Rowan Atkinson pictured in the advert for his McLaren F1. See swns story SWROWAN. Rowan Atkinson has made a multi-million profit after selling the £8 million supercar he famously crashed twice in one of the UKs biggest ever deals. The comic actor bought his beloved McLaren F1 in 1997 for around £540,000 – a staggering figure at the time. In 2011, after crashing into a hedge in Oxfordshire, his insurance company was handed what a £910,000 repair bill in what is thought to be the biggest ever single car insurance claim. But while most cars would lose value when they are involved in a serious crash, the 240mph F1 is different and its price has continued to rise.Atkinson recently decided it was time to sell up after the F1 became a thing of value so he put it on the market with specialist car dealer Taylor & Crawley.David Clark, boss of Taylor & Crawley and the man who sold Atkinson the F1, confirmed he has sold it. He said: Everyone is very pleased with the sale. There was interest from around the world and it has gone to a British buyer who will drive it like Rowan did.It is one of the biggest ever deals in the UK. Rowan is pleased, but also maybe a bit sad as he did 40,000 miles in it.Mr Clark, a former sales and marketing director at McLaren, would not reveal the price paid by the unknown Brit.