A while ago, I bought a coffee mug with the Beatles logo on it and on the other side, the cover picture of Abbey Road. It's a nice thing to drink coffee from, and of course it gets you thinking about the Beatles. I found some sites online with outtakes from the shoot (one has McCartney walking in sandals, which he wore to the shoot. If they'd chosen that shot, the whole "Paul is Dead" thing would never have happened...) I played Abbey Road a few times, found it still hadn't aged a day. One morning I was sipping my coffee and I was looking at the famous white Volkswagen, and a thought struck me. Where was the car now? Simple enough question, but not something you'd usually think of. So I checked.
Turns out, they wanted to have the car moved for the photo shoot, but the people who owned it were away on vacation and out of reach. This was 1969, after all, and no cell phones. It seems rather quaint that, here's The Beatles, the biggest band in the world, and no one considers towing the car away. The license plate, LMW 28IF, serendipitously played into the Beatles history by adding a clue to Paul's supposed death - he'd have been 28 if he were still alive. Someone was supposed to have stolen the plate from the car after the album came out. ("Oh my god, it's the Abbey Road VW!")
In 1986, Volkswagen realized that this car was a significant piece of their company's history, and bought it at auction for $23,000. It currently sits on display at the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
So there you have it, in case you happened to be wondering...