Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5
With a relatively fresh restoration and its documented celebrity ownership, Cars UK reports that the vintage Aston-Martin coupe had no trouble exceeding the minimum pre-auction estimate of £300,000. While it’s not clear how long McCartney owned the car, records show it was ordered in early 1964, before the Beatles embarked on their first world tour.
Just as Steven Tyler upgraded the audio system in his Hennessey Venom GT, McCartney specified state-of-the-art audio gear for his DB5, which came with a Motorola radio and a Phillips Auto-Mignon record player. We imagine that worked best on smooth roads, preferably with borrowed records.
While the selling price was respectable, it paled in comparison to some of the auction’s top sellers. As Autoweek reports, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France” sold for $3.14 million, while a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Testa Fissa with a documented racing heritage hammered for $1.25 million.
McCartney’s old Aston-Martin didn’t even set the record for a DB5 at auction; that went to a 1964 DB5 Convertible that drew a truly-impressive price of $1.01 million. Fitted with the sought-after five-speed ZF gearbox, the convertible was the second-to-last open-air DB5 built, which likely added to the car’s selling price.