Peter Sellers' vintage Aston Martin goes under the hammer at Goodwood

The car could fetch up to £1.7m at the auction in Sussex. Credit: Bonhams

A vintage Aston Martin once owned by comedy star Peter Sellers and used by royalty could be driven off at auction for up to £1.7 million.

The limited edition DB5 convertible from 1964 has carried a bevy of high society stars including, rumour has it, the daughter of a marquis, who was smuggled in its boot.

Featuring what is believed to be the first car phone in Britain, it was originally owned by actor Sellers and later sold to Lord Snowdon, society photographer and husband of Princess Margaret.

The Caribbean Pearl Blue car will be going under the hammer at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale at Goodwood in Chichester, today.

Peter Sellers with Britt Ekland during the filming of the movie "Bobo". Credit: PA Images

In 1964, Sellers' career was at its peak, as the star of box-office hit films such as The Pink Panther and Dr. Strangelove.

He was a well-known car aficionado and Aston Martin enthusiast, and the DB5 caught his eye. Sellers' car was one of just 123 soft-top variants and its 282bhp four-litre straight-six engine was capable of a top speed of 145mph.

It features fog lamps, a cigar lighter and, the height of technology for the time, a wireless Motorola radio car telephone.

Sellers was a well-known car aficionado and Aston Martin enthusiast, and the DB5 caught his eye. Credit: Bonhams

Sellers was known for frequently changing his car collection and he later sold the DB5 to his friend, Lord Snowdon, in the late 1960s.

The earl was often seen cruising around the Chelsea, Mayfair and Soho areas of London, but also took the car as far afield as Prague.

The four-seater was also used as a family car, with Viscount Linley, son of Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret, recalling: "We always had the windows down so my mother could smoke her cigarettes."

Over the last 10 years with its present owner, the car has helped raised millions for UK children's charities through various tours and appearances.