Rowan Atkinson has made an incredible profit after selling his £8 million McLaren F1 in one of the UK’s biggest ever deals.
The Blackadder and Mr Bean actor got the staggering sum for the supercar, despite famously crashing it twice.
The 60-year-old bought the car in 1997 for around £540,000. In 2011, Atkinson crashed into a hedge in Oxfordshire costing his insurance company £910,000 in repairs.
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.
David Clark of Taylor and Crawley 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.
(Atkinson) is one of the most enthusiastic car owners I have ever met, a real user of his cars and that is how he derives his enjoyment, from the using, not the having.
To be fair, it’s about time one of this guy’s cunning plans paid off!