Celebrity Cars for Sale: The High Price of Fame

John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari 330 GT

Our world is ruled by celebrities, even the dead ones. John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330 GT is being auctioned off in Paris on February 5. It is expected to bring around $220,000, forked over by some lucky buyer, smitten with the notion of sitting in the same seat as the ex-Beatle.

According to TopGear, this was John’s first car, bought after he passed his driving test. All the nearby luxury car dealers flocked to Lennon’s Weybridge home. “Astons, Jags and Maseratis flooded the road outside, as Lennon calmly strolled outside, had a peek at the collected exotica and plumped for the 330 GT.”

The man owned a succession of cars, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom V limo with psychedelic repaint, sold in 1985 for $2.3 million. And his incognito car, a ’72 Chrysler Town & Country wagon, was recently sold in Connecticut for a mere $5,500. People love not only celebrities; they love glitz more, as you will see after the break.

David Beckham's Porsche 911 TurboThere’s another auction going on, and you’d better hurry for this one. With only a day left, eBay Motors (scroll down for more pix) is auctioning David Beckham’s 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, and the price, last time I checked, was over $210,000, probably twice what you’d pay for the car without the soccer star’s name attached to it.

There are some comparable cars listed on our DealFinder, but none obviously with this cachet or the fancy aftermarket stuff that Dave-boy has added to his machine. But again, can you imagine sitting in the very seat that Victoria Beckham has plopped herself in? Photo at right shows some aftermarket additions to Victoria.

There is in fact a website called Celebrity Cars Blog, and it’s devoted to displaying mostly females (famous ones, I guess, but few I’ve ever heard of), showing them without makeup, shopping, pumping gas, or opening doors of their ostentatious vehicles, etc. You’ll be glad to know that Lindsay Lohan was just “gifted” a new Range Rover Onyx (tuned and pimped version of the RR Sport) and smashed her garage door down on the bumper.

Lindsay’s had enough trouble lately, don’t you think?

Do you follow celebrities and their cars? Why—or why not?

—jgoods

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