Back in early February 2015 it was revealed that Rowan Atkinson decided to part with his rare McLaren F1 for £8 million, or about $12.3 million. Four months later and the supercar has found a new home. The F1 was sold to an unnamed British buyer through specialist car dealer Taylor & Crawler. The agency led by former McLaren sales and marketing director David Clark would not reveal the price paid by the new owner, but it is unlikely to be too far short of the asking price given the F1 is regarded as the most collectable vehicle of the past three decades.
The current official record for a McLaren F1 sale stands at $10.5 million and it was set in 2014 by an example previously owned by former IndyCar champion Michael Andretti. Though the sum of this new transaction remains undisclosed, it’s very likely Atkinson’s former supercar is the most expensive F1 ever sold. Also, it would rank among the highest prices ever paid in the U.K. for an automobile.
The Mr. Bean star bought his F1 in 1997 for around £540,000 (about $830,700) and drove it for 41,000 miles.
Atkinson’s F1 is also famous for triggering Britain’s biggest ever insurance claim. In 2011, after crashing the car into a hedge, Atkinson’s insurance company was handed a £910,000 (around $1.4 million) repair bill.
I have a feeling the new owner will be a lot more careful with his $12-million ride.
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Rowan Atkinson Sells His McLaren F1 For Around $12 Million originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:00 EST.