Released back in 1963, the luxury grand tourer Aston Martin DB5 is renowned for being the first and most recognized cinematic James Bond car, first appearing on-screen in Goldfinger, the third in the 007 movie series, and now in its sixth appearance in the Skyfall. This car which has left an indelible mark on the popular culture, and is celebrated as one of the most iconic cars ever produced, was also one of the favorite of the legendary bass player of the iconic English rock-band The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney. This Grammy-winning songwriter originally ordered a new 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupé prior to his departure for the Beatles’ world tour in the summer of 1964. Now, the very same DB5 with Chassis No. DB5/1653/R, which is believed to be the first Aston Martin owned by the musician, is offered on sale and is expected to fetch between $485,000 and $615,000 when it crosses the auction block of RM Auctions’ annual London sale on October 31.
Ordered just after the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and the completion of filming for A Hard Day's Night, the car notably carries along a Philips Auto-Mignon record player and a sample of the original upholstery that artistically included special note-styled patterns in the leather stitching.
Further, some of the other details include a Motorola radio, sierra blue exterior paint, black leather interiors, Armstrong Selectride rear shock absorbers, and chrome wire wheels.
Also, up for sale at the auction is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing estimated to fetch up to $5.18 Million.
UPDATE: Paul McCartney's Aston Martin DB5 has been sold for $556,481 against an estimate of $485,000 to $615,000.