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Old 02-08-2013, 09:05 AM
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Giant bill for fixing Rowan Atkinson's McLaren



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LONDON -- (AP) 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 ($1,400,000) to get his supercar up and running after a 2011 crash in which he badly injured a shoulder.
The car makes extensive use of carbon fiber and needed specialist care.
Ben Stagg, with insurer RK Harrison, said Friday that repairing a carbon fiber vehicle is time-consuming. The gold used in the engine bay adds to the costs, he said.
The car insurance settlement is one of the largest in British history.
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AUTOS: McLaren F1 Price Tag: $5.58m
British dealer sells one of the rare, ultra-exotic supercars...
Viknesh Vijayenthiran | Luxury Car news, reviews, spy shots, photos, and videos - MotorAuthority | Posted November 12, 2012 London (GB)





A roadgoing McLaren F1 was spotted a few years back taking part in the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. (Photo: Wouter Melissen/Ultimate Car Page)




When it comes to rare cars, few are harder to come by than the McLaren F1 supercar. The F1 is one the best performance cars on the planet, even two decades after its launch, and finding one up for sale is next to impossible.

Only 106 examples were ever created during the car’s five-year production run, and of those only 72 were built for the road. The rest were race cars.

If you’re wondering how much a McLaren F1 would sell for in today’s market, a price of around 3.5 million pounds (approximately $5.58 million) is a good starting point. That’s the price that famous British supercar dealer Tom Hartley recently sold one for.

The car was a pristine silver example owned by the son of Tom Hartley’s founder, reports The Sun (via TopSpeed). It features a 6.1-liter V12 engine rated at 627 horsepower, and accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.

Buying a McLaren F1 means you enter a very exclusive club, which includes the likes of Jay Leno and Rowan Atkinson. A successor, the McLaren P1, is due out next year.

Other cars up for sale on the Tom Hartley website at the time of writing include a Ferrari F40 with just 3,865 miles on the clock, and a 2007 Porsche Carrera GT with only 600 miles. The latter seems like a bargain at just 335,000 pounds ($533,911).

This story originally appeared at Motor Authority
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Here at Eurotive, we’re not exactly big fans of Dubai super car owners pouring molten gold over their Bugattis and Ferraris. But we’ve got to admit, seeing gold-plated engine components on the back of this McLaren F1 is quite a sight to behold, especially since now the precious metal serves a purpose other than just being a sign of wealth—to reflect heat. Now, we’re getting somewhere.
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Isn't that what NASA used on the apollo space craft
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i would not put it passed them to use gold on the apollo. tax dollars at work
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Up until this happened we held the world record for the most expesnive single vehicle repair at Aussie Dollars 1,004,000 or about 682,000 UK pounds.

It was also a crashed McLaren F1.

I still have the tool kit from the car and a front and rear wheel as a momento.

Here's the link to our car.

http://www.wreckedexotics.com/mclare...0226_002.shtml

We personally paid 20% of the bill from our own pocket under the terms of our business.
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