The Aston Martin DB5 has always created a ‘stir’ but the legendary James Bond classic on offer Bonhams in London, England on December 2nd is sure to bring that frenzy to another level with an estimated value of £1,250,000 – 1,500,000.
Iconic and above all British, the Aston Martin DB5 never fails to excite it’s inquisitive public, but chassis number ‘1653/R’ was completed at Newport Pagnell on 3rd July 1964 and delivered on 22nd September ’64 to Bryce, Hamer & Isherwood, Paul McCartney’s accountants at the time.
Ordered by McCartney prior to his departure for the Beatles’ world tour in the summer of 1964, the DB5 was subsequently registered in the musician’s name, and Paul greatly enjoyed driving the car over the following six years. Accompanying paperwork shows the price was £3,800 10s 0d plus Purchase Tax of £793 6s 8d.
The BMIHT certificate on file shows that the Aston was originally finished in Sierra Blue with black interior. It was fitted as standard with the ZF five-speed gearbox, while desirable factory options listed include Armstrong Selectaride rear shock absorbers, Motorola radio, powered aerial, two Marchal fog lamps, chrome road wheels, heated rear window, two Britax safety belts, three-ear hubcaps, and detachable headrests.
Unusually, the car was also supplied with a Philips Auto-Mignon record player, the latter seemingly an essential for a professional musician. Reportedly, the original interior leather also featured musical note-styled patterns in the stitching. The BMIHT certificate confirms that the first recorded purchaser was Paul McCartney and that the car was registered ‘BYY 379B’ (subsequently ‘CLX 654B’).
Bonhams wrote of this spectacular lot:
“Though Paul McCartney later owned an Aston Martin DB6, which has been the subject of extensive media coverage, this lesser known DB5 is believed to be the first Aston owned by the musician. He ordered it at a particularly important career juncture: just weeks after the Beatles’ famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and the completion of filming ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, their first film.
“Service records indicate that in 1970, when ‘1653/R’ was fitted with a new clutch and received some other minor service work, the odometer reading was 40,513 miles. It is believed that the car first changed hands at around this time when it was sold to Truebell Stationers in Wandsworth, Southwest London. Subsequently, on 12th March 1983, the DB5 was acquired by John Richard Rogers of Ilford. Mr Rogers retained the Aston for 13 years before selling to John Hardy Shannon on 16th July 1996.”
Presented in truly immaculate condition, ‘1653/R’ comes with copy guarantee form, a V5C registration document; current MoT; invoices relating to its recent restoration; and the aforementioned BMIHT certificate. The full story of its life, celebrity owners, and restoration is also detailed in a beautifully presented full-colour 141-page book (produced by Bespoke Photobooks), a copy of which accompanies the car (inspection recommended).
Full list and car can be seen here.
Images courtesy of Bonhams Auctions