Dream car Christmas gifts for petrolheads 2018

Blow the budget with 20 lavish Christmas presents costing £50 or more that are ideal for petrolheads

We’ve already brought you some brilliant Christmas gift ideas on a budget; but now we’ve rounded up the best suggestions if you want to splash the cash on the petrolhead in your life this festive season.

So whether you’re looking for a present to buy, or hoping to drop hints to family and friends, we have something for you over the next three pages, from driving experiences and kit to more practical tools.

• Cheap Christmas gifts under £50

We’ve catered for everyone: young car nuts to big kids, F1 fans to lovers of classics and those who like to drive cars big and small. 

Great Christmas car gifts over £50 Fieldcandy Tow the Line tent

Price: Around £400 

Love caravanning but can’t stretch to one of your own? This funky tent could be the answer with its livery mimicking a caravan’s doors, windows and wheels. And it’s not just for confusing fellow campers; it’s designed for use all year, with a breathable inner tent and a sewn-in groundsheet. It sleeps two to three people and can be pitched in less than five minutes. 

Buy now from Field Candy

Tuk Tuk Bar

Price: Around £1,340

No home should be without this vintage Tuk Tuk bar made from a ‘repurposed’ taxi. There’s plenty of storage for just about anything you want to keep in it, from wine and beer to your favourite non-alcoholic drinks. Holders for stem glasses are even built into the roof. Each bar is unique and comes with a non-functioning headlight.

Buy now from Garden Furniture Centre

2018 Lewis Hamilton Mini Helmet

Price: Around £120 

By winning his fifth world title, Lewis Hamilton secured his place among the all-time Formula One greats. Why not mark the remarkable achievement with this 1:2-scale model of this year’s helmet as worn by Stevenage’s favourite son? The detailed model is a great addition to any desk or bookshelf. 

Buy now from eBay

Tamiya Land Rover

Price: Around £200 

What’s not to love about Tamiya’s remote-control 1:10-scale Defender 90? It’s beautifully detailed, but few owners will be able to resist putting it through its paces. Like the real thing it has 4WD, gas-filled dampers and four-link rear suspension. Just budget more if you need a radio and batteries. 

Buy now from Model Sport

Lotus Driving Academy Platinum Experience

Price: Around £1,200 

This course develops driving skills, and shows how to use data logging to go faster. Aimed at experienced track drivers, it teaches techniques like left-foot and trail braking, and interpreting Racelogic VBOX data. For the less experienced, courses start at £119. 

See course at Lotus Driving Academy

JCW Multi-Tool

Price: Around £55 

A gift for MINI fans that won’t sit on a shelf, because a multitool is a great addition to any tool kit or glovebox. This 13-tool Leatherman packs pliers, a wire cutter and screwdrivers into its compact handles, which carry a winged MINI logo. There’s another on the Nappa leather case.

Buy now from Mini

Classic Car Bookends

Price: Around £80 

At 19.2cm high and 9cm deep, these cast aluminium bookends are larger than most, so are ideal for the bigger books favoured by publishers of car-related titles. Felt on the bases prevents scratches, and the classic single-seat racers are polished. The finishing touch for any bookshelf.

Buy now from Not On The Highstreet

Pure Highway 600

Price: Around £160

Update the sounds in your loved one’s car with this test-winning Pure DAB radio adaptor. It has a screen-mount aerial and cordless display, and includes not just easy digital radio tuning, but also Bluetooth. This allows music streaming from a phone, plus hands-free calling. It links to the car via the FM radio or an aux socket. 

Buy now from Amazon

Comet Hot Rod Pedal Car

Price: Around £475

Pedal cars don’t get cooler than this Comet with its many chrome parts – which budding detailers can bring to a shine – and ‘flaming’ paintwork. It suits kids aged two to six, thanks to a five-position pedal mechanism, and the body is heavy-gauge steel with no plastic. 

Buy now from Not On The Highstreet

Volvo 850 Saloon TWR BTCC Racing Super Touring Car duvet cover

Price: Around £70 

Volvo fans will have sweet dreams as this duvet cover marks the brand’s mid-nineties touring car campaign. It comes in three sizes, with artist Tom Mayer’s images recreating the boxy saloon that was an unlikely BTCC hit. 

Super Sprint Race bed

Price: Around £175 

Bringing new meaning to fast asleep, this child’s bed is the perfect addition to any budding race driver’s bedroom. The single-bed design comes with ends, race-car themed sides and a slatted base. You just need to add a mattress and suitable bed clothes, and there won’t be any more disputes over going to bed.

Buy now from Speedy Dreamers

Gtechniq Master Detailing Collection

Price: Around £425 

If there’s a detailer in the house they’ll love to find this comprehensive kit under the tree this Christmas. Premium producer Gtechniq, which has shown it makes top-performing products in our tests, has put everything you’ll need to detail your car, inside and out, in this Large collection. Included in the package of 30-plus items is an Aston Martin race cap, and it’s all presented in a large kit bag. There’s a smaller version for £350 as well.

Buy now from Clean your Car

Max Panks watercolour

Price: Around £150 

If you want something truly unique for your loved one, then a Max Panks watercolour painting could be the answer. London-based Max takes commissions and can work from photographs to produce impressionistic paintings capturing the soul of his subjects. Our picture is taken from a digital image and £150 buys a 36x26cm painting. 

See watercolours at Etsy

Playseat F1 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Price: Around £975

Do you know the next Max Verstappen? This Playseat will help them hone their skills. It comes in Red Bull’s colours with official logos. Designed to give a true F1 experience, with raised pedals and a laid-back seat, it works with all steering wheel and pedal sets, plus PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Mac and Wii. 

Buy now from Amazon

MG Picnic Basket

Price: Around £200 

Perfect for that weekend jaunt in your classic MG, this hand-woven willow hamper has everything you need for al fresco dining. The six-person set includes English bone china plates and mugs, all decorated with MG cars painted by Richard Wade. It also includes stainless-steel cutlery, food, a one-litre flask, toughened glasses, cruets and a waiter’s friend. Ideal for entertaining at a classic show. 

Buy now from Holden 

Bicester Heritage Ultimate Classic 5 Driving Experience

Price: Around £400 

Bicester Heritage in Oxon is becoming a hub for traditional engineering and automotive skills, and we can’t think of anywhere better to drive classic cars. There’s a range of experiences, but this mixes the best, with 40 laps of the ex-RAF bomber station in a Jaguar E-Type, Austin Healey 3000, Ford Mustang Fastback, Mini Cooper S and Porsche 911. 

See experience at UDrive Cars

Montante for Maserati 8CTF bicycle

Price: Around Euros 3,600 (£3,203 approx)

Can’t stretch to a piece of four-wheeled Italian exotica? This two-wheeler may fit the bill. Order now and the Maserati fan in your life will be able to ride it when the weather picks up. Inspired by the classic 8CTF GP racer, this steel-framed, Columbus-tubed road bike is painted in the car’s original colours, right down to the chain. Soldered by hand, the Montante-made machine has a 140mm front disc brake mounted on special steel forks. 

Buy now from Maserati Store

Breitling for Bentley Desk Clock

Price: Around £1,000 

Thanks to its long history with the firm, Breitling is the only timepiece for Bentley fans. This stylish Swiss clock, in piano black or walnut, has an electric movement powered by two batteries. With its sloping veneer base and silver-toned dial with Bentley knurling, it’s perfect for any desk. 

Buy now from Breitling

Ferrari F2007 Motor Panel

Price: Around 9,000 Euros (£7,854 approx) 

Memorabilia doesn’t come much more exclusive than parts from a championship-winning F1 car. And this is part of the radiator-cooling system from the Ferrari F2007 that won 2007’s drivers’ and teams’ titles. More than a metre long, the carbon-fibre section includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the Scuderia team principal. 

Buy now from Ferrari

Halfords Advanced 2 Drawer Trolley and 170 Piece socket set

Price: Around £260 

Get kitted out with this Halfords bundle. A top-quality 170-piece socket set fills the trolley’s two drawers in blow-moulded trays. There are deep metric and AF sockets, wrenches, extensions, ratchet spanners plus screwdriver and hex bits. Yet the trolley has room for extra kit. 

Buy now from Halfords

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