A black Porsche 928 S believed to have been owned by Beatles star George Harrison has been saved from the scrapper.
The car, which needs some TLC, was bought by current owner Raj Sedha in 2003. He didn’t realise its provenance and planned to break the car for spares as it needed too much work to get back on the road.
His wife spotted Harrison’s name on the V5 and told Sedha he couldn’t possibly break the Porsche for spares.
He said: "It didn't click with me. She said it is George Harrison's.
"I said, 'That's who the man who I bought it off said. Who is he?'
"She said, 'He's the Beatle. You can't take the car apart for spares.'"
Paperwork in the car’s history folder reveals that it was owned by the Beatles guitarist George Harrison and registered to his address in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
The Porsche 928 is finished in black paint with an all-black leather interior. Its relatively toned-down appearance is in-keeping with Harrison’s reputation as ‘the quiet Beatle’.
Harrison, who died from lung cancer in 2001, owned the car for four years from new. Sedha rescued it in 2003 after a lifetime of neglect left it past its best.
The car’s last MOT expired in 2012, so it might need a degree of work to get it roadworthy again. But it could make for an interesting discussion piece on the driveway of a dedicated Beatles fan.
"For anybody that's into cars and The Beatles, this is a must-have,” said auctioneer Paul Fairweather.
"The 928 is an absolute classic and the fact that it was owned by George for four years from new will ensure that it roars off the auction block."
The Porsche is being sold as part of a special Beatles memorabilia auction being held at the Warrington Auction Room on March 17th. It’s expected to make around £20,000.
Source: Omega Auctions