For those who hold classic cars and famous motoring enthusiasts in equally high regard, Saturday May 25 will be a date to circle, as a 1991 Mercedes 500 E twice owned by Rowan Atkinson takes centre stage at the next Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale at Warwickshire Event Centre.
Atkinson’s affection for four-wheeled treasures is no secret – his collection has previously featured a McLaren F1 and an Aston Martin V8 Zagato – and his Mercedes, which is being offered without reserve, is a fine example of a car that has been appreciated for its technical capabilities as much as its value as a collector’s item.
Dubbed the ultimate “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, the Mercedes 500 E’s 5.0-litre V8 engine goes from 0 to 62mph in 5.5 seconds, topping out at 161mph, and this particular model is one of only 29 UK-supplied cars in left-hand drive. Atkinson initially had the car for four years after acquiring it in 1991, and it then remained with its second owner until July 2017, when he decided to buy it back.
Alongside Atkinson’s Mercedes will be 149 other lots, including a 1993 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton (estimated at £40,000-£45,000) and a 1991 Jaguar XJ-S 5.3 Cabriolet (£14,000-£18,000), which are also predicted to attract notable interest. The sale will mark CCA’s 19th event since its inaugural auction in March 2015, in which time several other vehicles with celebrity provenance have made their way through its salesroom – notably a Range Rover once owned by David Beckham, which sold for £31,350 in 2015.