After covering some of the car collections of well-known British-origin celebrities, we take a look at the car collection of another one: Rowan Atkinson. Well-known for his role as Mr.Bean and Johnny English, the actor has over the years amassed a net worth of around $150 million. Apart from his interests in dancing and traveling, the comedian also has a knack for collecting cars and racing as well.

Rowan Atkinson is a screenwriter, actor, and comedian known for his work in Mr.Bean and Blackadder. The famous personality has had a unique collection of cars over the years, out of which he sold a few at auctions and kept the remaining. Atkinson also featured on the British Television show Top Gear, where he raced a lap around the Top Gear test track in Surrey and had a time of 1.42.2 in a Kia Cee’d. That speaks a lot about his skills, and his choice of cars surely does back it up.


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10. 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint:

We start our list with the 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint model. The Sprint model was a racecar that he purchased in 2006 and sold at an auction in 2021. The car went for around $77,000 or £56,250 through Silverstone Auctions. Atkinson extensively used the car on the track, and also had a head-on collision in the same car at the Goodwood Revival’s Shelby Cup race that took place in 2014.

1964 Ford Falcon Sprint

Specs

Price

$77,000 (sold at auction)

Engine

4.7-Liter V8

Horsepower

164 hp

Torque

N/A

Transmission

4-speed manual

Exterior Color

Turquoise

Despite being a head-on crash, the damage to the car was minor. The Sprint model featured a 4.7L V8 engine instead of the regular 2.4L I-6 engine in the standard Falcon. It is said that the Sprint car also served as the base for the Ford Mustang that came out in 1964. The 1963 model was the second-generation Falcon, and after the launch of the Mustang, the V8-equipped model failed to garner good sales figures as the Mustang was a newer and better option.

9. 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E:

The 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E W124.036 model was auctioned by the actor sometime in 2018, along with the 1989 Lania Thema 8.32 car. The auction was a no reserve auction, and there is no information available on how much the car sold for. However, the 1993 500E was available in the U.S. at an MSRP of $81,800. The most this 1993 car has fetched at an auction is $100,800. 

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

Specs

Price

$81,800 (sale price in the U.S.)

Engine

5.0-Liter V8

Horsepower

322 hp

Torque

354 lb-ft

Transmission

4-speed automatic

Exterior Color

Silver

The 500E was Atkinson’s third Mercedes after the W100 600 model and the W116 6.9 model. Atkinson’s car was a left-hand drive model that was imported from Japan. When it went for the auction, the car had an odometer reading of close to 50,000 miles. Mercedes claimed the car accelerated from 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph. The 500E was built as a rival to the BMW M5.


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8. 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT:

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT owned by Rowan was the coupe version that was priced at an MSRP of $202,000. Finished in a red, this car is still a part of the actor’s collection. Being a low-slung gullwing door car, it seemed hard for the tall man to enter and exit the car. Rowan was snapped cruising in the right-hand-drive car in London in late 2014.

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Specs

Price

$202,000

Engine

6.3-Liter V8

Horsepower

583 hp

Torque

479 lb-ft

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Exterior Color 

Red

The 2014 SLS AMG GT sprinted from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and had a top speed of 197 mph. The car returned a fuel economy of 13 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg, combined. In 2014, Mercedes-Benz added the Black Series to the model line. The year 2014 was the last year for the SLS AMG GT and the 6.3L V8 engine.

7. 2002 Honda NSX:

A unique car in Atkinson’s collection is the 2002 Honda NSX. This car is still a part of his collection, but excellent condition models can fetch a high auction value of $205,000. Atkinson’s car is finished in a Blue shade on the outside. The NSX owned by him was a first-generation coupe model.

2002 Acura NSX

Specs

Price

$205,000 (auction value)

Engine

3.2-Liter V6

Horsepower

290 hp

Torque

224 lb-ft

Transmission

6-speed manual

Exterior Color

Blue

According to sources, the “NSX” in the name stands for New Sportscar eXperimental. Honda sold the NSX for around 15 years, wherein globally close to 18,000 units were sold. The car redlined at 8,300 rpm and had a top speed of 175 mph. The NSX that is a part of Rowan’s garage is a facelifted model that featured fixed headlights and stiffer spring rates. 


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6. 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage:

Rowan Atkinson has had a couple of Aston Martin cars in his collection, the 1977 V8 Vantage being the first one. This car became a part of his collection sometime in March 1984, and he was the third owner. The 1977 Vantage is currently up for auction with an estimated price range from $180,000 to $220,000. The car was originally a left-hand drive model, that was converted to a right-hand drive vehicle sometime after he bought it.

1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Specs

Price

$180,000-$220,000 (up for sale)

Engine

5.3-Liter V8

Horsepower

390 hp

Torque

406 lb-ft

Transmission

5-speed manual

Exterior Color

Imperial Burgundy

The V8 Vantage in 1978 became the fastest accelerating production car in the world with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph. This specific car, along with the Burgundy color also gets magnolia trim. The engine number is not known, but the chassis number originally was 12319. After being converted as a right-hand-drive model, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) changed the chassis number as well.

5. 2014 Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Edition:

The Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Edition is one of the most exotic and rare cars in Atkinson’s collection. It is not known when he acquired the car, or how much he paid for it. However, a regular Mulsanne costs around $300,000, and a completely customized car can cost around $375,000. Also, the Mulliner Mulsanne model, limited to 5 units were priced at $500,000, so it’s fair to say that the Birkin Edition would have had an MSRP of around $450,000.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Edition

Specs

Price

$450,000 (estimated price)

Engine

Twin-turbocharged 6.75-Liter V8

Horsepower

505 hp

Torque

752 lb-ft

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Exterior Color

White

The Birkin Edition was exclusive to the European market, and only 22 models were made. Bentley offered this car in only three colors: Ghost White, the monochromatic Damson color, and the two-tone Dark Sapphire and Fountain Blue shade. This model is named after Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin, the Third Baronet. He was a famous racer from the United Kingdom and raced for Bentley.


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4. 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead:

Another rare luxury car in Rowan’s collection is the 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. The actor reportedly paid $500,000 for this particular model, and his car is finished in the North Shore Blue color. Now there are many car buyers who have a Phantom Drophead, but none of them feature a 9.0L V16 engine, and that is what makes it extremely rare. The standard Phantom Drophead on the other hand used a 6.75L V12 engine.

2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Specs

Price

$500,000

Engine

9.0-Liter V16

Horsepower

N/A

Torque

N/A

Transmission

N/A

Exterior Color

North Shore Blue

Rolls-Royce did not divulge any details about the car’s power and torque figures or the transmission unit that was coupled to the V16 engine. The V16 engine was used on the early prototypes of the Phantom, but Rolls-Royce dropped the idea later on. Might be because of the fuel economy issues that can pop up with the V16. 

3. 1939 BMW 328 Roadster:

The 1939 BMW 328 Roadster car owned by Atkinson is no standard model: Its the same car that won the Mille Miglia race. The car is wrapped in a silver exterior finish, and the actor was spotted in the car at the 2011 1000 Miglia race that took place on May 13. Rowan still owns this car, but there is no information on how much he paid for it. However, for a better understanding, even a standard 328 roadster fetches as high as $621,000 at auctions.

1939 BMW 328 Roadster

Specs

Price

$621,000

Engine

1.9-Liter I-6

Horsepower

79 hp

Torque

N/A

Transmission

4-speed manual

Exterior Color

Race Color

The Roadster model was made in production from 1936 to 1940, and BMW made a total of 646 units. The car featured an aluminum body with a steel ladder frame and just weighed in at 1,830 lbs. This gave the car a top speed of 93 mph back then. The 328 model was quite closely related to the 326 and the 319/1 BMW cars, as it borrowed a lot of its mechanical sub-assemblies from them. Fun fact: the 326 was the first four-door sedan from BMW. 


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2. 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato:

This Aston Martin has quite a story behind it. Atkinson purchased this car for a reported price of $670,000, and then immediately got performance modifications done on it from Aston Martin Works Service. The modifications rebuilt the car as an AMOC C2 Class category race car which cost around $300,000, thus giving the car a total price close to a million. However, Rowan sold it for $162,323, a huge loss considering the investment. 

1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato

Specs

Price

$670,000 (reported buying price)

Engine

5.3-Liter V8

Horsepower

482 hp

Torque

412 lb-ft

Transmission

N/A

Exterior Color

Gladiator Red

Rowan raced the car a couple of times, and also crashed it once. After he sold it, the car was retired from competitions. The car has a chassis number of 20013 and came with the tan hide on the inside. This was the only Zagato that Aston Martin Works ever modified. Later on, in 2016, Nicholas Mee and Co modified the car to make it less track-spec and more road-spec, and then it was sold for £253,500 or $335,000.

1. 1997 McLaren F1:

The 1997 McLaren F1 sports car tops our list of the most expensive cars in Rowan Atkinson’s collection. The car recently sold for a sky-high price of $12.2 million at an auction. Atkinson’s car comes finished in a Dark Burgundy exterior color, and back then the actor purchased the brand-new one for around a million dollars (USD). During his ownership, he drove the car for over 41,000 miles. 

1997 McLaren F1

Specs

Price

$12.2 million (auction value)

Engine

6.1-Liter V12

Horsepower

618 hp

Torque

479 lb-ft

Transmission

6-speed manual

Exterior Color

Dark Burgundy

The F1 sports car was limited to 106 cars, and the actor’s car reads out chassis number 061. This was the 49th car that Rowan acquired in March of 1997. The car’s number plate reads out P380 GJM. The actor crashed the car two times, a minor accident in 1999, and a serious one in 2011. The 2011 crash cost close to 1.4 million USD in total, during which the engine separated from the chassis. During the accident, Atkinson also broke his shoulder blade.


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