CARS ONCE owned by rock superstars Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John headline Bonhams Bond Street Sale in London on December 2nd.
Sir Paul’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was reportedly bought shortly after he fi nished making the movie, A Hard Day’s Night and he took delivery of it just days after the premiere of the James Bond classic Goldfi nger, which immortalised the DB5.
Seen by many as one of the most beautiful cars ever made, Sir Paul’s DB5 is fi tted with a record player, so you can play your favourite vinyls on a road trip.
With the registration plate ‘64 MAC’ McCartney kept the DB5 for six years covering over 40,000 miles.
It last sold in 2012 for close to $600,000 but now, fi ve years later, the rarity of original and clean DB5s and the added provenance of it being owned by one of the most famous rock stars in history, it has a price guide of $2.0-$2.5 million.
Since it was last sold the DB5 has undergone a resto, with a colour change to Silver Birch, like the Bond Aston with a red leather interior replacing the previous green. The engine has also been replaced with a more powerful 4.2-litre to give it a top speed of 240km/h.
The DB5 made famous by Bond was equipped with assorted gadgets including machine guns, ejector seat, bullet shield, oil sprayers and extendable wheel centre spinners.
Expected to fetch over $850,000 is a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental once owned by rock royalty Sir Elton John and then business magnate Lord Sugar, host of the reality show UK Apprentice.
At the time of buying the Bentley Lord Sugar claimed he had been ripped off over the price and had been done “like a kipper” by Sir Elton.
The S1 Continental sports saloon, with coachwork by HJ Mulliner was purchased by Sir Elton in 1976 and after owning it for 25 years he sold it to Lord Sugar in 2001.
Lord Sugar kept the Bentley for over six years but travelled just 1,000 miles in it before parting with it in 2007, for close to $250,000.
Described by Sir Elton as “the most beautiful car that’s ever been designed”, it underwent a full resto while in his ownership, including a respray, a complete interior refurb and it was fi tted with power steering airconditioning and a modern stereo system.