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Mr. Bean’s Car

Posted by charlesdowney on April 4, 2008

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The Mini was a cultural icon and shows up in movies such as The Italian Job (1969), in which 3 Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s are used in a gold bullion robbery; in The Bourne Identity (2002) as a beat-up but surprisingly capable vehicle for a car chase; or in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) as a collectible fashion icon garaged alongside other classic sports cars. It has also featured in television shows such as (as the Mini Moke) in The Prisoner and Mr. Bean.

Mr. Bean’s car, a late 1970s MK IV British Leyland Mini 1000, developed a character of sorts. At first, an orange 1969 Morris Mini MK II (registration RNT 996H, although the body of the car was actually from an MK1 car of 1963/64) was Mr. Bean’s vehicle of choice, but this was destroyed in a crash at the end of the first episode. From then on, the car was a 1977 model (registration SLW 287R), luminous lime green in colour with a black bonnet. It made its first appearance in “The Curse of Mr. Bean”. The Mini was central to several antics, such as Mr. Bean getting dressed in it while driving or steering it while sitting in an armchair strapped to the roof. It also had a number of innovative security measures; Mr. Bean fitted the door with a bolt-latch and padlock, rather than use the lock fitted on the car, and he always removed the steering wheel instead of the key, which formed a running joke in several episodes, at one point deterring a car thief. In Mr. Bean Rides Again, he also hid the ignition key under the car bonnet, the key for the bonnet was kept in the boot, the key for the boot was attached to the sun visor above the driver’s seat. The key to the car door was the only key Bean kept with him. The car, confused with another demonstration car of the exact same model (registration ACW 497V), was crushed by a tank in “Back to School, Mr. Bean”, but returned in later episodes, perhaps having actually been the identical demonstration car from that point on. Mr. Bean always checks his Mini Cooper Parts before he used it on a shoot.

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One Response to “Mr. Bean’s Car”

  1. jennivel said

    Nice blog huh! I like mr. Bean’s car too.. I’m just curios if it has an GMC AC Condenser?

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