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Imagine Buying John Lennon's Last Ride, a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Station Wagon

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Just last week we reported on a rare Penny Lane Morris Mini that was up for sale, and while that quirky little car certainly had a Beatles connection, here’s one that was actually owned by one of the fab four. Now crossing the auction block is John Lennon’s 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD station wagon, the last car Lennon ever drove. It was the iconic musician's daily driver, used to haul around recording equipment, and was reportedly sitting in the garage of his Manhattan apartment building when he was tragically shot to death on the front steps in 1980.

The 300TD is powered by a 2988cc inline-five diesel that only made 77 horsepower when new. If you think that's a little low, remember: this was the turbocharged engine, and you could get a non-turbo diesel that made even less power. It has a four-speed automatic transmission, independent suspension, and disc brakes making it pretty advanced...for 1979. Still, coming from an era where Mercedes was known for making overbuilt tanks, it stands out as one of the coolest.

Source: The Drive

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