The Johnny English star brought the MCLaren F1 for $864,000 (£540,000) in 1997 and it was first involved in a minor scrape in 1999. However, in 2011, it was was almost destroyed when Atkinson lost control while driving in England and crashed into a hedge, causing the car to burst into flames.

The vehicle was repaired after he received a hefty $1.5 million (£910,000) insurance payout, thought to be the highest ever single car claim, and Atkinson listed his MCLaren for sale in January (15).

It has now been sold for a reported $12.8 million.

A representative for car dealership Taylor & Crawley tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Everyone is very pleased with the sale. There was interest from around the world... It is one of the biggest ever deals in the U.K. Rowan is pleased but also maybe a bit sad as he did 40,000 miles in it."