Whenever you can attach a pop culture icon to a tangible good, you can guarantee that the price will be affected — usually for the better. Sometimes that means Justin Timberlake will sell leftover French toast to the tune of $3,000. Other times, you get something like this — John Lennon’s 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD. According to the auction listing, this turbodiesel wagon was the last car Lennon ever used.
Ordered by Lennon’s personal assistant on the request of Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, this ’79 Mercedes made its way to the musician in late ’78. The mechanically fuel-injected five-cylinder diesel only makes 77 hp, so if you plan on taking it on a road trip, you’d probably want eight days that week <rimshot>. Puns aside, anyone who plans on snagging this wagon will need to be a serious Lennon collector — or a museum.
According to the listing, the wagon was mentioned in his assistant’s book “The Last Days of John Lennon.” Lennon apparently used the wagon to haul music equipment to and from various studios while recording his last album “Double Fantasy.” The wagon also moved the master tapes of that record.
The downside of this wagon is that it’s not exactly original. The listing states that it has an older repaint as well as upgraded wheels. It’s hard to say if that will hurt the wagon’s price, considering the price is rooted in Lennon’s former ownership, but we’ll wait and see. The ’79 Mercedes is slated for the Worldwide Auburn auction that kicks off Sept. 1, 2018. If you know, or you are, a serious Beatles collector, you’ll want to head to northern Indiana and try your hand at owning a piece of history.