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No, the battered Mini hasn’t been swapped for a more robust Defender in the famous comedy series – rather the character’s real life alter-ego Rowan Atkinson, has decided to offer his rare Defender up for sale at an upcoming auction.

The model is very special because it’s a Defender 90 Heritage – one of the limited edition versions introduced by Land Rover to celebrate the iconic model as it went out of production last year. It comes with a Grasmere Green body hue, a white roof, bespoke grille and HUE 166 graphics – a direct reference to the first pre-production Series I Land Rover made in 1947. A mere 400 examples were manufactured in Solihull with prices kicking off at £27,800. It was joined by the Adventure (£43,495) and Autobiography (£61,845) editions.

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This unit was sold to Atkinson on November 28, 2015, and has since clocked just 2,260 miles (3,637 kilometers) on the odometer – Mr Bean’s green Mini with a black bonnet and unique door lock wasn’t the inspiration this time. Instead Atkinson’s Defender has an upgraded sound system, mud flaps, a tow bar and a bespoke dog guard. It will go under the hammer at the Silverstone Classic festival July 29-30, with a price that’s not really out of reach, at estimates of £38,000 to £45,000.