Rowan Atkinson to sell his McLaren F1


The actor, comic and classic car enthusiast Rowan Atkinson has put his McLaren F1 up for sale with London dealership Taylor & Crawley – and it's likely to cost in the region of £8million.

Atkinson has owned the F1 since buying it in 1997, when it cost in excess of £540,000. He's since clocked up more than 40,000 miles, mostly driving to the shops, but also testing the car to its full 240mph+ capability on track. 

"When I bought it in 1997 it all seemed pretty rash, because I was expecting it to depreciate," said Atkinson.

"But of course it didn't depreciate, far from it. Meanwhile, I've avoided buying Aston Martins and Ferraris, which has saved me a fortune."

The car is known as much for its celebrity owner as it is for two highly publicised crashes, both of which took place with the comic at the wheel. The first accident occurred in 1999 when Atkinson struck the back of a Metro, with the second coming twelve years later after he lost control while accelerating hard on a Cambridgeshire road, which caused the car to spin and strike a tree, separating the engine and drivetrain from the body and breaking his shoulder blade.

However, extensive repairs to the stricken F1 were carried out by McLaren technicians – documented in March 2013 Classic & Sports Car – which resulted in the firm rebuilding the majority of the car at a cost of more than £900,000. Another F1 had been more extensively damaged, but that car received a new tub – Atkinson's car, however, was painstakingly restored piece by piece. 

"Getting back into it after 16 months was like putting on an old sweater," Atkinson told C&SC. "I'm not a collector. I don't like the top-cupboard syndrome that causes so many good cars to evaporate. It depresses me that they are hidden away like investment art, or gold ingots in a Swiss vault.

"My F1 is only 17-years-old, but it's already a classic in the tradition of the Type 59 Bugatti or 2.9 Alfa. It has become part of my life."

Click here to see a gallery of the McLaren F1 rebuild.




Not a bad price for a written off car!! interesting that the rebuild 16yrs later , was more than the cost of the original! My friend Malcom Edgington , was the recovery truck agent that brought it to his unit in Fleetwood Lancs after the crash with the old lady on Garstang Rd Garstang Lancs I think she survived to tell the tail ! Mind you 20yrs almost on , she may have gone to the happy hunting grounds , best regards to all , from George Holt of Jaguar XK 120 racing fame ! and Healey and Trident Vetura EX Works rally car , but to mention a few . Now living in Canada BC for my sins , but still racing and having FUN!! My best to Jeromy Coulter if you are still reading Classic car mag! loved to have you as my navigator on the Coppa de Italia back in 1988!!


Strong money for a car that's presumably recorded on HPI as a Cat C!

Chris Leopold

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