Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.
Actor, comedian and gearhead Rowan Atkinson is parting ways with his 1993 Lancia HF Integrale Evo II. The hot hatchback is being offered by Silverstone Auctions with an estimated hammer price of $80,000 – $92,000 (£65,000 – £75,000).
Atkinson rose to prominence with his roles in the TV series “Black Adder” (1983-1989) and “Mr. Bean” (1990-1995). He has had an extensive movie career and was named one of the 50 funniest actors in British history by The Observer. Atkinson is also a devout car collector (his collection once included a McLaren F1) and weekend racing driver with an unfortunate tendency to have the occasional shunt.
This dark blue Lancia offered at Silverstone is one of 4,233 1993 Lancia HF Integrale EVO IIs built for the global market. This 56,000-mile (90,000-km) example features a two-liter, 16-valve turbo inline-four with three-way catalytic converter, lambda probe and new Marelli integrated engine control system. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
“Originally supplied to Japan, this car was then selected and imported back to the UK in 2011 with all duties paid,” Silverstone Auction’s listing states. “It had been chosen for its rare colour of Lord Blue which is extremely smart and also its comprehensive Japanese service history. The interior of this particular car is also immaculate with the Tan Alcantara high-back seats still looking like new. Maintained professionally on an annual basis in the UK, the car had covered just over 87,000km (54,000 miles) when, back in May 2021, it was purchased by well known comedian, actor and long time petrol head, Rowan Atkinson CBE.”
Atkinson’s 1993 Lancia HF Integrale Evo II is available for sale on February 25, 2023, at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Show in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.