|The "Abbey Road" front cover. Photo: © Apple Corps Ltd.|
It's not the famous Volkswagen Beetle, though.
Just above Paul's head is a 1967 Triumph Herald 1200, with the licence plate no. NHS31F. The number is not visible on the Abbey Road cover photo. The car, fondly known as ‘Jezebel’ was in August 1969 owned by a man who worked in sales for the Carrier Air Conditioning company based in Portland Place, London.
The current owner purchased the car from South Western Vehicle Auctions with the following description: "This vehicle is believed to appear in picture form on the famous Abbey Road L.P.cover". This was based on word of mouth passed on between the second, third & fourth owners. The second and third owners were next door neighbours while the third owner sold the car to a good friend of his. The car seller has contacted the widow of the original 1969 car owner, and she has confirmed the story. At the time of writing, the current bid is £2,500.00.
Update after auction end, the vehicle went for £6,352.75.
|Another photo from that day. Photo: © Linda McCartney/MPL|