John Lennons Ferrari Up for Auction

Classic Cars

As if there weren't enough rare John Lennon and Beatles memorabilia on the market these days for exuberant prices. And now comes something even more exclusive. The late John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2 +2 Coupe, the first car he ever bought, is scheduled to go on the auction block in Paris under consignment to Bonhams on February 5th. Lennon bought the car when he was just 25 years old, the same year he got his driver's license.

When he passed his driving test - an event that made worldwide headlines - luxury car dealers in the Weybridge area, lined up outside the Kenwood's security gates as they hoped to lure Lennon with Maseratis, Aston Martins, and Jaguars. Upon selecting the light blue Ferrari, Lennon paid £2,000 for the car. He later bought a Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine for "relaxing," a Mini for "pottering about in," and the Ferrari "for zoom" purposes. Pre-sale estimates place the Ferrari's value between $155,000 to $220,000. In the mid 1990s, the car underwent a comprehensive restoration.

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