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by Adam Lynton
Two colossuses of 1960s Britain united for a brief spell, and now this 1964 Aston Martin DB5, originally owned by Sir Paul McCartney, is up for auction.
This beautiful example of Aston's most iconic model was originally ordered by legendary Beatles singer-songwriter Sir Paul McCartney in 1964. This month it will head to RM Auction's London Auction where over 90 collector cars will be crossing the auction block. Finished in Sierra Blue paint with a black leather interior, the DB5, whose reputation as one of the world's most renowned cars was helped in no small part to its association with James Bond, was powered by a 280-horsepower 4.0-liter inline-six mated to a five-speed manual.
As you'd expect, Sir Paul ordered some desirable options for his DB5, including chrome wire wheels, a Motorola radio, and fittingly for a rock star, a Philips Auto-Mignon dashboard record player in an age long before tape decks, CD players or iPod connectors. The interior leather also originally included musical note patterns in the stitching, a sample of which remains with the car should the new owner wish to recreate the original McCartney livery. Delivered on 22 September 1964, the musician went on to drive his "spiffy blue Aston Martin DB5" for six years, changing hands for the first time in 1970.
Most recently it was sold to a British collector, who commissioned Walter Baroni of Milan to perform an extensive cosmetic restoration including repainting the car in its original color and installing a proper new grey interior. RM Auctions estimates a bid in the region of £300,000-£380,000 will be required to take home the rare, exquisitely restored, collectible grand tourer and unique item of Beatles memorabilia when it goes under the hammer on 31 October in London. (Photos by Simon Clay, courtesy of RM Auctions.)