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John Lennon's blue Ferrari back on sale

After a previous auction in 2011, the late Beatle's first car is expected to fetch as much as $342,000.

By Clifford Atiyeh May 9, 2013 8:52AM
This July, a wealthy Beatles fan could very well buy a real "Ticket to Ride."

John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari will cross the auction block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. on July 12. According to auction house Bonhams, after recording the "Ticket to Ride" hit single in February 1965, the singer bought this blue-on-blue 330GT 2+2 Coupe on the very same day he received his driver's license – at age 25, no less.

That day, Lennon had the showroom brought to him. Local dealerships, having heard the news of his license, flooded his Surrey home with exotic cars. Lennon walked outside and soon chose this 330GT for £6,500 – roughly $171,000 in 2013 dollars – no doubt a slap in the face to the Aston Martin and Jaguar reps hoping he'd side with the British.

Lennon put more than 20,000 miles on the car before selling it in 1967. It was later painted red and then restored to its Azzuro blue shade, including Lennon's original license plate.

Bonhams said the Ferrari is one of about 500 built and expects it to sell for between $280,000 and $342,000. For a Ferrari, especially one owned by a celebrity of Lennon's caliber, that's cheap.

The car was previously auctioned in Paris in February 2011 but failed to reach a buyer.

[Source: Bonhams; Photos by Bonhams/Simon Clay]

May 9, 2013 10:12AM
Does Yoko get the money? Her music is so terrible she needs it.
May 9, 2013 10:25AM
Wow.  That is one gorgeous car, and yes, $340K IS cheap for a '65-era Ferrari, even without attaching a celebrity name to it.  It'll go higher.....
wonder if there will come a time when I will say " should have held on the that 72 Datsun"
May 9, 2013 11:27AM
Maybe a roach is still in the ashtray... ♥ John Lennon
about my ''72'' Datsun I did leave a Beatles 8-track in the glove box so .............
May 9, 2013 10:23AM
May 9, 2013 10:36AM
Woops.  Correction; market value seems to be in the $160K - $200K range, without the name, so Bonham's is looking for a $100K - $150K premium for Lennon's name....still not a bad price for a beautiful Ferrari.  I would not be surprised to see it go higher than $340K.   I want.  I want.  I want.
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