2017 sees the 50th anniversary of The Beatles seminal album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band’. To celebrate the special occasion, we look at some iconic cars owned by The Beatles.
With appearances from the Rolls-Royce Phantom to Aston Martin DB5, money can’t buy you love but it did buy the fab foursome a collection of motoring masterpieces.
Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB6
Back in 1965, McCartney purchased the stylish 4.0 litre Aston Martin directly from the factory. The Beatle’s only special request was that a Philips record player was installed to the dashboard.
A rare model – only 1,023 were ever commissioned and when it went under the hammer in 2012, it fetched a generous £307,000.
Paul’s McCartney’s Austin Healey 3000
The motor involved in the notorious ’69 Paul is dead’ hoax. Conspiracy seekers allege McCartney stormed out of a studio session, only to be killed in an ensuing car wreck and replaced by a lookalike. We all know how this one worked out…
Paul McCartney’s Net Worth
It’s little wonder McCartney can indulge his passion for lavish motors when he commands the title of “The UK’s richest musician”. Earlier in the year, he topped the ‘The Sunday Rich List 2017’ with an astronomical personal net worth of £760 million – a £30 million raise on the previous year.
In 2016, the former Beatle toured North America, Europe and South America where he reportedly earned a staggering £8 million for the Desert Trip festival in California.
John Lennon’s Rolls Royce Phantom V
Let’s move onto Lennon’s infamous Rolls-Royce Phantom which became the band’s main ride following its distinctive psychedelic paint job in 1967.
Immediately after buying the motor in 1965, Lennon customised the interior adding a television, fridge and double bed.
George Harrison’s Austin Mini
Harrison was the band’s self-proclaimed petrol-head racking up an impressive car collection over the years. This luxury Austin Mini model was given to Harrison by Brian Epstein.
It quickly became a notable fashion accessory after being repainted in a crazy psychedelic design and starred in ‘The Magical Mystery Tour’ movie in 1967.
George Harrison’s McLaren F1
McLaren F1 was built for George in 1994. Following Harrison’s death, it was rumoured that Eric Clapton wanted to buy it, however it still remains with George’s family to this day.
Ringo Starr’s 1969 Mercedes- Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé
In early 1980, Starr lost control of his Mercedes-Benz on the Robin Hood roundabout in Kingston; after clipping the kerb and somersaulting on its back.
Ringo and passenger Barbara Bach, the former Bond girl and future Mrs. Starr, escaped with minor cuts and bruises. They later had the car crushed to a cube and installed in their home.