With 41,000 miles on the odometer, two crashes and a 17 year life span, Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1 has sold to an unnamed buyer from the United Kingdom.
Though it’s not clear precisely what the selling price of this car was, it was first listed for sale in January at approximately £8 million, or $12,245,520 USD at the current exchange rate. But, as The Sun reported June 10, it’s estimated to be very close, if not more than, the asking price.
David Clark, a specialist car dealer who first sold the car to Atkinson, spoke with The Sun, saying, “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 was unabashedly open about his use of the F1 as a daily driver, and his preference for taking it slow – in a Jan. 23 article for the Telegraph Cars, he was quoted as saying, “To pootle is a pleasure.”
“Of course I’ve gone to a track and done 200 mph in it, but for me it was always the vision of its designer Gordon Murray that made the F1 unique.”
As there were quite a few offers made on the car, we can safely believe that the new owner will enjoy and car for this piece of McLaren history. As one of only 107 created, it’s a rare car indeed, but thanks to its history, owner and time spent being loved, it has truly become unique.
Take a moment to check out the photos of Atkinson and his car, courtesy of Tim Scott, then browse our exclusive listings of McLarens at the button below and find your own supercar to love.
(Source: The Sun, Telegraph Cars)