Lot No: 363, February, 5 2011, Bonhams Auction House, Paris

Lennon’s ’65 Ferrari

Don’t love this car because it was owned by John Lennon- love it for it’s simplistic brilliance and clean industrial design. In Philip Norman’s biography of John Lennon, he recounts Lennon’s first automobile purchase as, “an event that made headline news across the nation. Within hours, every luxury car dealership in the Weybridge area, hoping for business, jammed the road outside Kenwood’s security gates with Maseratis, Aston Martins, and Jaguar XK-E. John strolled out to inspect this gleaming smorgasbord, eventually selecting a £2,000 light blue Ferrari”.

On February 5, 2011, Lennon’s first car will be made available by British Auction House, Bonhams. The event will take place at one of Paris’ most impressive venues, the Grand Palais on Champs-Elysees. Despite the ’65 Ferrari 330 GT being among the least-loved vintage Ferraris on the collector market, estimates are anticipated to be well above US$200K. After all, if Steve McQueen’s ’63 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso could sell for $2.3 million in 2007, something north of $2 million sounds fairly sensible for an automobile once driven by one of the most influential musicians in modern history. Attend this event. Tell ’em supply&demand sent ‘cha.

The 1965 Ferrari 330 GT was largely criticized for its lack of predatory animal appeal. But who cares? John Lennon picked it.

Front view - 1965 Ferrari 330 GT

Baby you can drive my car.

-johnny o.

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