By Jack Williams
This upcoming auction will make The Beatles’ immortal promise, “Baby, you can drive my car,” a reality, as John Lennon’s last vehicle and Paul McCartney’s Mini will be up for grabs.
Lennon’s final car, a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Station Wagon, is the stand-out lot in the auction, which will take place on September 1, 2018, in Auburn, Indiana.
The car was ordered at the request of Yoko Ono by Lennon’s personal assistant, Fredric Seaman, in late 1978.
At the time of Lennon’s death, on December 8, 1980, the car was parked in the garage at the Dakota Apartments, New York, where the singer was shot, and it has been documented by Seaman that Lennon used the car as a means of personal transportation.
Lennon’s car was also believed to be the first of its kind to be imported into the United States.
And while The Beatles declared, “Money Can’t Buy Me Love,” a chunk of cash will get one successful bidder one of only four custom-built Mini’s made for the Fab Four.
McCartney’s Mini – a 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S De Ville – was a high performance version of the popular British classic and was shown in The Beatles’ 1967 movie, “Magical Mystery Tour.”
McCartney was also later photographed taking his future wife, Linda Eastman, for a spin in the car, which, along with Lennon’s Mercedez-Benz, has been on display at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum for more than 10 years.
An estimate has not been placed on either car, with both vehicles being offered without reserve.
John Kruse, principal and auctioneer of Worldwide Auctioneers, said: “Both of these iconic motorcars have amazing, documented provenance and both are fantastic symbols of musical, social and automotive history whose value as offered greatly exceeds that of the cars themselves.
“It’s difficult to imagine more celebrated early custodians than John Lennon and Paul McCartney and we’re obviously thrilled to have been entrusted with their sale.
“Even more excitingly, along with over 100 other great cars from private collections in this year’s Auburn Auction, they will be offered for sale entirely without reserve, a once in a lifetime opportunity for somebody to acquire a genuine piece of 1960’s rock history.”