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John Lennon, Movie Cars, & Autos Of Autocrats: CelebsAndCars' Week In Review

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1965 Ferrari 330 GT owned by John Lennon

1965 Ferrari 330 GT owned by John Lennon

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Between the shortened holiday weekend and the lingering afterglow of the Detroit Auto Show, we haven't had gobs of time (or energy) to follow up on most of the items in the Celebs And Cars inbox -- at least not in detail. And so, in flippant Friday fashion, we present a quick rundown of the major (we use that term loosely) headlines:

  • Captain America's cars hit the block: If you're a classic car buff, you might want to scratch the date of March 3 into your Google Calendar. That's the day that 50-some-odd rides used in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger will roll into the Historics auction house at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, England. All were built between 1931 and 1948, and auction director Edward Bridger-Stille insists that they'll come with "extremely low reserves". The irony of a Captain America auction being held outside America is not lost on us. [Telegraph via Eric] 
  • John Lennon's Ferrari is up for grabs: Speaking of auctions, John Lennon's first car -- a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT -- will be sold off by Bonhams on February 5 at Paris' Grand Palais. Sounds expensive -- and it is: the auction estimate for that ride alone is €120,000 - €170,000. Start rolling those pennies. [Autoblog]
  • What becomes a dictator most? Earlier this week, Jalopnik ran footage of someone making off  with deposed Tunisian president Ben Ali's Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano in the arms (tines?) of a forklift. That inspired Jonathan Schultz at the New York Times to run through a list of other autocrat's automobiles -- a perfect read for anyone planning a getaway, weekend or otherwise. (In case you missed it, here's the clip.) [NYTimes]

  • Cars 2: The Sequel: Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pantsuit Edition: Yes, Cars is now a franchise, with Cars 2 set to launch on June 24. For the parents of fledgling gearheads, we suppose it'll be fun -- and almost certainly better than Transformers 3, as you can see from this action-packed trailer. [DisneyDreaming via Eric]
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