Fittingly, this slice of 1960s Britannia comes to you on the fiftieth anniversary of the film debut of Her Majesty’s Not-So-Secret-Secret-Agent. It is an Aston Martin DB5, and it is going under the hammer at RM Auctions’ Battersea sale next month.
Oh, and it was first owned by another 60s Brit icon: Sir Paul McCartney. How’s that for celebrity provenance?
It’s the second time his old Aston DB5 has come up for auction; a car he ordered prior to The Beatles’ 1964 world tour, and one which the British Industry Heritage Trust can confirm was first registered to Sir Paul himself. Apparently, the factory record states this Aston was built on 3 July and dispatched to Sir Paul’s accountants on 22 September with a bundle of factory-fitted extras including Selectaride suspension, a Motorola radio, chrome wire wheels and a Philips Auto-Mignon record player. That’s right, a record player. Scratchy.
While the interior may have hosted the knighted buttocks of a national treasure, that engine bay hosted a 4.0-litre straight-six Aston unit developing just over 280bhp, capable of accelerating to 60mph in around seven seconds, while hitting a top speed of 150mph.
It’ll go up for auction with an expected price tag of around £400,000 at the Battersea auction next month (don’t forget George Harrison’s old DB5 fetched £350k a few years back), so feel free to fill in your most outlandish and cheesy Beatle-themed driving puns below. But tell us this - is it the coolest ex-Beatle owned motor? After all, Ringo Starr used to roll around in a black Mercedes 190E AMG, John Lennon ordered that psychedelic Rolls-Royce Phantom V, while George Harrison not only owned an Aston, but a Ferrari 365 GTC too.