So you’ve seen him on TV getting up to all sorts of mischief, Mr Bean is not known as the most eloquent of men and even more so when it comes to driving (Did you ever see the episode where he is late and decides to get ready in his car i.e shaving and brushing his teeth!?) But behind all the mayhem is one of the UK’s most versatile actors. Mr Bean AKA Rowan Atkinson is known for playing a whole host of other characters such as Blackadder as well as being a well known funny man!
But what we didn’t know is that Rowan has amassed a rather large fortune and has enjoyed spending it on fast cars. Do we blame him? Not one bit! We at Want Driving Lessons would also be riding around in chic sports cars too given half the chance! But he is proving that there is quit a lot of money to be made with the right investment when it comes to classic sports cars. This is despite the fact that the rest of us are not celebrities!
He was the owner of a cherished McLaren F1 supercar, but alas it has been sold. However, we are sure that Mr Atkinson will not be to disappointed as the car went for somewhere in the region of £8 million, the rough asking price for the racing car. He’s certainly made some money on the car, it cost around £634,500 including VAT when he first bought it as a brand new car back in 1997. So he’s proved that there can be a tidy little profit made on vintage cars, especially one owned by a TV superstar.
So more about the car itself, the 240 mph super car has covered over 41,000 miles in the hands of Rowan Atkinson, it has unfortunately also suffered being involved in two significant crashes that has caused minor damages to the car. The McLaren did spend a year undergoing extensive repairs after Atkinson crashed it last in August 2011.
The star of film and TV was driving his F1 supercar when it spun around several times, ran into a tree and a lamppost and caught fire on the A605 in Haddon, Cambridgeshire. Pretty serious stuff and he was lucky to get out of it alive which we are grateful for even though Mr Bean is a little bit annoying! The exact cause of the accident remains unknown but the repair bill was a pretty hefty £1 million. Recorded as the highest ever repair bill at the time, the repairs were carried out by McLaren’s Special Operations division.
Now that the sale is on it’s way to being completed, the actor will be walking away with around £7 million pounds of profit once the other costs of the car have been taken into consideration. Not bad considering the car has obviously suffered a few bumps and scrapes along the way!