Sir Paul’s Aston Martin DB5 Sells at Auto Auction

by Joe Ferguson on December 11, 2012

Q: What could possibly be cooler than driving the same car as James Bond?

A: Being one of The Beatles while driving the same car as James Bond. 

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 went up for auction to the tune of £307,000 ($495,000 American) last month, and with it, a taste of what it’s like to ride like Bond and a Beatle.

Sir Paul’s former ride, acquired right before the 1964 world tour that put The Beatles on the map, is also the same car used by another British icon that has enjoyed quite an impact on pop-culture in his own right: James Bond.

Pop-culture has long been England’s main export since the days of the “British Invasion” started by McCartney and his mop-topped cohorts. Secret Agent James Bond is another of those important exports that kept the UK at the forefront of cool from the 1960s onward.

The 007 film franchise made the Aston Martin (first seen in 1964’s Goldfinger) a symbol of refinement and sexiness. Paul McCartney took this car and put his own signature touches on it to make it an even more desirable vehicle. Colored Sierra blue, his coupe had music notes stitched into the black leather interior.

A Motorola radio, and a Phillips Auto-Mignon record player that could play 45s while driving, make this a music lover’s machine. With all of the hipster hype around vinyl, you would think car-mounted record players would be a more common sight. It may be more difficult to mount a record player to a fixed gear bike, though.

Car auctions can be a fantastic place to find unusual pieces of history like this Aston Martin DB5, but they’re also a great resource to find more affordable auto options. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself in an auction car as iconic as this one. You’ll be just like Paul McCartney – you know, except without the knighthood, billions of dollars, countless fans, and world-famous records.

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