

Performance-wise, it's really not bad.

0:24:220:24:26

Take away the fact that it doesn't have a transmission or first gear or reverse...

0:24:260:24:31

..and you've got a car that you might be able to sell.

0:24:330:24:37

'We made it back to the car dealership where we had the night to make our cars more saleable.'

0:24:380:24:43

'Sales day had arrived and now it was time to sit down with Bobby, our professional car salesman,

0:24:440:24:50

'and lay out our marketing plans.'

0:24:500:24:52

-It is a sedan, it's a family car.

-Mm-hm.

0:24:520:24:55

I thought, "OK, I've got to reach everybody" so I'm going to have a barbecue.

0:24:550:24:59

-Everybody loves barbecue and it always gets everyone's attention.

-Second, free pony rides.

0:24:590:25:05

-Nothing wrong with that, either.

-Are the guys on lot going to clean up the poop?

-Yeah, probably not.

0:25:050:25:10

-What if I give them barbecue?

-They might actually do it for that.

0:25:100:25:14

I was thinking about bringing some models out. What do you think about that?

0:25:140:25:20

I think it's a good idea. It'll get a whole bunch of guys on the lot.

0:25:200:25:25

By the same token, you may piss off a whole bunch of women.

0:25:250:25:28

But as long as you accomplish what you want to accomplish, that's all that matters, right?

0:25:280:25:32

-Which is...

-To sell the car.

-Yeah. With the models around, I might forget that.

0:25:320:25:39

-So I want a big advertising, marketing strategy.

-OK.

0:25:390:25:44

-I want to get the guys that spin the signs.

-Yeah, a sign spinner could work.

-And an airplane.

0:25:440:25:49

Kind of a big airplane pulling a banner.

0:25:490:25:52

So what if they get something they could do everyday, like a reward for buying a car.

0:25:530:25:58

You know, like, "Buy a car...something."

0:25:580:26:01

Just to get them in. And then I'll steer them to the Acura.

0:26:010:26:04

-That could definitely work. Good luck.

-I appreciate.

0:26:040:26:07

'Time to sell some cars.'

0:26:070:26:10

Gentlemen, I am, er, completely perplexed by what you are wearing,

0:26:100:26:15

but this is what a car salesman wears if he wants to sell cars.

0:26:150:26:18

You're like a salesman, only smaller.

0:26:180:26:20

-Thank... OK.

-Like a shoe salesman.

0:26:200:26:23

Thank you. I just got these shoes, actually.

0:26:230:26:25

-You remember that sad little white 914 that had potential on its own?

-Yes.

0:26:250:26:30

Well, feast your eyes...on this.

0:26:300:26:33

-It's a sad orange 914.

-No, this is excitement with some wheels on it.

0:26:330:26:39

What did you do besides paint it a ridiculous orange?

0:26:390:26:42

It's painted in a factory orange colour that did come in the '74 914.

0:26:420:26:46

It's got a new steering wheel and a new shift knob.

0:26:460:26:48

-That's all you did?

-That's all I had to do. It is just a cherry.

0:26:480:26:52

-Why is it pointed that way?

-For convenience.

0:26:520:26:55

-Really?

-Yeah.

-That seems weird. We just backed our cars on.

0:26:550:27:00

-Why wouldn't you want to show people the front?

-It doesn't have reverse.

-What?

-It doesn't have reverse.

0:27:000:27:06

-It has no reverse?

-Yeah.

-You're going to sell a car with no reverse?

-At least it's orange.

0:27:060:27:11

-I can coast it down the ramp. I figure we're fine.

-That's your plan?

0:27:110:27:15

All right, peace, Gandhi, what do you have under your cover?

0:27:150:27:18

-Are those wood shoes?

-Yes, they are, my friend. It's part of the overall genius of my marketing concept

0:27:180:27:24

that will sell this car.

0:27:240:27:27

-Behold!

-BELLS JINGLE

0:27:270:27:30

Huh?

0:27:300:27:33

-It's green and bells.

-It's green and bells. This is it! Serenity, my friend! Stress-free motors.

0:27:330:27:39

All I had to do was paint it green, the colour of the Heart Chakra, clean out the inside,

0:27:390:27:44

take the tampons out of the glove compartment, get rid of the drugs in the ashtray and we're ready to go.

0:27:440:27:49

-I'll sell this thing like that.

-I hate to tell you guys I trumped you,

0:27:490:27:53

but we know I bought the nicest car at the auction. We know that much.

0:27:530:27:57

-Well, you know it.

-The most expensive car.

-But wait till you see...the stealth Lexus!

0:27:570:28:04

-It's flat black!

-You ruined it!

-It's like the stealth bomber.

0:28:040:28:08

You're the only one of us that bought a decent car to begin with and you trashed it.

0:28:080:28:12

-What are you talking about? I threw a great set of wheels on there.

-He spray-painted it!

0:28:120:28:17

-Tinted the front turntables, the tail lights.

-There's hair in the paint, Rutledge.

0:28:170:28:21

-I spent a little bit more...

-It's not his.

0:28:210:28:23

..on the car than I should have, so I didn't have money for a paint job, so I had to rattle-can it.

0:28:230:28:28

-What exactly is your market for this thing?

-I'm going after the family.

0:28:280:28:33

I don't want to give it away, but let's just say it's free

0:28:330:28:37

and it has four legs.

0:28:370:28:39

-It's 9am. You know what that means.

-Car time, baby.

-Doors are open, time to sell.

0:28:390:28:45

'And time to put our marketing plans into action.'

0:28:450:28:48

Stress-free motors, it's supposed to be effortless, so spin the sign effortlessly.

0:28:480:28:52

Big smile! That's it!

0:28:520:28:56

Free pony rides!

0:28:560:28:58

Test drive a car and you get a free pony ride.

0:28:580:29:02

Does that say, "Buy a car, punch a clown"?

0:29:020:29:05

Yes. It's brilliant. Think about it. People will read that and go, "What's that all about?"

0:29:050:29:10

'And Tara was working the barbecue grill.'

0:29:100:29:13

'My marketing plan was a bit more obvious.

0:29:140:29:17

'But got results.'

0:29:170:29:19

OK, I'll bring Tanner in for you right now.

0:29:190:29:22

'And got me my first customer of the day.'

0:29:220:29:25

I'm Tanner, by the way. So this is it.

0:29:250:29:27

The keys are in it. Let me just grab something out of the showroom and climb on in.

0:29:270:29:33

Ooh, that was frightening.

0:29:530:29:55

And now it's time to put a big star in our small car.

0:29:570:30:01

Our guest tonight, whether he's making a blockbuster film or a hit TV show,

0:30:010:30:06

the first question he asks is, "What kind of car am I going to get to drive?"

0:30:060:30:10

And now he's here on Top Gear. Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Allen.

0:30:100:30:13

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:30:130:30:17

-Oh. Ahh.

-First off, welcome.

0:30:220:30:26

-Thanks.

-You are car guy royalty.

0:30:260:30:29

-This is huge to have you here. We're excited.

-I'm delighted to be here.

0:30:290:30:32

-I get to drive cars all morning!

-Yeah, what a good gig!

-Great gig!

0:30:320:30:35

A lot of people associate you with hot rods because of Home Improvement.

0:30:350:30:39

-On the show...

-Well, they're fools!

0:30:390:30:42

-They're liars!

-Well, on the show, you guys built the '33 Ford Roadster.

-This is true.

0:30:420:30:48

-A '46 Ford convertible?

-Ohh!

0:30:480:30:51

-And then your wife Jill on the show, you crushed her Nomad.

-I didn't.

0:30:510:30:54

We got more letters over that... We had 50,000 letters and guys calling,

0:30:540:30:59

-"That's

-BLEEP.

-We're going to kill you. We're going to hunt you down..."

-For a Nomad.

0:30:590:31:05

-I go, "Number one, fools, I'm not an idiot. I own that car."

-Right.

0:31:050:31:09

It was a Bel Air that we went to a junk yard and painted to look like it.

0:31:090:31:12

We're not going to smash a Nomad.

0:31:120:31:15

I gave that with a signature, by the way, with Leno, to the firemen after 9/11. We auctioned that off.

0:31:150:31:21

-How cool.

-APPLAUSE

0:31:210:31:24

Growing up in Detroit, what did Woodward Avenue represent to you guys?

0:31:240:31:29

Well, it's a mile... If you haven't been to Woodward Avenue,

0:31:290:31:32

they have the Woodward Cruise every year, I'd go if you like cars.

0:31:320:31:36

It's a straight road from Detroit to Pontiac, Michigan,

0:31:360:31:39

literally, every mile there's a light.

0:31:390:31:41

It's a drag strip and 60 Minutes did a story on it,

0:31:410:31:46

but before that story, it was the best drag strip in the country cos it's literal, real racing

0:31:460:31:51

and the better racers are the guys who can power-shift, no clutch.

0:31:510:31:55

That was the best time to grow up, because all of our dads worked at the car companies.

0:31:550:32:00

They'd go, "What's winning out there?" "Man, that 383 Mopar is killing everybody."

0:32:000:32:05

"Yeah? Well, we got something at Chevy. Try this new 427."

0:32:050:32:08

They were pumping out hot rods and letting us drive them. It was wonderful.

0:32:080:32:12

396 Porcupine Head Chevelle, that was the one that was...

0:32:120:32:15

That killed everybody. And then 455 Goat, eventually that became the king.

0:32:150:32:20

And 383 Roadrunner, a guy had a 383 that was the fastest damn car.

0:32:200:32:25

Now, you've had a lot of people build cars for you.

0:32:250:32:28

Right now, you're building a '55 Ford Customline.

0:32:280:32:31

-It's on its way to being gorgeous.

-On its way. It looks a little geeky and homely there.

0:32:310:32:36

I'm going to put a jet black paint job on it and it's got Thunderbird parts,

0:32:360:32:41

a GT40 motor, a custom race chassis.

0:32:410:32:44

It's going to be a little lighter than the current GT40 with more horsepower.

0:32:440:32:48

And it's going to get great gas mileage. Not!

0:32:480:32:51

-LAUGHTER

-I feel terrible. Every time I bring this up,

0:32:510:32:54

I have an older daughter, she says, "Jeez, Dad, you have anything that gets over 11 miles per gallon?"

0:32:540:33:00

I went, "Er..." I have an 1180 horsepower HEMI

0:33:000:33:05

that I got in a '56 Ford pickup. It gets 0.9 miles per gallon.

0:33:050:33:09

-LAUGHTER

-0.9!

0:33:090:33:12

I have a shop in Burbank, the gas station is a mile away.

0:33:120:33:16

-I can't even get it to the gas station.

-LAUGHTER

0:33:160:33:19

-So how did the Suzuki compare?

-Oh, I don't know.

0:33:190:33:22

I don't want to offend Suzuki cos they make great bikes and I'm sure they worked hard

0:33:220:33:26

and this car is an affordable thing, but it was embarrassing to drive up and see what I was going to drive.

0:33:260:33:31

-You thought we were kidding?

-Kidding, then I get Serg or Spike or Sludge, the faceless guy.

0:33:310:33:37

Horribly disfigured. He took the helmet off in the car.

0:33:370:33:40

-The Stig...

-Yeah, he's got three eyes and his nose, he was hit. Terribly disfigured, yeah.

0:33:400:33:46

-Well, do you guys want to see his lap?

-ALL: Yeah!

0:33:460:33:49

Let's check it out.

0:33:490:33:52

A good launch in the Suzuki, into second.

0:33:550:33:58

Easy on the throttle, easy. Don't try and kill anybody.

0:33:580:34:02

-How dumb can a person look?

-LAUGHTER

0:34:020:34:06

-You loved that helmet, huh? You look really good in that.

-Geeky!

0:34:060:34:09

You think the helmet makes you look like a bigger geek, or the car?

0:34:090:34:12

No, me. Just, I look at pictures of me and I go, "Who's that old man?"

0:34:120:34:17

BLEEPING / LAUGHTER

0:34:180:34:21

-Pretty smooth.

-Oh, throttle, baby!

0:34:230:34:26

-HE LAUGHS A little wide.

-BLEEP!

0:34:280:34:31

OK, heading out on the back stretch. What kinds of speeds do you think you saw there?

0:34:330:34:39

-About 50, 55.

-HE LAUGHS

0:34:390:34:42

Around the hay bales, it was like Alfred Hitchcock, all these birds out there. What was that all about?

0:34:460:34:51

-The crows loved you out there.

-There was crow crap everywhere.

0:34:510:34:55

Here you are turning into the esses.

0:34:550:34:57

Looks really nice. All right, coming into the last turn here.

0:34:590:35:03

-Really pushing it, and across the line!

-APPLAUSE

0:35:030:35:07

-Some pretty good times up there. Where do you think you're going? Are you heading to the top?

-No.

0:35:120:35:17

You think you're going to be underneath Buzz Aldrin?

0:35:170:35:20

No. I won't be under Buzz, but I needed to know what I had to get at. That's easier for me.

0:35:200:35:25

-Tim Allen, you did it in one minute...

-Yeah.

0:35:250:35:29

..44.0!

0:35:290:35:33

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:35:330:35:36

-That means the other Detroit boy, Kid Rock...

-Kid Rock. This is horrible.

0:35:390:35:44

We could loan you a Suzuki and you could practice but then you'd be driving a Suzuki.

0:35:440:35:48

I'll buy one. I'll buy my own airbase.

0:35:480:35:50

-There we go. There we go.

-I will beat them!

-Let's give it up for Tim Allen one more time.

0:35:500:35:56

APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

0:35:560:35:58

Tonight, we're seeing if we can cut it as used car salesmen.

0:36:010:36:04

So far we've each bought a car from auction, given it a quick makeover

0:36:040:36:08

and come up with a marketing strategy designed to attract the right buyer.

0:36:080:36:12

Yep, so far, so good. Now all we have to do is sell them.

0:36:120:36:16

So, Dad, you guys in the market for a new family sedan?

0:36:160:36:21

You may not want to lick that as I just sprayed that yesterday, buddy.

0:36:210:36:25

How about this, you guys buy the car, talk to your dad,

0:36:250:36:29

I will let you take the pony for a weekend?

0:36:290:36:32

'The near death experience broke the ice between me and Patrick, and he was ready to make an offer.'

0:36:330:36:39

We could sell it now for 2,900.

0:36:390:36:42

We're a little ways off, I think, of what we are looking for.

0:36:420:36:46

OK, how far off are we?

0:36:460:36:48

Well, I would be looking to spend about... No more than ten percent of that.

0:36:480:36:53

So 290?

0:36:540:36:56

He loves the pony. You love the car.

0:36:560:37:00

-What do you say, do you want to make a deal?

-'Rutledge was starting to feel the strain.'

0:37:010:37:06

It feels like you're saying you don't like me and my tie and my car is terrible.

0:37:060:37:11

Your tie's OK. I'm worried about the shirt.

0:37:110:37:13

'But activity on the lot was starting to pick up.'

0:37:130:37:17

-What do you think of that?

-Looks pretty good? Not bad at all.

0:37:170:37:21

I like this. So you finance bad credit, good credit...

0:37:210:37:25

Good credit, bad credit, it doesn't matter, I'm sure we can work it out.

0:37:250:37:29

-There's an ass for every seat, Diego. Don't be afraid to be that ass.

-OK.

0:37:300:37:35

-How's it going?

-Good, how are you?

-Good. I'm Tanner.

-I'm Todd, nice to meet you.

0:37:350:37:39

-OK, so we're going to turn right.

-So this does need a lot of work here.

0:37:390:37:46

I want to show you this gorgeous black Lexus over here.

0:37:460:37:49

We are ready to go, my friend.

0:37:490:37:52

I like it already, I like it already.

0:37:520:37:54

It's not too pretentious, it doesn't say, "Hey, look at me."

0:37:540:37:57

It says, "I got a Lexus but I don't need to brag about it."

0:37:570:38:00

'We each had a potential buyer. Now it was time to close the deal.'

0:38:000:38:06

-What if I told you you could have that car...

-Mm-hm.

0:38:060:38:09

..for that price?

0:38:100:38:12

Take a look at that number. Tell me how that sounds to you.

0:38:120:38:16

-This car we have listed at 3,300.

-Mm-hm.

0:38:160:38:18

-What number would relieve stress?

-What are you comfortable paying?

0:38:180:38:22

-And what's the number we're at?

-With the quirks and everything, I can do 1,750.

-999.

0:38:220:38:28

-That's only 1,200.

-Cash! Cash.

-1,200 cash.

0:38:280:38:33

'While Adam and Rutledge were pushing papers, it was time to close the deal with my ultimate incentive package.'

0:38:330:38:40

-How are you?

-Good, how are you? Are you buying a car?

-Er...

0:38:400:38:45

I can't do it for 1,200. Thanks for stopping by.

0:38:450:38:49

-Excellent.

-Pretty eyes.

-Oh, thank you.

-Are you from here?

-Yeah, round here in LA...

-Nice!

0:38:490:38:56

-1,699 is not bad but here's what I had in mind.

-You want the pen again?

-Yes.

0:38:560:39:01

-You girls are looking good, I'll give you that, yeah.

-We would look even nicer in your car.

0:39:010:39:06

If you can do this number, it's a done deal.

0:39:060:39:10

Right now. I'll go to the bank and get you that money.

0:39:100:39:13

How about another 50, and we can close it up?

0:39:130:39:17

How about we split it? 25.

0:39:170:39:19

-I'll take it.

-We got a deal.

-We got a deal.

0:39:190:39:22

You guys need to be making the deals here. Exactly!

0:39:220:39:27

'The girls had done their thing.'

0:39:270:39:30

Thank you. 'It was time to make the deal.'

0:39:300:39:33

So you were at 1,750 as is,

0:39:330:39:36

I say make it 1,900 as is and it's yours.

0:39:360:39:41

Let's split it, 1,850.

0:39:410:39:43

-Done.

-All right.

-Yes!

0:39:430:39:47

-APPLAUSE

-That's pretty impressive.

0:39:470:39:50

Now, they wanted me to inform you that I disposed of the marijuana in my car immediately.

0:39:500:39:56

-OK, so I bought my car for 1,850.

-Mm-hm.

-I spent the rest of the three grand on the paint,

0:39:560:40:02

the steering wheel, the shift knob and the girls.

0:40:020:40:05

I was left over with, what is that? 1,150, I guess is what I lost.

0:40:050:40:10

And you lost money? I bought mine for 870.

0:40:100:40:14

I put 536 into paint and marketing, and I sold to for 1,450.

0:40:140:40:18

-I made 44.

-Wow! That's pretty good!

-APPLAUSE

0:40:180:40:24

-That's pretty impressive.

-That's pretty good.

0:40:240:40:27

-What?

-Hm?

-And...

0:40:290:40:32

-I wasn't as much concerned with the profit.

-Really, Mr Krylon?

0:40:320:40:37

Well, let's see, I paid 2,350 for the car and then I'd spent about

0:40:370:40:42

400 or 500 in crap.

0:40:420:40:46

You know, all told, at the end of the day, I got...

0:40:460:40:51

-..no money for it.

-LAUGHTER

0:40:510:40:54

-I'll give you 20 bucks.

-You'll give me how much?

-20 bucks, 25.

0:40:540:40:58

You know that's weird, sir, cos we're going to sell this car today, right here. Look in your wallet,

0:40:580:41:03

I got cash. Who's got cash? 40.

0:41:030:41:05

-40.

-50.

-50.

0:41:050:41:09

-80.

-80. I got 80 on the front. Who's got more than 80?

-Who's got 100?

0:41:090:41:12

-I got 100!

-We got 100 over here.

0:41:120:41:15

-This is like Barrett Jackass!

-LAUGHTER

0:41:150:41:19

But now deals, if you've got cash and a nice watch...

0:41:190:41:23

-120.

-We got 120.

-I got 200!

0:41:230:41:27

So right now we've got a high offer of 200.

0:41:270:41:29

Hold on, we do have an offer here.

0:41:290:41:32

-I would trade her.

-You would trade...

-LAUGHTER

0:41:320:41:35

Wow! He's going to need a car if you say that because she is not going to give him a ride home.

0:41:370:41:43

Erm... This man has drawn my attention to something very beautiful.

0:41:430:41:48

Babe, can you scoot over just a little bit. Sir, is that a Members Only jacket?

0:41:480:41:52

LAUGHTER

0:41:520:41:54

APPLAUSE

0:41:540:41:56

Can I... Er, can I try that on?

0:41:560:41:59

I'm just going to see how it fits.

0:42:000:42:03

Would you be willing to trade this fine Members Only jacket for a 1992 Lexus LS400?

0:42:030:42:08

-APPLAUSE

-Yes, I would.

0:42:100:42:13

HE SIGHS

0:42:130:42:15

I've got an offer of 200,

0:42:150:42:18

or this beautiful Members Only jacket. What should I do?

0:42:180:42:22

-THEY SHOUT

-Jacket?

0:42:220:42:24

I'm going to need 1 along with this jacket

0:42:240:42:28

-to make it an official sale. Do you have 1?

-Yes, I do.

-I need that dollar.

0:42:280:42:31

-Ladies and gentlemen, this man just got himself a Lexus!

-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:42:340:42:39

That's all we've got time for tonight. Thank you for watching.

0:42:420:42:47

-Goodbye!

-Go get in there, man!

-APPLAUSE

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