A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 once owned by Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is to go under the hammer at Bonhams forthcoming Bond Street auction on 2nd December 2017.
In 1964 the Beatles had just finished filming A Hard Day’s Night and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, ahead of a world tour that would see them become the biggest band in music history. McCartney rewarded himself by ordering an Aston Martin DB5. It was fitted out with a Philips record player and a musical note pattern stitched into the leather upholstery – the musical note upholstery is now long gone.
In the same year, McCartney wrote Baby You Can Drive My Car. With the registration plate ‘64 MAC’ McCartney kept the DB5 for six years covering over 40,000 miles.
The Aston Martin DB5 was made famous by super spy James Bond with its screen debut in Goldfinger. It subsequently starred in Thunderball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and the last Bond movie Spectre. The DB5 made famous by Bond was equipped with assorted gadgets. These included machine guns, ejector seat, bullet shield, oil sprayers and extendable wheel centre spinners.
The ex-Beatle Aston Martin DB5 last sold in 2012 for close to AUD$600,000. Since then it has undergone a restoration including, 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.
Five years later, the rarity of original and clean DB5s and added provenance of it being owned by Paul McCartney, it has a price guide of AUD$2.0 – AUD$2.5 million.
Click here to visit the Bonhams’ auction listing for the ex-Beatle Paul McCartney Aston Martin DB5.