When famous singer John Lennon passed his driver’s test at 25 years of age, he decided to pick himself up a 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe. And during the same month that he got his license, he and The Beatles recorded “Ticket to Ride” – a song that would be one of their biggest hits.
However, he didn’t acquire this car by actually going out to a dealership and picking it out. Instead, when dealerships heard that he had received a driver’s license, they drove to his Kenwood home in Surrey and displayed their finest cars in front of his house. Jaguars, Aston Martins, Ferraris, and Maseratis were laid out before him.
When Lennon was inspecting the cars, he decided on a right-hand drive Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe finished in Azzuro blue paint.
This exact car is being offered by Bonhams with its original DUL 4C registration restored by the DVLA. It will be auctioned off at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale and is expected to fetch between $233,000 and $285,000.
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.
“We are delighted to be offering a car associated with such an icon of contemporary popular culture at the first of our Goodwood series of auctions in 2013. Already our Festival of Speed Sale is shaping up to potentially eclipse last year’s record-breaking total.”