1965 Ferrari 330GT, once owned by John Lennon, sells for £360,000
Goodwood Festival of Speed auction held on July 12 saw a 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 coupe, originally owned by Beatles legend John Lennon, go under the hammer. This was the first car to be owned by Lennon, which he purchased just a month after he passed his driving test in February 1965. After two years and covering a distance of 20,000 miles, Lennon finally sold his first car.
The coupe up for auction far exceeded its estimated value of £180,000 as it sold for £360,000 (INR 3.23 crores) thus contributing to the highest grossing auction of cars in Europe. Other cars on auction included a 1954 Mercedes W196 race car in which five times F1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio won two grand prix titles and a 1955 Maserati 300S Sports Racing Spider. The former has now entered record books, as it fetched the highest ever bid in motor history, $29 million (INR 172.56 crores).
What made the Lennon Ferrari auction so special was that it was offered for sale along with its original DUL 4C registration. Apart from this, just 500 units produced of this Ferrari model. It was also auctioned along with details of its history and restoration records to date and other correspondence by Lennon.