You probably know him for his goofy, mishap-prone, laconic character Mr. Bean: he’s British actor Rowan Atkinson, and he happens to be one of the biggest petrolheads working in show business today. That’s how come the comedian owns one of the most rare, collectible hypercars in all of automotive history: the McLaren F1.
Or more rather, used to own, as Mr. Atkinson just recently sold his twice-crashed McLaren F1 for a jaw-dropping amount, possibly as much as £8 million. That works out to more than $12.4 million US.
The UK’s Telegraph reports that the final sales price of Mr. Bean’s McLaren F1 remains undisclosed; £8 million was the actor’s initial ask. That’s despite the fact that as we’ve said, Atkinson has been involved in two serious crashes in the hypercar. One occurred back in 1999, two short years after the actor purchased the vehicle new from McLaren. The second, much more serious crash happened in 2011, which incurred a £910,000 repair bill, according to the Telegraph – possibly the biggest single-car insurance claim in history.
With all fairness to Mr. Atkinson, he’s also racked up more miles in the McLaren F1 than probably anyone else in the world. He’s put about 41k miles on the odometer of his car, and considering that only 107 examples were made – many of which became race cars – it’s a relatively small pool of contenders.
Rowan Atkinson listed the McLaren F1 just after the start of the new year, with British dealer Taylor and Crawley. The dealership’s boss, David Clark, confirmed the news: “Everyone is very pleased with the sale. There was interest from around the world and it has gone to a British buyer who will drive it like Rowan did.”
Right. Well, let’s hope he doesn’t drive it too much like Rowan did.