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The Beatles – Their Cars

Beatles carsThe Beatles loved cars and, after their records began to top the charts, they had the money to buy the best.  Even though they owned expensive rides, they seldom drove them.

Below are examples of their auto indulgence.

 

George Harrison’s’ 1966 Mini Cooper S was his personal “short”, but it also appeared in the Fab Four’s 1967 movie “Magical Mystery Tour.”  His ownership of a Mini sparked Mini to design and market a Harrison-inspired 2009 Special Edition to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2009.  George later sold the car at a benefit auction he organized in 1973 for his Material World Charitable Foundation. The Mini’s 1967 paint job was a creation of the Dutch artists Simon Posthuma and Marijke Koger – known collectively as “The Fool”. His inspiration for the transformation was the mystical signs from the book, “Tantra Art: Its Philosophy and Physics.”

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Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB6  was beautiful and fast.  He had a reel-to-reel tape recorder installed in the dashboard that made it different from all others.  Legend has it that he used it to record songs he was working on, including the very first recording of the song that became “Hey, Jude.”

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John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V model was laid on a limousine body and finished in Valentines black when he purchased it. The Limo was 19 feet long and weighed a whopping three tons  John’s customization included a back seat that converted to a double bed, a Sony television, and a portable refrigerator.  Most extravagant and unique was a floating record player (with perfect balance so it could be used without being effected by stops and bumps while driving).  Legend says that it was the first car in England to  sport blacked out window.  The paint job was done by “The Fool” for $4,200 (U.S. dollars).

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Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega II Coupé  was made by the French auto maker, Facel, who only produced approximately 2,900 cars.  It was hand built.  Starr bought this luxury car from the stand at Earls Court Motor Show in 1964.  It is one of the most unique Facel IIs ever produced, being the very last of only twenty-six right-hand drive Facel IIs ever produced and is one of only two Facel IIs with a 6.7 litre V8 engine and manual gearbox.  It was originally bought for $5,570, but sold at a 2012 auction for over $567,000.

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