Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson has revealed his car insurance company had to spend $1.4 million repairing his cherished McLaren F1 supercar after he slammed it into a tree.
The 58-year-old English comic actor crashed the high-powered sports car near Cambridgeshire, not far from his home, in August 2011.
A photo of the wreckage, in which Atkinson fractured his shoulder blade, has since spread around the internet.
But the crash also raised a dilemma for his insurance provider: was it cheaper to repair or replace such an expensive vehicle?
The call to replace it was made only after McLaren's expert technicians spent more than a year with the damaged supercar, Atkinson told this month's edition of Classic and Sports Car magazine.
McLaren has manufactured just 64 F1s since production began in 1992.
Atkinson, a car enthusiast, bought his for $980,000 in 1997, he said.
But the value of McLaren F1s has soared over the past 15 years, with one selling last year for $5.3 million.
The actor said getting behind the wheel of his McLaren 16 months after the crash was like "putting on a familiar sweater."
"The McLaren is just so usable, it is a crime not to use it. No gritted teeth, you just get in and drive," he was quoted as saying.
Source: Classic and Sports Car magazine
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley