Baby, you can drive Macca’s car!

Col­lec­tor pays £180,000 for his ’65 Mini (no, it’s not a Bee­tle)

Daily Mail - - News - By Faye White Show­busi­ness Re­porter

THE clas­sic Mini is the car that em­bod­ies Bri­tain’s swing­ing Six­ties.

But few ex­am­ples do it quite as well this one – bought for Sir Paul Mc­Cart­ney in 1965 and fea­tured two years later in the Bea­tles film Mag­i­cal Mys­tery Tour.

Thanks to its his­tory, the Mini Cooper S DeVille sold at auc­tion in In­di­ana in the US, for £182,000.

It is one of the four cars or­dered for the band by Bea­tles man­ager Brian Ep­stein.

Cus­tom fin­ished in 1965 in South Kens­ing­ton in London by coach­builders Harold Radford & Co, the car is fin­ished in a de­cid­edly un-psy­che­delic colour called Cal­i­for­nia Sage Green and has many cus­tom fea­tures.

Sir Paul was pho­tographed driv­ing the Mini with Linda East­man – who be­came his first wife in 1969 – by his side in the pas­sen­ger seat.

Af­ter he parted ways with the Mini it was ex­ported to the US. In the 1970s it be­longed Hol­ly­wood Hills res­i­dent Bill Vic­tor who had the en­gine re­built.

The Mini was then sold on to an owner in the Pa­cific North­west re­gion of the US and then to Bri­ton Michael Fisher, who lived in Mi­ami. He had the Mini re­stored in 2001.

Af­ter be­ing bought by World­wide Auc­tion­eers’ in 2002, the car has been dis­played at the Sara­sota Clas­sic Car Mu­seum and taken out for shows in Florida.

Of the other three Radford Mi­nis, the where­abouts of John Len­non’s is un­known, Ge­orge Har­ri­son’s ap­par­ently re­mains with his wife, and Ringo Starr’s was bought by Geri Hal­li­well last year.

‘Ex­ported to the United States’

The Mini is fin­ished in a shade called Cal­i­for­nia Sage GreenElec­tric win­dows - a rar­ity in the 1960sSporty 1,275cc in­line four-cylin­der en­gine, dual car­bu­re­tors, a four-speed man­ual gear­boxAd­di­tional head­lamps mounted within the grilleAn ex­clu­sive de­tail - As­ton Martin tail­lightsThe Radford & Co cus­tom built 1965 Mini Cooper S DeVille fea­tures a slid­ing sun­roof

On the road: Paul Mc­Cart­ney with his Mini Cooper in De­cem­ber 1967

The in­te­rior was up­graded with luxurious leather sports seats and a match­ing cen­tral arm­rest.Rich dark wood­grain dash­board with di­als by in­stru­ment maker Smiths and a wood-trimmed Moto-Lita three-spoke steer­ing wheel

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