If you thought Rowan Atkinson tooled around town in an armchair attached to the roof of a Mini then you’re in for a shock, because this comedic legend seriously knows his cars.
In 1983, Atkinson appeared in one of his most iconic projects, a TV show called Blackadder. After a few seasons, he soon stepped into his most memorable role, Mr Bean. In 2003, he began the Johnny English movie series. Following the first film’s success, there was Johnny English Strikes Back and Johnny English Strikes Again. With a net worth of USD$150 million, all those Blackadder box sets, Mr Bean reruns, and Johnny English receipts, this is what the royalties were spent on.
Look closely at the photograph. Yes, that’s Rowan Atkinson driving around in a McLaren F1. Unfortunately, he crashed this car twice and had them repaired for USD$1 Million each time, before finally selling it off.
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Atkinson’s 1939 BMW is the most significant of its era. It won the Mille Miglia, the most fearsome road race of them all. It was driven by Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer, who both raced under the swastika. This car is, as you would expect, restored to within an inch of its life. Please, Rowan, for god’s sake, don’t ding this one.
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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato
Atkinson purchased this car back in 1998, and he had the car modified to compete in the Aston Martin Owners Club Series. The total cost for the rebuild supposedly cost more than he paid for the actual car. After three years, Atkinson decided to withdraw from racing and he sold his Zagato.
Who would’ve thought the Johnny English star was once a racer? Like us, we didn’t think the 2021 Aston Martin DBX would’ve been that nice. Like, scary nice.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Who knew Mr Bean had a thirst for speed? Needing something fun to drive after selling his McLaren F1 supercar, Atkinson purchased this Mercedes Benz SLS AMG complete with gull wings. Under its large bonnet sits a V8 with an output of 583 horsepower. Still a car with sass and class, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a car still capable of turning heads.
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Atkinson also owned a first-generation Acura NSX in Electric Blue. The car is powered by a V6 engine but had plenty of power on tap as an everyday driver. Supposedly, this car is one that he has held on to thus far.
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Some car enthusiasts who value speed and performance shun eco-friendly cars. Atkinson is different though, he was once spotted driving his BMW i3 around London before. While some car enthusiasts wouldn’t be caught dead on, Atkinson takes the high road, showing he’s willing to embrace the future of automobiles.
CarBuyer covered an article on the BMW i3 and it made perfect sense why British comedian Atkinson decided to give this car the green light.
1981 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Although it might seem like a no-brainer that the guy who plays a comedic version of 007 bought a slightly different version of a Bond car, Atkinson acquired his in 1984 as the car’s third owner. While Timothy Dalton’s James Bond drove a Q Branch custom V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights, Atkinson opted for the standard 5.3-litre V8 coupe. Fans of the Johnny English movies will note the hapless MI7 agent drives a 1984 Vantage in Johnny English Strikes Again. Yup, that’s Atkinson’s personal Aston.
Another car that seems to have struck again is The Mini John Cooper Works. After a Version 2 facelift in what could be the Mini four-cylinder turbo engine’s last hurrah. Read all about it in this article.
Fast cars aside, Rowan Atkinson also owned a Skoda Superb back in 2011. Surprisingly, at the time he got the sedan, its price was equivalent to USD$26,000 nowadays. Even it is not from a luxury sky-high priced car like the rest of his collection, it is still a practical car for the daily driving tasks.
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Being a celebrity, it’s a must to own a luxury car for family trips. Atkinson was once spotted with his daughter Lily in his A8 as they were catching a bite in the city’s capital.
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