Rowan Atkinson has made a bumper profit after selling his McLaren F1 super car for £8 million – four years after crashing it and triggering ‘Britain’s biggest ever insurance claim’.
Rowan Atkinson a.k.a Mr. Bean, has sold his McLaren F1 super car for £8 million – four years after crashing it.
The sale gave him a huge profit for a car he bought in 1997 for around £540,000.
In 2011, after crashing into a hedge in Oxfordshire, his insurance company was handed a £910,000 repair bill in what is thought to be the biggest ever single car insurance claim.
But while most cars would lose value when they are involved in a serious crash, the 240mph F1 is different and its price has continued to rise.
Atkinson recently decided it was time to sell up after the F1 became “a thing of value”.
He put it on the market for £8 million with specialist car dealer Taylor & Crawley.
David Clark, boss of Taylor & Crawley and the man who originally sold Atkinson the F1, today confirmed he has sold it.
He said: “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.
“It is one of the biggest ever deals in the UK. Rowan is pleased, but also maybe a bit sad as he did 40,000 miles in it.”