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Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1 sells for record sum

Classic car enthusiast, Rowan Atkinson, was one of the highest profile McLaren F1 buyers, acquiring the burgundy car new in 1997 for around £640,000. He has just sold it through London luxury car dealer Taylor & Crawley for more than £8 million.

Although ClassicCarPrice does not know the prices achieved by classics in private sales, we can confirm that this price outstrips any F1 sold at auction by around £3.5 million. The highest recent auction price for an F1 was achieved at Gooding’s Pebble Beach, California sale in August 2013, when a 14,000-mile example sold for around £5.5 million.

So having Rowan Atkinson, aka Blackadder and Mr Bean, as its first and only owner for the past 17 years seems to have added more than £3 million to the value of this supercar. And that’s in spite of the fact that it’s covered nearly three times as many miles as the Goodings car, and has twice made national headlines when it was involved in high-profile accidents.

Minor damage was caused when the 60-year-old actor rear-ended a Rover Metro on the A6 in Lancashire in 1999. More serious damage was done in 2011 when Atkinson came off the A0 near Peterborough and ploughed into a tree. Significant rebuilding work to the chassis, costing more than £900,000, was done by the McLaren factory to get the car back on the road.

Atkinson’s car is number 64 of 107 built and has unique burgundy paintwork. Commenting on the car, he said: ‘I bought it for the quality of thinking that went into its design, and now it has become a thing of value, it is time for it to be enjoyed by someone else.’

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