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Sunday 17 December 2017

Car on iconic Beatles album cover for sale

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

IT'S a car that almost everybody has seen, but nobody can remember.

The light blue 1967 Triumph Herald which was parked just metres from the Beatles as they walked across a Zebra crossing on their iconic 'Abbey Road' album cover is for sale – and it's right here in Ireland.

David Golding, a classic and vintage car dealer from Rathgar, Dublin, purchased the car in July from the South Western vehicle auctions in England.

"It got me excited. It's not the sort of car I normally deal with. But I just thought if anybody is going to find out the history of this car – I'll be doing it, I love a challenge like that," David said.

Now the fifth owner of the car, David went about tracing the owner of the car through its log book, to verify that it is the one pictured on the now-iconic Beatles album cover.

David's search then led him to America to find out that Andrew McKenzie – the car's owner at that time – had died, but he spoke to his widow and children. And after studying enlargements of the image, they were eventually able to identify their father as standing beside the car in the background of the iconic photograph.

David has advertised the car for auction on e-Bay, and said he has received a huge amount of interest so far.

The sale coincides with the first-ever festival commemorating 'Beatle-mania', due to take place in Dublin this weekend.

Irish Independent

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