Reports that a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, was referring to the Falklands conflict of 1982 have been dismissed as a coincidence.
“Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming programme; to suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original, is completely untrue,” he said.
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson has described the moment as “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been involved in”, and warned that “someone could have been killed”.
The mob shouted “burn their cars” and tried to attack them with pickaxe handles.
“I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan, but this was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been involved in,” said Clarkson.
“There were hundreds of them. They were hurling rocks and bricks at our cars.
“This is not just some kind of jolly Top Gear jape – this was deadly serious.”
A BBC spokesman said: “We’re pleased the team is safe and would like to thank all of those who have helped. As the executive producer has made clear, the number plate issue is a very unfortunate coincidence.”
This is my car on its last day in Argentina. Note the plates that everyone says caused offence. pic.twitter.com/mCfncbMa6F
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) October 4, 2014