McLaren only ever built 106 examples of its F1 supercar, and of these just 72 were designed for the road. One of these 72 road-going F1s was bought new by actor Rowan Atkinson (famous for playing Mr. Bean) back in 1997, and he’s now put it up for sale priced at a staggering £8 million, which at current exchange rates works out to be $12 million.
The car is up for sale at London dealer Taylor & Crawley, whose owner David Clark recently spoke with the U.K.’s Western Morning News (via World Car Fans). He said he expects a lot of interest for the car despite its relatively high—for an exotic—41,000-mile odometer reading and the fact that it’s been involved in two accidents, one of them rather serious.
Clark, who worked for McLaren when the F1 was launched and is an F1 owner himself, said this particular example, which features a unique burgundy paint scheme, is almost like a new car because of the restoration work done on it. The repair bill alone for the crash that took place in 2011 was more than $1.4 million and is thought to be the U.K.’s highest ever insurance payout for a single vehicle accident.
When Atkinson bought the car, the price tag was £540,000 ($810,000). But as we’ve seen in the world of classic and collector cars, prices over the past several years have soared. This particular F1 also has that celebrity factor.
The F1 was launched on the market in 1994 and remained in production for four years. The cars came with a mid-mounted 6.1-liter V-12 developing 627 horsepower. This was enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 241 mph. The latter remained unmatched until the arrival of the Bugatti Veyron more than a decade later.