Rowan Atkinson’s Mercedes 500E, Lancia Thema 8.32 Going Under The Hammer

Missed the chance to bid on Atkinson’s McLaren F1? Don’t worry as the famous actor is auctioning two more cars from his personal collection, including a 1993 Mercedes 500E and a 1989 Lancia Thema.

After selling a limited 2015 Land Rover Defender a few months ago, Atkinson is now ready to part ways with not one but two of his personal modern classics.

The first one is a lovely Mercedes 500E that’s described to be in outstanding condition, having covered just 85,000km (53k miles). This is the second 500E owned by the famous comedian.

The interior of the 500E features grey cloth upholstery, preferred by Atkinson over the standard leather, as well as walnut trim and a leather steering wheel. The exterior silver paint job is said to be in excellent condition.

The second modern classic is a rare Lancia Thema 8.32 Series 1, which became widely known for the 32-valve Ferrari V8 that’s hiding under the bonnet. Less than 20 examples are currently registered in the UK, making this a proper classic rarity.

Rowan had this Lancia in his ownership for the past seven years and had a considerable sum spent on it for maintenance and various improvements.

The two cars will be auctioned at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Classic Car Sale on February 24.


  • Christian Wimmer

    The Lancia Thema 8.32 requires a new timing belt every 20,000 km. It’s part of the normal maintenance procedure (the engine is from Ferrari). I hope people will understand this before buying such a car and then expecting it to go 39848554958445984598495 miles without a problem… :p

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Sounds like fleecing of their customers to me.

      • Christian Wimmer

        Italian exotics of that era were high maintenance. There’s just no way around it.

        I’m just happy there are real enthusiasts out there who are willing to put up with that and keep these cars on the road. I love cars, but if I were to own a classic I would want something practical which does not need to be worked on every weekend.

    • Vassilis

      I think anyone who buys a classic Lancia doesn’t expect it to be particularly reliable :p

      • Christian Wimmer

        True. 😀

      • Or didn’t rust… well in fact whole Fiat products, damn those Eastern Bloc steels.

  • I totally love Thema 8.32, Retractable spoiler, Ferrari engine? Count me in.

    And anorak fact, Thema 8.32 was popular in Switzerland, apparently do to their reputation as getaway car for Bankers.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      What did bankers need to get away from, deposit slips?

      • It’s an anecdote from a magazine, they said from underworld figure :P, bankers life must be stressful.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      autocorrect, huh?

  • Thomas

    Lancia, please !

  • TheHake

    Damn I want that 500E!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bash

      Over my dead body!

      • TheHake

        Challenge accepted. Only… I can’t afford to buy it. 🙁

  • fabri99

    The things I’d do for a Thema 8.32…

  • Kagan

    And the steering is on the rigth side!

    • BobV12

      Right as in left or rigth as in wrong ? 😀

      • Kagan

        Rigth as in wrong of course.

  • Vassilis

    I hope he isn’t in any particular financial trouble…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Interesting cars.

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