Baby you CAN drive my car: Sir Paul McCartney's 1965 Aston Martin set to sell for £400,000
By Leon Watson
Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you this - a piece of swinging 60s memorabilia that's perfect for day tripping.
This classic Aston Martin DB5 sports car was once owned by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and is set to go under the hammer next month.
It was bought by Sir Paul in 1964, the year he wrote hit song Drive My Car, and cost a cool £3,800 10s 0d plus tax of £793 6s 8d.
Beatles memorabilia: A luxury Aston Martin DB5 once owned by Sir Paul McCartney
Driving my car: Sir Paul, sitting in his Aston Martin, signs an autograph for a fan in London, June 1967
Now the fully-restored British-built Aston Martin DB5 is expected to fetch £400,000 at auction.
Sir Paul ordered the iconic Aston - made famous by James Bond in the film Goldfinger - direct from Aston Martin's factory before his band's 1964 world tour.
He asked for a string of extra features including special suspension and chrome wire wheels.
When it was delivered, the motor, with a top speed of 150mph, even had the ultimate Bond-style gadget for a 60s pop star - a Philips record player.
Sir Paul used it to drive his then girlfriend Jane Asher around town.
He also gave a memorable lift to the founder of The Byrds Roger McGuinn.
The legendary frontman later recalled: 'The Beatles had come to see one of our gigs and we hung out after the show.
'The next night I went to Paul's club in St James and he took me for a drive around London in his Aston Martin DB5 - it was an amazing time.'
The London look: Sir Paul with his Aston in April 1967
Sir Paul is believed to have the sold luxury four-litre car in 1970, and it has been owned by a string of collectors since.
Sir Paul wasn't the only Beatle with a taste for expensive cars.
Also in 1965, John Lennon famously bought a white Rolls-Royce Phantom V and had it painted in psychedelic colours.
And in 1969 George Harrison bought a Ferrari 365 GTC sports car which went under the hammer last month.
Luxury car: Inside the Aston Martin Sir Paul once owned
Sir Paul's former car, now grey, will be sold on September 21 at Duxford Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire by auctioneers H&H.
Marketing manager for the Cheshire-based firm Richard Caton said: 'The car has undergone an extensive back-to-bare-metal restoration which was completed earlier this year.
'Sir Paul chose the car and its specification and it has had several very careful owners since.
'But it is now a wonderful opportunity for an Aston enthusiast or a Beatle fan to own a unique part of motoring history.'