Mr Bean sells his £8million McLaren F1 supercar

Mr Bean sells his £8million McLaren F1 supercar

Rowan Atkinson, the Mr Bean actor, bought his beloved McLaren in 1997 for around £640,000 – making a tidy £7.3m profit on the motor.

It may be 18 years old having covered 41,000 miles and been involved in two almighty crashes, but that has not deterred a petrol head from splashing out £8million on a prized McLaren F1 supercar belonging to Rowan Atkinson.

This makes it one of the highest prices ever forked out for a car in the UK, with only 1960s Ferraris tending to fetch more. It commanded the lucrative fee despite Atkinson, a car fanatic, crashing it twice.

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The 60-year-old first pranged the three-seater by ploughing into the back of a Rover Metro on the A6 at Forton, Lancashire, in October 1999.

Then in 2011 he lost control on a slippery bend of the A605 near Peterborough and smashed into a tree.

He escaped from the wreckage with a broken shoulder, but most of the car was destroyed, while the 6.1litre engine ended up 60 feet away.

That second crash ended in what is thought to be Britain’s highest ever single car insurance payout, with the vehicle costing £900,000 to be rebuilt by McLaren. It also put up his annual insurance to an estimated £60,000.

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But it seems the accidents may have actually added to the value of the F1, which was one of only 64 ever built. Atkinson put it on the market for £8million with specialist car dealer Taylor & Crawley, owned by David Clark, formerly a director at McLaren.

Mr Clark confirmed the car with the ‘interesting history’ had now been sold. He 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.’

Source: Daily Mail

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Middle East buyer snaps up 450th and final Bugatti Veyron supercar

Middle East buyer snaps up 450th and final Bugatti Veyron supercar

Volkswagen has sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, marking the end of one of the most exclusive supercars ever built.

The last Veyron is an open-top Grand Sport Vitesse variant, which boasts 1,200 horsepower. The car, called La Finale, will be on display next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The 450 Veyrons were sold for an average price of about €2.3 million each, Bugatti said Monday in a statement.

“An unprecedented chapter in automotive history has reached its climax,” Bugatti president Wolfgang Duerheimer said in a statement. “Even 10 years after its market launch, the Veyron remains unique in many respects.”

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The final Veyron was purchased by an unidentified customer from the Middle East. About half the cars were sold in Europe, and about a quarter were delivered in the US, according to Bugatti.

VW, the world’s second-largest automaker, is working on a new Bugatti supercar and is testing at least three different concepts for a successor to the Veyron, including one with an engine as much as 25 per cent stronger than the 1,200-horsepower motor of the Grand Sport Vitesse, people familiar with the plans said in October. VW design chief Walter de Silva has said the new Bugatti could be unveiled at the end of this year or early-2016 and will be “art.”

Like the Veyron, its successor will vie for the world’s most affluent car-buyers with the likes of Italy’s Pagani Automobili, McLaren’s street cars or Koenigsegg Automotive’s Agera model. The Swedish supercar specialist will present the Agera and a new “megacar” dubbed Regera in Geneva next week.

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The Veyron set industry records not just for speed, but also for losing money, according to estimates from Max Warburton, a Singapore-based analyst for Sanford Bernstein. Including development costs, VW may lose €4.6m per vehicle on the Veyron, Mr Warburton said.

“The spending they have done on every little part of the car is totally crazy, but it’s also of course setting the agenda of the supercar, the hyper-car league,” Christian Brandt, chief designer at Danish supercar maker Zenvo Automotive, said in an interview.

“You need prestige projects like this to showcase technological excellence,” said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. “Yes, it costs money, but it won’t cause VW any turbulence.”

Source: The National

Rod Stewart’s Lamborghini Fetches Nearly £1Million

Rod Stewart's Lamborgini

Rod Stewart’s old Lamborghini, which he bought for £8,000 back in 1972, has sold for £919,000 at auction – that’s more than 100 times more than the singer paid for it!

The 68-year-old rocker bought the yellow, 186mph car on the back of hit single Maggie May and No 1 album Every Picture Tells A Story. He also asked for the car to have a cassette player with a record function – so he could store tunes that came into his head.

The Lamborghini is one of only seven right-hand drive Miura SVs ever made and went up for auction at the Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale in Chichester, West Sussex. Earlier this year, the car took part in Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Italy.

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The Miura is named after Don Eduardo Miura, a famous breeder of fighting bulls. Its arrival in 1966 established Lamborghini as a major challenger to Ferrari as a maker of luxury sporting cars. The SV was the ultimate Miura and was the world’s fastest production car when it was introduced.

A representative from Bonham’s suggested that it was the last of the line and in near perfect condition, but is that the reason for the high bidding war or is it the story this supercar has to tell..?