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John Lennon’s first car, a Ferrari, being auctioned

Posted in Pictures, Video, Commercials, Media by wolferadio11 on January 14, 2011

For most of us, a first car was some hand-me-down clunker. Or maybe we saved enough for an econobox. Then there is John Lennon.

When Lennon passed his driving test in 1965, luxury car dealers lined up to be the ones to give him a suitably impressive car. One stood out: a light-blue 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe, which Lennon bought. So says Bonhams, which is auctioning off the car on Feb. 5 in Paris.

The Ferrari has attracted a pre-sale estimate of up to $230,000.
Bonhams quotes from author Philip Norman, who, in his biography John Lennon – A Life, says Lennon had his choice of Maseratis, Aston Martins, and Jaguar XK-E. He ended up paying 2,000 English pounds for the Ferrari.’

The auction house points out that Lennon’s Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine is far better known, especially after he had it given a psychedelic paint job. But he wasn’t the ostentatious sort. His garage also had a Mini. Now that seems more like a car for a revolutionary.

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