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Spell it with two Es and the name Beetle is intrinsically linked to Volkswagen. Drop that second E for an A, though, and you're looking at another 60s icon altogether. While the VW might not hold much sway for music buffs, the Beatles and its individual members hold plenty of interest for car fans.

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Every year, F1 teams design and build a new set of cars to start the new season. So what happens to the old cars? Well, that varies, but when the car in question just won the championship, it's usually kept intact. Sometimes the team keeps it for posterity, sometimes they gift it to the driver who'd just won them the title, sometimes they end up in museum or private collections. But not this one.

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British motoring enthusiasts and car collectors have come to know Coys as one of the preeminent auction houses in England. They've been in business since 1909, and operate several locations in the U.K. as well as offices in Italy, at Germany's Nürburgring and in Monaco. Until now, the auction house – whose recent notable consignments have included championship-winning motorcycles and dictator-chauffering cabriolets – has not delved into the American market, but they're ready for

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