Rowan Atkinson consigns a pair of cars to Silverstone Auctions

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'Mr. Bean' liked his first 500E so much he bought another one, but now he's selling | Silverstone Auctions photos

British comedian Rowan Atkinson has consigned two vehicles to Silverstone Auctions’s Race Retro Classic Car Sale scheduled for February 24-25.

Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean, Johnny English, the voice of Zazu in The Lion King, etc., is offering up his 1993 Mercedez-Benz 500E and 1989 Lancia Thema. Last year, Atkinson sold his 2015 Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage at a Silverstone sale.

Mercedes has cloth interior

Atkinson’s 500E is a left-drive model with 85,000 kilometers on its odometer. It is the second such car he’s owned. According to Silverstone, Atkinson liked his original car that he purchased in the 1990s, in 2015 he set out to find another just like it.

The car is silver, and has gray cloth upholstery, which Rowan prefers over the usual leather seating surfaces.

The Lancia is an 8.32 Series 1, a rarity, Silverstone notes, with fewer than 20 currently registered in England. The car is red, powered by a 32-valve Ferrari V8, is a left-drive model with beige velour seating. Atkinson has owned the car for seven years.

Both cars are being offered without reserve at the sale at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Atkinson has owned the Lancia for seven years

“Both are particularly fine examples of their marque and built in low numbers in left-hand drive only,” Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions managing director, is quoted in the company’s news release.

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The consignments, he added, offer “the opportunity to own a modern classic with a distinguished past,” and, with no reserve, “possibly for a bargain price.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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