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.
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]
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