• John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330 GT to be auctioned off at Bonhams

With the automotive world’s attention directed at the Detroit Auto Show, it becomes easy to miss important items that aren’t directly involved with the 2011 NAIAS.

This is one of them.

If you happen to be a Ferrari fanatic who also happens to be a Beatlemaniac, then this historic piece of ride just may be what the doctor ordered. It’s a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, a pretty rare car in its own right. But what makes it even more of a collector’s goldmine is the fact that this particular Ferrari once had a very famous owner: John Lennon.

More than just being driven by the legendary Beatles frontman, this particular Ferrari also happened to be Lennon’s very first car. We figured that the late singer-songwriter had impeccable taste in his vehicles and when we found out that his first ride was a Ferrari, it pretty much put our idolatrous worship on him to a new level.

Recently, we found out that John Lennon’s ’65 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 is actually headed to a Bonhams auction on February 5, 2011 in Paris. No word on how much it’s going to cost, but estimates have pegged it to be sold at somewhere around €120,000-170,000, or around $155,000 – 220,000 based on current exchange rates.

We don’t usually fork over that much money at auctions like these, but with this car, we’re going to seriously consider it.

Press Release after the jump.

John Lennon’s Car – A Ferrari 330 GT - To Sell at Bonhams

Formerly the property of John Lennon, a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe, which was the first car that John Lennon bought on passing his driving test in 1965, is to be sold at Bonhams’ Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais on 5 February 2011. It has attracted a pre-sale estimate of €120,000 – 170,000.

Philip Norman recounts in his biography John Lennon – A Life: ’In February 1965, John passed his driving test, 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.’

Better known is Lennon’s Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine, which he had delivered two months later and, subsequently, had painted in psychedelic colours. In the same garage, he also kept a Mini. In his book, John Lennon Imagined: Cultural History of a Rock Star, Janne Mäkelä records that Lennon’s stable consisted of a Mini ’for pottering about in’, a Rolls-Royce ’for relaxing’ and a Ferrari ’for zoom’.

However this ’stable’ was soon to change. On November 12 of the same year, The Autocar Magazine recorded Brydon Cars as offering for sale a ’Ferrari 330 GT fixed head coupe. 2+2 opalescent silver blue, electric windows, 3,000 miles. Ex-property of John Lennon MBE.’

The Ferrari’s provenance after this is unclear, but by the late 1980s it was with Modena Engineering, from whom the current vendor bought the car. In the mid 1990s, it underwent a comprehensive restoration to original specification.

Source: Bonhams

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  (449) posted on 03.29.2011

Do you mean John Lennon? Well, this car is beautiful compare to the other model during its time. I think roadster type car has the hottest wheel. I really those vintage car.

  (274) posted on 03.15.2011

I’m sure this vintage car most probably cost millions! I can’t really see the beautiful part on this car but I will not argue about it. I just wonder why Jay Leno put his car in auctioned?

  (445) posted on 03.9.2011

The great John Lennon’s car is for sale? Now that would definitely be a good collection piece. Too bad that it would likely be expensive.

  (763) posted on 01.17.2011

hope john lennon’s soul wont visit the one who bought this car.

  (477) posted on 01.16.2011

it looks great but they forgot to include the step board and front bull bar, I like it more than the Humvee. fuel consumption is fare and the cost is also reasonable.

  (324) posted on 01.13.2011

for me it should be auctioned for charity.. with those money, it can help a lot of children and homeless people. and for food and shelter funds.

  (701) posted on 01.13.2011

for sure its price is more than its original price, besides it was owned by John Lennon, this car should be donated to national museum together with his wax statue.

  (1022) posted on 01.12.2011

an old model of ferrari owned by a worlds famous singer, for sure ad hundred thousand buks is not enough for this one I bet I bet this one could reach up to a million dollar worth.

  (1332) posted on 01.12.2011

better if they auctioned it and gave the money to charity, for sure many will be happy about it. plus a single cents of it is worthy for the homeless children.

  (26) posted on 01.12.2011

I think this car is for reminding us that Ferrari branded itself with red color in recent years! smiley

  (65) posted on 01.12.2011

Beautiful car. Too bad it’s blue! I personally think it will reach 1 million smiley

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