Baby You Can Drive My Car

Mon 13th Aug 2018

Beatles fans can now own a piece of Beatlemania motoring memorabilia after Paul McCartney’s 1965 Mini Cooper S DeVille was put up the sale.

One of only four specially commissioned ‘Beatle Minis’, the classic cars were a gift to each of the Beatles from manager Brian Epstein as a special thank-you. Though the Beatles loved the 1960s supercars, Epstein thought that gifting them a Mini would keep them closer to their roots, as the British classic was considered classless, even if the ‘Beatles Minis’ were highly customised versions of the regular Morris and Austin versions.

George Harrison’s Mini was best remembered as it featured psychedelic design and graphics, a style which the modern Mini used as inspiration for a later vehicle design.

Ringo Starr’s Beatles Mini was sold at auction last year at auction when former Spice Girl Geri Horner purchased the classic for £102,000. It’s expected that McCartney’s Mini will fetch a lot more when it goes under the hammer in the United States with Worldwide Auctioneers.

Paul’s Radford Mini is finished in California Sage Green with a Webasto roof, Aston Martin tail lights, electric windows and a top of the range 1275 Cooper S engine.

With Ginger Spice unlikely to part with her car anytime soon, this may be the last chance to own a unique piece of Beatles memorabilia. The whereabouts of John Lennon’s Mini is unknown, whilst George Harrison’s is owned by Olivia.

McCartney’s Mini was exported to the United States in the 1970s, where it has remained under ownership from several different owners before arriving in the Godbey Family Collection, where it will be sold on September 1st in Illinois.