Classic cars are purchases of passion: Bonhams
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The Mr Bean star has owned the iconic V8 model since 2006 and has been driven by him across a range of historic motoring events over the past 15 years. The model has undergone a recent upgrade with £7,172 worth of enhancements made on the model in 2018 by John Freeman Racing.
A new radiator was installed alongside fresh aluminium bumpers.
Work was also carried out on the car’s brakes and engine cooling system.
The model is finished in a classic period Turquoise design making it stand out on a race track or the road.
Unlike many historic racing cars, the model has the added benefit of being completely road registered.
This ensures the car can compete in historic rally events while also making it a possibility for tours, road trips and days out.
Silverstone Auctions says the cars sears belts and fire extinguisher are all brand new and still in date for modern use.
Included in the package are a set of spare wheels, tyres, a differential and a set of body moulds to be used in the event of damage.
However, the model does require a fresh MOT to be driven on the road and new FIOA papers before it can see track action.
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The model has not been used in 2019 and 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but Silverstone Auctions said there was “no known reason” why the car would not immediately re-qualify for use.
Silverstone Auctions said: “It is a super thing and clearly has lived a pampered life with a limited number of events undertaken given the workload and limited time availability of the current owner.
“The price guide today is realistic, allowing a new owner some room to update the car and once again make it a competitive proposition on the track.
“Well engineered, dramatically presented and with celebrity provenance, this is a splendidly timed opportunity with the start of the season just around the corner.”
The model has an estimated guide price of between £55,000 and £65,000 making it ideal for collectors or historic racers.
Silverstone Auctions said the model can be used for a variety of historic motorsport series such as races organised by the HSCC and HRDC.
The car will also be eligible for Masters Historic Racing Series events and has previously been driven during the Silverstone Classic and Goodwood Revival.
Mr Atkinson is a regular attendee of historic racing events and owns a range of iconic classics such as a 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage and a 1997 Mclaren F1.
He also owns a fully restored 1939 BMW 328 which won the famous Mille Miglia race
Gary Dunne, Sales Controller for Silverstone Auctions said it was a “privilege” to be tasked with selling the legendary TV star’s model.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted to be offering Rowan Atkinson’s 1964 Ford Falcon.
“It is a privilege and real honour to include the Race Car alongside our superb examples.”
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