When he wasn’t busy living in a yellow submarine, Sir Paul McCartney drove this 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2. It will be auctioned by Bonhams at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The rare car was imported to the U.K. for McCartney and subsequently converted to right-hand drive.
According to Bonhams, this 400GT 2+2 was first registered by McCartney in February 1968 — the heyday of his time with The Beatles. It was later sold in 1979 to the car’s current owner. The 400GT 2+2 was introduced by Lamborghini in 1966 as a “fast touring car.” It was powered by a 4.0-liter V-12 engine producing about 330 hp. Bonhams claims the car could run from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 156 mph. Just 250 were built and only about four are known to have been imported to the U.K.
Today, McCartney’s Lamborghini has covered 45,000 miles, and has a raft of maintenance records: a rebuilt transmission in 1988, rebuilt rear suspension in 1994, and four new wheels sometime in the 1980s. The car was repainted its current wine red at some point in the 1980s, but otherwise is said to be “in exceptionally original condition.”
The car has also graced many forms of media: It was photographed for a February 1967 issue of U.K. magazine The Autocar, and was featured in a 1996 “Beatles Anthology” TV series.
Bonhams expects the 400GT 2+2 to fetch between £100,000 and £120,000 at the July 1 auction — approximately $162,000 to $195,000. Among the other cars present at the Goodwood auction will be a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet, a 1925 Bugatti Type 35, a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4, and a 1988 Porsche 959.