Rowan Atkinson Sold His McLaren F1 For Nearly $12 Million
Automobiles can prove a worthy investment. Buy the right car at the right time and take proper care until you're ready to sell, and you could be rollin' in the dough. Unfortunately, that often means that people leave a beautiful, expensive piece of machinery sitting untouched in the garage unused. Rowan Atkinson proved an exception to that rule, driving his McLaren F1 plenty and still making quite the return on the supercar. Reports vary on the exact price, but Atkinson paid aout $800,000-900,000 for the car 18 years ago. Rather than letting it sit collecting dust, he drove it. The odometer showed more than 40,000 miles, and it's also been in two separate accidents. Atkinson rear-ended a Rover Metro in 1999 resulting in damage to the hood, bumper, and fender. A much bigger accident occurred in 2011 when he lost control and hit a tree and road sign. PHOTOS: Is the McLaren F1 the Greatest Supercar Ever?
The accident split the car in two and turned it into a healthy bonfire that you'd think would have been its end, but Atkinson chose to repair the car. It took a year and $1,399,893, which set a new record for an insurance claim in Britain. Now, according to Car Scoops, he sold the car through Taylor & Crawley for about $12,000,000.
Sounds like a bit much for completely rebuilt car, right? That's what happens when you're dealing with one of the most rare and revered supercars ever built. The new owner's name wasn't released, but the car is said to be staying close to home with a British buyer.
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