George Harrison’s Aston Martin DB5 to be Auctioned in London

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Millions of pounds worth of classic cars are to be auctioned off at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London this week.

Auction House Coys' forthcoming 'True Greats' London sale is being held this week with around 60 cars to go under the hammer. Of the most prestigious on offer is the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, which is estimated at £500,000-£600,000, the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, estimated at £225,000 - £275,000, and a very special 1964 Aston Martin DB5, estimated at £225,000 - £260,000, are the standout vehicles.

Famed for its starring role in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball where it was fitted with machine guns and over-the-top gadgetry, this Platinum Silver Aston Martin DB5 is especially important as it was supplied new to George Harrison on January 1st 1965. Capable of 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 148mph, the DB5 was one of the fastest cars of its time courtesy of a 282hp 4.0-liter straight six. This particular example boasts a host of non-standard equipment specified by the Beetle-man himself, such as chrome wire wheels with Avon tires, 3 ear hub caps, Britax safety belts, FIAM horns and a detachable passenger headrest.

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Mileage currently stands at a tad over 22,000 miles and the DB5 has lead somewhat of a charmed life having spent time in a Tokyo museum and with a classic car collector, while being maintained in an original and unrestored condition. Of the car, Coys Managing Director Chris Routledge says: "We are offering here the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire not only one of the most collectible of the David Brown Aston Martins produced, in very original condition, but one that has been owned by arguably one of the most influential musicians ever to grace The Earth."

Another illustrious model on offer worthy of note is a Cord 810 Phaeton once owned by Led Zepplin's Jimmy Page, which underwent a full concours restoration under his watch and boasts a near-perfect coachwork after its 75-year existence. With a 1965 Austin-Healey, 1948 Bentley Mark VI, 1953 Porsche 356 'Pre A,' and 1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster also up for grabs, some wealthy classic car enthusiasts will be able to treat themselves to one hell of a Christmas present. Photos courtesy of Coys.co.uk

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