On this day in auto history - November 2nd

Mon 2nd Nov 2020

It was on this day in 2007 that the famous Aston Martin DB5 once owned by late Beatles star George Harrison sold at a Sotheby’s auction for over £250,000 to Jimi Heselden - the British entrepreneur who owned Segway Inc.

The iconic 1964 model - best known for its role in various Bond movies - was famously delivered brand new to Harrison at his Esher estate during the height of ‘Beatlemania’ and was one of the most coveted cars in the country at that time.

Four years later, the same car was back in the headlines again when a mystery Texas collector beat off international competition to win a fierce bidding for the vehicle after it again went under the hammer at the ‘True Greats Auction’ in London.

Cryptic quotes attributed to the winning bidder, saying...“George Harrison would be amazed about all the money his car is going to raise for Christian causes”… sparked a frenzy in the days that followed amid some speculation that the new owner was a cult leader.

Harrison - who passed away in 2001 - was an avid car collector who is believed to have owned over 100 sports cars in his lifetime, the most famous being the McLaren F1 supercar which he purchased in 1994. Currently owned by the Harrison family trust, a £15 million-plus price-tag has been touted should it ever reach the open market!