Baby, you can buy Lennon’s car
John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda is to go under the hammer at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Scottsdale auction in the USA on 18 January. No estimate has been given but experts reckon it should fetch £400,000.
The car was delivered new to Lennon in London in 1965, as attested by the accompanying original documentation. After that it found its way into the Sarasota Classic Car Museum’s collection in Florida, where it sat for 18 years along with other Lennon Mercedes-Benzes.
Martin Godbey, director of the museum says: ‘We’re privileged to share this lovely part of rolling rock and roll royalty. We hope that it will give its new owner as much pleasure as it has museum visitors.’
John Kruse, principal at the auction house, adds: ‘It will be the only car in our auction with no published estimate. The value does not lie in the year, make or model, but rather in the ownership history. The only way to know what it’s worth is to sell it at auction to passionate bidders from around the world.’
A raft of Shelbys are also in the sale, including a 1966 GT350 Convertible offered without reserve and a 1966 Shelby GT350H, believed to be the first black/gold car built.
Lennon’s Pagoda was previously for sale in 2012 with an asking price of £369,000.