Mercedes formerly owned by ex-Beatle George Harrison heads to auction

A cherished Mercedes-AMG luxury limo is set to make as much as £40,000 when it heads to auction next month. Presented in very good condition with stacks of history, the rare 'bahnstormer also benefits from a very special former owner – ex-Beatle George Harrison.

Harrison purchased the car new in May 1984, when AMG was still an independent company and there was only a single dealer in the UK. Having such little reach meant the company could personalise its offerings, though, and Harrison opted for a blacked-out Mercedes 500 SEL model with black wheels, blackened chrome trim and a built-in mobile phone.

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The invoice price at the time was reportedly more than twice as much as the standard car, making this a very rare and exclusive beast indeed. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 245bhp, the car should make an effortless cruiser – if a rather thirsty one.

During his 16-year ownership, Harrison clocked up 30,000 miles in the car, before selling it to a friend in August 2000.

Included with the immaculate vehicle is a pile of MOT certificates and mileage papers, together with the original service book. There's also a copy of the October 2014 issue of Mercedes Enthusiast magazine, in which the car features, and insurance documents in Harrison's name.

The vehicle will go up for sale at Omega Auctions' Beatles Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, March 24 in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside.

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