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