Sir Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin, ordered on the eve of The Beatles' first world tour, is the star lot at an RM Auctions event to be held on Wednesday night in London.
The Aston Martin DB5 is a legend all on its own given its appearances in the Bond films but this car's particular history is sure to create more buzz come auction time.
Delivered to his accountants while he was away on tour, McCartney ordered Sierra Blue paint for the exterior and black leather for the interior.
He also ticked a few options boxes, such as Armstrong Selectaride rear shocks, chrome wire wheels, a Motorola radio and a record player.
The leather interior left the factory with musical patterns in the stitching, but its recent restoration is bereft of McCartney's stylings, although a sample remains should the new owner want to return it to original spec.
McCartney kept the DB5 for seven years and the car became a recognisable one around the streets of London, with the man himself at the wheel.
The car's last service in McCartney's ownership was done at 40,513 miles in 1970 and included a new clutch.
The Aston changed hands four times the next thirty-five years, ending up in the hands of a British collector in 2002.
This collector then commissioned a Milanese restorer, Walter Baroni, to perform a complete restoration. Completed in 2011, the work included a bare-metal sanding and respray to the original Sierra Blue, bringing the car to concours-level presentation.
On its return to England, the brakes and cylinder head were refreshed.
Although the car is listed without reserve, it is expected to fetch anywhere between £300,000 and £380,000 ($495,000-$590,000).
His bandmates' cars have commanded impressive sums in the past. Lennon's first car, a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was to be sold last February and expected to fetch well over $300,000 before the owner had a change of heart.
Harrison's DB5 went to a Texan buyer last year at $230,000 more than the expected $310,000.
The release of the new Bond film Skyfall, featuring a DB5, is sure to be on the vendor's and buyer's minds. Its famous owner will almost certainly pump up the value even further.
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