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Sir Paul McCartney’s Aston DB5 for sale
An Aston Martin DB5 originally owned by Sir Paul McCartney is set to go under the hammer today – and is expected to sell for well over £300,000.
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was ordered by the famous Beatle just before the band set off on their first world tour; fittingly McCartney’s original order even included the option of an in-car record player.
The DB5 has been fully certificated by British Motor Industry Heritage Trust as being Sir Paul’s former car: it shows build was completed on 3 July 1964 and delivered to McCartney on 22 September 1964.
Sir Paul drove the DB5 for around six years and, although his later DB6 was more frequently seen in the tabloids, this model has also been marked in history. Indeed, it is even mentioned in a 1967 Time magazine profile of the musical genius.
Impressively, records show McCartney also clocked up around 40,000 miles in the Aston Martin before selling it in 1970.
Being a 1964 model, the DB5 packs a 280hp 4.0-litre straight-six engine. Sierra Blue was McCartney’s chosen body colour, which was fully replicated in 2002 when the car underwent a full restoration.
During this overhaul, the original black leather was replicated – sadly, without the original ‘musical note’ pattern created especially for Sir Paul. A sample of this material is instead included with the documentation of the car.
The auction takes place today at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park. Auctioneers RM Auctions are expecting a minimum sale price of £300,000, and say it could nudge £380,000.
Given how the DB5 is already the most famous Aston in the world AND the star of the latest Skyfall Bond movie, we don’t doubt their estimate. With the famous ownership and immaculate condition of this car, the sky really is the limit…
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