This 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was The Beatles' front man's first ever car. It will be crossing the auction block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
Over the years John Lennon was the proud owner of a Romany caravan-colored Rolls-Royce Phantom V, a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, a Triumph Herald Convertible, a Mini de Ville coachbuilt by Harold Radford of London, and a 1972 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon, which he cruised around NYC in. However the first car to give Lennon a ticket to ride was a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe, which is heading to the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on July 12.
The singer-songwriter was 25 when he passed his driving test. With the country gripped by “Beatlemania” this news instantly made headlines and within hours luxury car dealerships had descended upon his home in Weybridge, Surrey. Maseratis, Aston Martins, and a Jaguar E-Type lined up outside his secured gates. But after inspecting the cars on show, he opted for the Azzuro blue Ferrari with a blue interior, paying £6,500 (equivalent to about $170,000 today). That same month, in February 1965, The Beatles recorded “Ticket to Ride,” inspired perhaps by the anticipation of getting behind the wheel for the first time.
Lennon owned the Ferrari 330GT - one of 500 built - for a couple of years, clocking up around 20,000 miles, and after passing through a few owners’ hands was almost sold in auction in Paris in 2011 but was withdrawn at the last moment. This time around it is expected to reach the auction block where it should fetch in the region of £200,000. While it may attract the most interest, it won’t be the most valuable at the auction. That honor is likely to befall an ex-Fangio grand-prix winning 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 that could sell for up to £10 million.