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Sir Paul McCartney’s Mini heading to auction

A Mini famously owned by Sir Paul McCartney is heading to auction in the USA next month with no reserve.

The 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S DeVille was one of four ordered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein at the time – one for each band member. Three were customised by Harold Radford & Co (like this one) and the fourth by Hooper.

McCartney was regularly photographed in the top spec ‘1275 S’ Cooper, which is painted in California Sage Green. As well as the fame the car attracted from the public, it also featured in the band’s 1967 tour movie – the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.

Described as a “collector’s dream”, McCartney’s Mini features a Webasto sliding sunroof, rear lights from an Aston Martin, a wooden steering wheel, upgraded bucket seats and wooden interior inserts.

The car was sold in the 1970s to the Hollywood-based Bill Victor, before the car was shipped to Miami where its new owner had the car cosmetically restored. Since it was purchased by its current owner in 2002, the Mini has spent most of its time in the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, with occasional drives to concours events.

A thick service document accompanies the car, as does numerous photos of McCartney with his Mini.

Remarkably it’s being offered without reserve by Worldwide Auctioneers at an auction on August 1 in Auburn, Indiana.

While there’s no estimated figure, a Mini formerly owned by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was sold by Bonhams in December 2017 for £102,000.

However, it’s not the only Beatles car being offered, as a 1979 Mercedes E300 Estate owned by John Lennon also at the auction. It is believed to be the last car ever used by Lennon before his death in 1980.

Ted Welford

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August 15, 2018

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