The incredibly amusing performer and smart mind behind Mr Bean are Rowan Atkinson. Millions of fans around the world instantly know his recognisable, expressive face as being a part of their most treasured television moments, especially in the UK. Atkinson, one of the most admired actors to come out of the UK, introduced lighthearted comedy to his fans’ living rooms and swiftly assimilated into the humorous environment that so many people relied upon.
As Atkinson sped his Mini Cooper back and forth in almost every episode, his image quickly became linked to the small classic car. If you can remember, the first mini was an orange 1969 BMC Mini MK II with registration of RNT 996H. Even after years of the television show, Mini classic cars are quite sought after, and you can create your own registration for the name Bean using a personalised number plate search online if you really wanted to.
Furthermore, Rowan Atkinson’s automotive fantasies in the real world much eclipsed the charming Mini Cooper. Below we explore Rowan Atkinson’s (Mr Bean) impressive car collection.
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Possibly a small car, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale. It might look boxy, and in 1989 it cost a lot of money. Despite these drawbacks, Rowan Atkinson is so passionate about his that he even wrote an essay explaining why he would never trade it in for another vehicle. Even Atkinson admits that it isn’t a terrific city car and was originally designed for rallying and racing on the racetrack. Even while it isn’t the flashiest or most costly vehicle in Mr Beans’ collection, it is unquestionably one he appreciates highly!
The 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E is yet another example of a low-key vehicle hiding within Mr Bean’s garage. Funny enough, Rowan Atkinson has sold at least two 500Es, so it’s clear they are among his favourites. Even his modest vehicles have impressive acceleration.
The Rolls-Royce Johnny English Phantom Coupe
Any collection would benefit from the inclusion of the Rolls-Royce Johnny English Phantom Coupe. Atkinson worked behind the scenes to get it included in the second Johnny English movie – which is a comedy spy film.
Perhaps the most infamous vehicle in Atkinson’s collection is the F1. Not only is it the most stunning, but it also turned out to be one of the most expensive vehicles in his fleet to maintain over time. Atkinson had crashed his F1 twice, the first time, he drove it into the back of a Rover Metro, and the second was in 2011, when he injured his shoulder after hitting a road sign and a tree in Cambridgeshire.
He purchased his McLaren F1 in 1997, and according to Carole Nash, he kept it for almost 18 years before putting it up for auction, and it was sold for an enormous £8 million.
Lancia Thema 8.32 Series 1
A sight to behold is Atkinson’s 1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 Series 1. These cars are uncommon for a reason, as they have distinctive styling and interiors that go with them. According to The Sun, Atkinson’s Lancia Thema was unusual for a car from across the pond because it was left-hand drive. Before selling it through Silverstone Auctions to the highest bidder, he had owned it for a total of seven years.
Land Rover Defender 90
Atkinson’s collection demonstrates a wide range of tastes that are not just reserved for sports cars. In his long line of priceless vehicles, his Limited Edition Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage was a tough and distinctive addition. Atkinson was one of the fortunate ones to get a model before it was too late in commemorating the Defender’s long history in the UK.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Atkinson’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is difficult not to like. Atkinson may be seen in a clip from Legendary Car Videos driving about in this red car while sporting a regal demeanour. The gull-wing doors, which take this vehicle to a new degree of elegance, are one of its defining features.
Bentley Mulsanne Birkin-Edition
Although it looks nice pulled up next to the Baftas red carpet, this 2014 limited edition Bentley has a lot more history than other lux-o-barges. The Mulsanne is named after the Le Mans straight, where Bentley won in 1929, 1930, and 1931. It boasts unrivalled comfort and boasts a range of capabilities.
BMW 328 Roadster
This pure classic is a pretty distinctive vehicle that gives Rowan Atkinson’s collection a lot of personalities. This unusual car, one of his most valued assets, was only produced between 1936 and 1940 and had a standard 4-speed manual transmission. Given how uncommon this car is, it’s speculated that Atkinson puts it in storage for special occasions because parts for this exquisite vehicle would not only be costly but also extremely difficult to locate.