EVER GET the feeling you may have priced it a little high? Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1 hypercar has yet to find a buyer after four months on the market.
The car was first listed for sale in January with a reported price tag of £8m. According to David Clark, of the dealer Taylor & Crawley, which is selling the 241mph F1, it has attracted several interested parties but none has yet come up with an acceptable offer.
Despite being in pristine condition, the vehicle, which the comedian bought in 1997 to celebrate the success of Mr Bean, has been involved in two high-profile crashes.
Atkinson, 60, first pranged the three-seater in 1999 by hitting a Rover Metro in Lancashire.
Then in 2011 he lost control of the car on a slippery bend on the A605 near Peterborough and smashed into a tree.
The second crash ended in what is thought to be Britain’s highest single-car insurance payout, with McLaren’s bill for rebuilding the vehicle coming in at £900,000. It also pushed up Atkinson’s annual insurance premium to an estimated £60,000.
Atkinson put the car up for sale after an expensive divorce from his wife of 23 years. The McLaren F1 is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable collector’s cars: last year a red version was sold in California for £5.36m.