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Big smiles for Michael McIntyre as comedian enjoys new Ferrari

British stand-up star Michael McIntyre was spotted enjoying the trappings of success recently..

British stand-up star Michael McIntyre was spotted enjoying the trappings of success recently, having splashed out on a brand-new Ferrari California.

 

The comedian was photographed leaving a London garage in the supercar, estimated to be worth around £150,000, before pulling up in the driveway of his £3.5million city pad. The car represents a considerable step up for the 38-year-old, who not that long ago was driving around in a rather tired-looking Austin Metro. According to a report by the Daily Mail, McIntyre was apparently once left stranded, as the vehicle's petrol gauge didn't even work properly.

 

There are no such problems these days, however. His new Ferrari California not only has a working petrol indicator, it is capable of blisteringly-fast acceleration. With a top speed of more than 190mhp, the car can go from 0-60mph in under four seconds. McIntyre has decided to opt for an impressive matte black finish, contrasting beautifully with the car's bright yellow brake callipers and red rear detailing.      

 

The California is likely to take pride of place in the comedian's garage but will certainly be in good company. Previous purchases include a mid-size SUV, in the form of a BMW X5, a top-of-the-range Jaguar and a Porsche Cayenne.

 

In 2012, McIntyre was reported to be the world's highest-grossing comedian, with total ticket sales of £21m linked to that year's Showtime tour. And with his Happy & Glorious tour in 2015 set to break records once again, he may well decide to add to his car collection, perhaps with a 6.0-litre Ferrari Enzo or a Ferrari 458 Spider, both of which are on the forecourt now at Redline Specialist Cars.

 

When it comes to celebrities and their supercars, McIntyre is certainly not alone in his love for the Italian marque. Radio and television star Chris Evans is well known to have a serious soft spot for the manufacturer's prancing horse emblem, especially when it is attached to a model from the 1960s.

 

The broadcaster regularly uses his collection for fundraising drives, with hundreds of thousands raised for charity. In 2008 he spent almost $11m at auction on a Ferrari 250 California Spider SWB that was once owned by American actor James Coburn. His long list of purchases has included a 250 GT Lusso, a 308 GTS, an iconic Ferrari F40 and a Dino 246.

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