Baby, you can buy Len­non’s car

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.

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