Wings Tour Bus sings “Let Me Roll It”
The original double-decker used for Paul’s post-Beatles band Wings and their families, with the seats on the upper deck replaced with mattresses and bean-bags for open top lounging has been located in Spain and now it could be restored and re-sold at auction.
The bus originally served local routes in Essex and Norfolk in the 1950s and 60s before being bought by McCartney, who didn't fancy being cooped up in a normal tour bus during the summer tour of ‘72. In 2017, Sir Paul made an appeal for the double-decker's whereabouts. Here’s some history and mystery solved:
"We painted the outside psychedelic, like a magic bus,’ Paul recalled. If you look at it very straight, very conventionally, it was quite a mad thing to do, to put a playpen on the top deck of the bus and put all the children in there while driving around Europe. "It was not what you'd expect from a normal band, but we weren't a normal band."
Here’s a link to Paul and his family and band actually ON the bus!
After the tour, the bus was parked outside a rock cafe in Tenerife before being moved to the cafe owner's garden. "I went to visit them about 10 years ago and saw this thing rotting away in his back garden," current owner Justin James told BBC News. "I said, 'I want it.'
"I didn't know what I was going to do with it, I just thought that it should not be rotting away on the wastelands of Tenerife. It took eight years to bring it back to Oxfordshire because it was in such a difficult part to get to, buried in this field. We got cranes and I managed to get it back,” he said.
Justin hoped to use it for musical children's tours, but that plan didn't pan out. He’s moving to Australia and is ready to put the bus on the run and auction it off.
"I reckon someone could get that engine going, but I'm not that person unfortunately," he said. James said he had spent £25,000 ($31,101 in U.S. dollars) on costs relating to the bus, and if it fetches more than that he plans to donate the profits to the Arms Around the Child charity, of which he is a trustee.
The bus is being sold by Omega Auctions in Merseyside with an estimated value of $31,000 but will most likely go for more.