In February 1965 The Beatles recorded Ticket to Ride, one of their biggest hits and at the same time John Lennon passed his driving test.
Different luxury car dealerships saw an opportunity to grab a high-profile client and soon the road next to his house was filled with Maseratis, Aston Martins and also the iconic Jaguar E-Type. Lennon finally picked a Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe finished in Azzuro blue paint with a blue interior. He paid £6,500 that is little over £110,000 in today’s money.
Lennon used the car until October 1967, covering more than 20,000 miles. In late 1980, car’s current owner acquired it from Modena Ferrari dealership, which at the time was painted red. It was soon restored to its original specification.
Lennon’s blue 330GT is 1 of 500 of its type built and is estimated to sell between £180,000 and £220,000.
Sholto Gilbertson, Senior Specialist in the Bonhams Motor Car Department, said: “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.
This classic Ferrari will join other rare classics including a 1955 Maserati 300S Sports-Racing Spider (estimate £3.5 million – £4.5 million); a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 ‘Le Mans’ Tourer (estimate £1.4 million – £1.8 million); and an example of the ultimate Ferrari from the 1960s – the 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast (estimate £800,000 – £1 million) at the Bonhams auction on Friday 12th July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, UK.