ICONS: PAUL MCCARTNEY'S DB5
Quintensially British is the only way to describe Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5. McCartney’s classic British sports car, famed for being driven by James Bond, will go up for auction at Bonham’s Bond Street, London auction house in December. The car was also formerly owned by Top Gear host Chris Evans.
McCartney is said to have purchased the brand new DBS shortly after The Beatles’ landmark appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and after completing the Hard Day’s Night Movie. The car itself, aside from its evident elegance, has a few personal touches from the Beatles singer-songwriter that includes a Philips Auto-Mignon automotive record player and musical notes rumored to be hidden in the leather interior. McCartney kept the car until around 1970, during which he drove it about 40,000 miles, since then, it has changed hands multiple times and has undergone numerous restorations. The most recent of which began in 2013 and saw the car’s color change to silver and the luxurious interior reworked to dark red. The restoration also saw the engine upgraded from 4.0 to 4.2 liters — resulting in a boost in horsepower from 282 to 315.
The auction, that occurs on December 2 in London, is estimated to see the car reach between $1.6 million USD and $2 million USD, so start saving