Lewis Hamilton makes millions off custom supercar he sold ‘for ethical reasons’

Lewis Hamilton is now £7m richer thanks to the sale of his custom-made Zonda 760 LH supercar – but insists he chose to sell for 'ethical reasons'.

The F1 star had owned the one-off machine for around seven years, having personally ordered one from the Italian luxury car maker Pagani.

He was regularly spotted buzzing around the streets of Monaco in the Zonda, which was hard to miss with its striking purple paint job.

Its top speed of 217mph and impressive 0-60mph time of just three seconds also helped make the supercar something of an eye-catcher.

But now, wherever that car is to be driven in future, it will no longer have Hamilton at the wheel after he decided to part with it.

Italian news outlet Quattroruote reports the seven-time world champion has finally decided to part with the Pagani.

His reasons, according to the report, are ethical in nature – the Briton is apparently only interested in owning and driving hybrids and fully electric cars in the future.

But that is not likely to be the only motivator for the eco-friendly superstar, as the profit he made is likely to have put a smile on his face.

Having paid £1.6m and got seven years of mileage out of the road monster, Hamilton managed to flog it for a princely sum of £8.5m.

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With that sale, the Briton can add almost £7m more to his estimated fortune of around £300m.

The Pagani's new owner will have bought the car knowing that it has been in a high-profile crash in the past.

Hamilton managed to hit three parked cars with the supercar in 2015, while driving in Monto Carlo.

He blamed the accident on how tired he was from the lack of sleep which came with a lifestyle of excessive partying.

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"It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half," Hamilton explained at the time.

"I am a bit run down. I have been non-stop and trying to fit training in at the same time and not getting a lot of sleep."

While he loved the car very much, Hamilton will at least sleep well in the knowledge he has finally got shot of the car he owns which he struggled to get to grips with the most.

"The Zonda is terrible to drive!" he once said of the custom made racing machine. "It's the best-sounding car I own, but handling-wise it's the worst."

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