John Lennon’s first car, a sky blue Ferrari 330 GT coupe from 1965 is going to be sold in UK for about $337,950, auctioneers Bonhams said.
Lennon, who was 24 at the time, bought the beautiful Ferrari in February 1965 for about $10,000. He is said to have loved the Ferrari, racking up more than 20,000 miles on it in the three years he owned it.
The Ferrari has had its original blue paint job restored, been with its original registration plate and sold with documents about its history and correspondence with Lennon.
“It is a wonderful commentary on the early excitement generated by ‘Beatlemania’ that John Lennon didn’t even have to leave his house to buy his first car,” noted Sholto Gilbertson, senior specialist in the Bonhams Motor Car Department.
In February, 2011, Bonhams planned to sell the same Ferrari at an auction in Paris, but the seller withdrew the car just before the sale.
Lennon has been shot dead in 1980 as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 23.00 local time.
In 1985, New York City dedicated an area of Central Park directly across from The Dakota as Strawberry Fields, where Lennon had frequently walked.