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John Lennon's First Car, a Ferrari 330GT, Sells for $540,000 at Auction

It was one of 500 made

 
 
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Lennon bought the car new in 1965 from his home

John Lennon's first car, a blue 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe330 GT 2+2Ferrari 330 GT 2+2Italy, 1963 > 196519 photos
, sold for £359,900 (€416,213 or $541,577) at Bonham's auction during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bonham's estimated that the car would sell for between £180,000 and £220,000 ($277,000 and $340,000). Only about 500 330GT 2+2s were made, and the sale included restoration documents and proof that it was Lennon's car. 

Lennon was 25 by the time he got his driver's license in 1965, already married and a father. The Beatles had just released "Ticket to Ride," its ninth #1 hit on the music charts in the US. 

Local luxury auto dealers crammed outside of Lennon's house in hopes that he would chose one of their cars. He could have chosen anything, but he bought a right-hand driver Ferrari 330GT 2+2 in Azzuro Blue with a blue interior, which is quite possibly the best first car ever. He paid £6,500, over £100,000 in today's money and kept the car until October 1967 to cover over 20,000 miles.

The Bonham's auction also included the sale of Juan Manuel Fangio's race-winning 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196RW196 Motortyp 196Mercedes-Benz W196 Motort...Germany, 1954 > 195515 photos
for an auction record $29.6 million. 

Source: Left Lane News

 

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FerrariFerrari
330 GT 2+2330 GT 2+2
Engine
V 12
Displacement
242 cu in
Top Speed
152 mph
Transmission
4, Manual
Maximum power
304 hp @ 6600 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
--
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 1.042

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