An Aston Martin DB5 first owned by the Beatle’s Paul McCartney sold at RM Auctions last night for £307,000.
All things Aston Martin at the moment seem to be James Bond related with the latest Bond film – SKYFALL – hitting cinemas and the iconic Aston Martin DB5 back on the big screen as Bond revisits his roots.
But if there’s a UK ‘franchise’ that’s bigger even than Bond, it’s the Beatles. And Bond and the Beatles came together last night at R.M. Auction’s London sale when a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 first owned by Paul McCartney went under the hammer.
The 1964 DB5 was ordered by McCartney before the Beatles embarked on their world tour in 1964 (which, if nothing else, shows how soon the Beatles started to have access to serious funds) and was completed by Aston Martin on 3rd July 1964.
As befits one of the most famous musicians of all time, McCartney specified his DB5 with a raft of options including the selectaride rear shockers, chrome wire wheels and a leather interior which had musical notes stitched in. He also specced the DB5 with a Motorola radio and a state of the art record player – a Philips Auto-Mignon record player that could spin a 45rpm vinyl record on the move.
Paul’s car has received some TLC in recent years with a complete cosmetic restoration – and a coat of original colour Sierra Blue – plus some fettling of the brakes and cylinder head. It sold to its lucky new owner for £307,000.
A new owner who has managed to grab himself a really iconic piece of motoring, film and music history. We reckon his money is safe.