Beatle Aston Martin for auction

By: Mark Higgins, Unique Cars magazine

DB5 is one of two desirable Astons on offer at Bond Street sale

Beatle Aston Martin for auction
This DB5 was once owned by Paul McCartney

One of the most celebrated cars owned by one of the world’s most celebrated musicians is to go under the hammer at Bonhams forthcoming Bond Street auction on December 2.

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 once owned by Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

The DB5 was made famous by super spy James Bond with its screen debut in Goldfinger, and subsequently starred in Thunderball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and the last Bond movie Spectre.

It is reported that Sir Paul bought his DB5 in 1964 shortly after finishing making the movie, A Hard Day’s Night and took delivery of it just days after the premiere of Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery as Bond.

Seen by many as one of the most beautiful cars ever made, Sir Paul’s DB5 is fitted with a record player, so you can play your favourite vinyls on a road trip.

With the registration plate 64 MAC McCartney kept the DB5 for six years covering over 40,000 miles.

It last sold in 2012 for close to $600,000 but now, five years later, the rarity of original and clean DB5s and added provenance of it being owned by one of the most famous rock stars in history, it has a price guide of $2.0-$2.5 million.

Back in 1964 McCartney paid the equivalent of $6500 for it.

Since it was last sold the DB5 has undergone a resto, changing the colour to Silver Birch, like the Bond Aston while a red leather interior replaces the previous green. The engine has also been replaced with a more powerful 4.2-litre to give it a top speed of 240km/h. You can see the listing here.

The DB5 made famous by Bond was equipped with assorted gadgets including machine guns, ejector seat, bullet shield, oil sprayers and extendable wheel centre spinners. Whenever the DB5 is seen on British soil it always bears the number plate BMT216A.

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