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Classic Cars Once Owned By Beatles Being Auctioned

BeatlesIf you happen to be a fan of the Beatles who you may well remember had a few number one hits many years ago and you also have a keen interest in classic cars then you might wish to consider getting along to The Bond Street Sale at Bonhams on the 2nd December 2017. This is because a couple of classic vehicles once owned by two members of the pop group are being auctioned.

One of these is a 1966 Mini Cooper “S” Radford Conversion once owned by Ringo Starr between June 1967 and December 1968. Whilst all 4 Beatles had Minis this one is believed to have been converted to allow Ringo Starr to get his drums in it.

This delightful iconic vehicle has appeared at numerous locations over the years. For instance, in February 1984 it was on the Blue Peter television show and in 2001 it appeared on Top Gear. It was restored in 1991 and has been owned by the same family for a period of 40 years.

The car has several unique things about it such as a rear seat that folds down, electric windows, walnut dashboard, Manx alloy wheels and door warning lights to name but a few. Interestingly, the logbook has been signed by Richard Starkey – the real name of Ringo Starr.

You Miniwill need a deep pocket if you are interested in bidding for this classic car as it has an estimated price of £90,000 to £120,000.

The other classic car once owned by another of the Beatles is a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-litre Sports Saloon. Sir Paul McCartney was the original owner. It has also been owned by the radio presenter Chris Evans who is a keen fan of classic cars –in particular Ferraris.

This wonderful sports car was originally purchased for circa £4,593. Sir Paul McCartney retained ownership of the car for 6 years. Restoration work was carried out in both 2002 and a further four-year period of restoration was completed in 2017 to the standard of concours. Apparently, the vehicle even had a record player.

To purchase this pristine classic sports car you will need even deeper pockets as the estimated price is between £1,250.000 to £1,500,000.

Whilst at the auction, you may want to cast your eyes over a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon. Only 431 of these luxury vehicles were built but the added attraction of this one is that it was owned by the singer and pianist Sir Elton John and was then purchased by Lord Alan Sugar. In its heyday, this was a Beatlespowerful car getting from 0mph to 50mph in just over 9 seconds and was capable of cruising at a top speed of 120mph. Sir Elton John owned the vehicle for 25 years from 1976 to 2001 before being bought by Alan Sugar who kept it until 2007.

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Chris Evans To Auction Classic Cars Worth £Millions

Many of you will be aware that Chris Evans is a BBC Radio 2 DJ and has recently been appointed to host the Top Gear TV program taking over from Jeremy Clarkson. Well, what you may not have known is that, for quite some time, Mr Evans has been an enthusiastic collector of classic cars.Chris Evans

Over the years, he has amassed a huge collection of vintage vehicles but has now decided to part-company with some of them. In fact, Bonhams are to auction 13 of them at their Goodwood Revival sale that is to take place on the 12th September when he could raise in the region of £11 million. In addition, he is to sell 140 items of automobilia with the proceeds from the later going to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Six of the classic cars are Ferraris, three Jaguars, a Mercedes Benz 280SL Pagoda, a Fiat 127 Abarth, a Daimler police car and a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang vehicle.

The car that is expected to fetch the most is a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy that is to go into the auction with an estimated figure of £2.6 million to £2.9 million. This classic pale green vehicle is powered by a V12 3.3 litre engine with 305 bhp that is capable of getting from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds and has a top speed of 160 mph.

He is selling a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider with an estimated price of between £2.3 million to £2.6 million. Apparently he only purchased the car in 2014 for £2.27 million – a world record price. It has a V12 4.4 litre engine with 400 bhp that will get you from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds as it powers to a top speed of 175 mph.Classic Cars

The 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Replica is estimated to fetch between £250,000 to £350,000. It has a V6 3 litre engine. It is one of five replicas made but is the only one that is drivable.

There is a 1964 Daimler Dart Police Car SP250 that could fetch £50,000 to £60,000 that Mr Evans only bought in 2014. It comes with a police bell that will ring as well as a police radio.

So, if you are interested in buying a classic car that has previously been looked after by Chris Evans why not get along to the Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale. It could well prove to be a popular auction.

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