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Why Paul Mc­cart­ney’s old Lam­borgh­ini 400GT turned our head this month – will you be the one to buy it?

‘The Bea­tle bought it just a week be­fore clear­ing off on the group’s mys­tic month in In­dia’

This would be an in­ter­est­ing car even if the first owner hadn’t been Paul Mc­cart­ney. It was one of four Lam­borgh­ini 400GTS that were con­verted to right-hand drive in 1967 for the UK mar­ket by Hoop­ers. The Bea­tle bought and reg­is­tered it on Fe­bru­ary 16 1968, just a week be­fore clear­ing off on the group’s fa­mous mys­tic month in In­dia then com­ing back to cre­ate the White Al­bum.

None of that ap­pears to have had an ad­verse ef­fect on Mc­cart­ney’s en­thu­si­asm for the Lambo be­cause he kept it un­til 1971, well into his solo ca­reer. The car made an ap­pear­ance in the 1996 BBC TV se­ries, An­thol­ogy of the Bea­tles.

Sev­eral changes of owner later, in 1979 it came into the hands of mo­tor­ing writer and vin­tage Vaux­hall ex­pert Nic Port­way. He kept the car for 32 years and looked af­ter it well, in­clud­ing a re­paint, re­build­ing the gear­box and rear sus­pen­sion and fit­ting a set of new Bor­rani wire wheels.

Then at Bonhams’ Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed sale in July 2011, with just over 45,000 miles on the clock, the im­pres­sively orig­i­nal 400GT was sold for £122,500. That sum that looks re­mark­ably cheap by to­day’s stan­dards, and in­deed seemed to in­clude none of the usual premium for hav­ing been owned by a Bea­tle – in fact it was bang-on for a mint 400GT.

The car has since changed hands pri­vately and has just re­turned from the Far East to be in­cluded in Bonhams Good­wood Mem­bers Meet­ing sale on March 18. In the in­ter­ven­ing years that mileage has in­creased to only 45,454, so it ap­pears to have been dis­played rather than driven.

The price is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this time around too, with an es­ti­mate of £400,000-£500,000. That does add a solid chunk of ‘Mc­cart­ney fac­tor’ – the match­ing value in the 2018 ‘mint’ col­umn of the Clas­sic Cars price guide is £325,000, but given Sir Paul’s As­ton Martin DB5 re­cently made more than £1.3m, at a mil­lion pounds less it doesn’t feel too out­landish.

Re­spray apart, the 400GT 2+2 is much as it was when it spent three years in Paul Mc­cart­ney’s own­er­ship

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