Clarkson is the man! You shouldn't take anything he says as the truth or being serious. I have seen every episode of Top Gear like a bazillion times because the trio make it so good. They rip apart the best cars, yet praise the worse cars too. I seriously think Clarkson rates cars off how is is feeling that day. good day, good car. bad day, bad car.
Also you should remember that the Defender is on the "Cool Wall" so we aren't doing that bad!
1955 Series I
1994 Defender 90 #916
1967 Lancia Fulvia
1974 Alfa Romeo GTV