Top five cars The Beatles drove

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This Friday marks 50 years to the day The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" was released.

It's a special moment not just for Beatles fans but for anyone who's ever listened to a record featuring the Fab Four.

To mark this, we've put our thinking caps on and have looked at the top five cars The Beatles drove over the last 50 years.

Some are obvious, while others required a little more investigation...

John Lennon's Rolls-Royce
John Lennon's Rolls-Royce Phantom V
Much to the chagrin of Rolls-Royce, John Lennon started making alterations to his 19 foot long Phantom soon after delivery in 1965. A double bed was installed, along with a Sony television and fridge. It got its distinctive psychedelic paintjob in 1967 at which point the band used the car as their main transport. After the band's split, Lennon had the car shipped to his US home before donating it to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Auctioned in 1985, it sold for $2.29 million.

Ringo Starr's Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
The Mercedes 190E survived for 11 years, but it's the Cosworth powered version most people remember. In 1990 Mercedes released the 2.5-16 Evolution II, building just 502 cars for touring car homologation. An AMG Power Pack boosted output to 232 bhp while the huge rear wing allegedly both reduced drag and added downforce.

George Harrison's Mini
George Harrison's Austin Mini
The chic Austin Mini rewrote the definition of 'small car' and soon became a must have fashion accessory. It's reckoned this car was given to Harrison by Brian Epstein and originally finished in metallic black. It was later repainted and starred in "The Magical Mystery Tour" in 1967.
Paul McCartney's Aston DB5

Paul McCartney's Aston Martin DB5
With just 1,023 DB5s produced, rarity is assured. The 4.0-litre straight-six engine produced 282 bhp, good enough for supercar levels of performance in 1964. It was certainly enough for James Bond, and also for Sir Paul McCartney who owned one from 1965. The Beatles star even ordered an optional Philips Auto-Mignon record player for the car. The car is coming up for auction later this month, as reported on Autoblog.

George Harrison's Light Car Company Rocket
Designed by the man behind championship winning Formula One cars, the Rocket was Gordon Murray's first road car. George Harrison managed to own both a Rocket and Murray's later road car creation, the McLaren F1.

Fancy some more? Here's a further selection...

The cars of The Beatles

The cars of The Beatles