Rowan Atkinson, best known for his role as Mr. Bean, has sold his F1 supercar
after owning it since 1997. Reportedly, the new owner is another British
enthusiast who plans to drive it as frequently as the famous actor did.
Mr. Atkinson was probably the most prominent owner of the McLaren F1 and drove it regularly since he bought it new for 540,000 pounds (about $830k). In those two decades, he put some 41,000 miles on the odometer and managed to crash it twice, which is probably not hard to do given that the 550-horsepower car doesn't have any electronic aides. The most recent collision in 2011 cost his insurers a reported $1.4 million to fix.
According to reports, Atkinson put his F1 on the market earlier this year, after seeing the prices skyrocket. One of the reasons is that it's very rare; there were only about a hundred F1s produced, including the prototypes and racers. The sale was handled by London broker Taylor & Crawley, headed by the same David Clark who sold Atkinson the car in 1997 when he served as McLaren's sales director.
The original asking price was 8 million pounds - equivalent to over $12 million at current exchange rates - but the final selling price was not disclosed. The highest price paid thus far was at Pebble Beach in 2013, where Gooding & Co sold one for just under $8.5 million. The following year one F1 went back home unsold, despite a bid of $10 million.