A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 first owned by Paul McCartney may fetch between $2.1 million and $2.5 million CDN when it goes under the hammer at a Bonhams sale in early December, the auction house says.
A car like this, which just came off a like-new concours restoration this year and has logged just 2,600 miles (1,615 km) since, would typically fetch about $1,750,000, but its remarkable pedigree – it was bought new, and driven for six years, by McCartney, and was once owned by BBC personality Chris Evans – definitely adds some value.
McCartney originally ordered the car – weeks after the Beatle’s famed Ed Sullivan Show appearance, and just before their summer 1964 world tour – in a dark Sierra Blue with a black leather interior trimmed with music notes. It had undergone a cosmetic restoration but still appeared as such when Evans, the sixth owner, sold it in 2012 to the collector who commissioned the recent restoration.
The car now wears a James Bond-imitating Silver Birch and appears in better-than-factory-but-original-appearing condition.
If that’s a bit too rich for your blood, the same auction will also feature a custom-bodied 1966 Austin Mini hatchback conversion bought new by Ringo Starr, which is expected to clear about $150,000 to $200,000.
This “Rolls-Royce of Minis” has been modified by coachbuilders Hooper and Harold Radford, per Starr’s wishes, so that a full drum kit can be fit in the back. The Austin also got a two-tone paint job, hood louvers, fender flares, and Beetle taillights. It’s being offered in not-quite-concours shape – some re-wiring of the electrics is suggested – by its owner of 40 years.
The appropriately named Bond Street Sale will happen December 2 in London.