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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:44 PM

"Mr Bean's" 1.4 million car repair bill



Giant bill for fixing Rowan Atkinson's McLaren

Everyone who's had a fender bender knows the cost of repairs is going up. But few cars can be as costly to fix as "Mr. Bean" actor Rowan Atkinson's rare McLaren F1.

It took more than a year and more than 900,000 pounds ($1.4 million) to get his supercar up and running after a 2011 crash that left Atkinson with a badly damaged shoulder.

The high-performance car makes extensive use of carbon fiber and needed specialist care it took weeks just to get a proper insurance estimate.

Ben Stagg, specialty insurer with RK Harrison, said the quality components used to make an F1 are one reason the repair costs were so high.

"All modern supercars are predominantly carbon fiber most Lamborghinis, most Ferraris and the smallest ding in carbon fiber is a big repair job," he said. "And part of the engine bay is gold, that's the best heat conductor. It's the materials they used compared to everyday cars that make it so expensive."

He said many owners baby their expensive cars, driving them only a few times a year in perfect weather conditions, but Atkinson actually drives his McLaren extensively.

The unusual repair job, thought to involve one of the largest car insurance settlements in British history, is extensively documented in Classic & Sports Car magazine, with a picture of the burgundy McLaren on the cover.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Giant-bill-for-fixing-Rowan-Atkinson-s-McLaren-4262759.php#ixzz2KKZ17I9l

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Reply "Mr Bean's" 1.4 million car repair bill (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 OP
Blue Owl Feb 2013 #1
hootinholler Feb 2013 #2
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #3
snooper2 Feb 2013 #4
oberliner Feb 2013 #5
Rosco T. Feb 2013 #6
KittyWampus Feb 2013 #7
Octafish Feb 2013 #8
Tyrs WolfDaemon Feb 2013 #9
Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 #10
Tyrs WolfDaemon Feb 2013 #12
LanternWaste Feb 2013 #11
Name removed May 2013 #13

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:00 PM

1. He's become the Mr. Bean of the 1%

n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:21 PM

2. What happened to the recliner on the roof?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:24 PM

3. Love his automotive taste...

And much respect for actually driving the thing as the lord intended, instead of letting it sit in a heated, sterile garage 364 days out of the year...

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:06 PM

4. He should have just upgraded





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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:10 PM

5. He is very weird about cars

Owns many expensive ones and makes strange judgments about owners of particular makes and models.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:36 PM

6. He's also a very accomplished driver..

.. he takes care of what he buys, the 1% comment isn't really needed.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:49 PM

7. I appreciate he actually drives the darned thing.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:03 PM

8. The Devil, you say!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:33 PM

9. I'm sure this is just me, but I can't stand the color/paint in the picture

Looks like someone went nuts with some bleaching agent.






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Response to Tyrs WolfDaemon (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:18 PM

10. yeah, it looks bad in the pic. This is what it really looks like (before the repair)

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:11 PM

12. Well the paint job is much better than it looks in the other pic

but I still don't care for it. That's just my personal taste. A deep forest green would have been nice.



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:50 PM

11. I suppose my reaction to his bill would be the approximate same reaction...

I suppose my reaction to his bill would be the approximate same reaction a subsistence farmer from Rwanda would have to my recent $850 mechanic's bill, and I suppose that same farmer would be justified (morally and statistically) to frame me as part of the world's 1%.

His repair bill is about 25 times what I make in a year. My repair bill is about 50 times what the subsistence farmer makes. I'm in no position to judge Mr. Atkinson's sins, as mine are different only by degrees...

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