John Lennon 2600 Sprint
Though I do wish to retain some discretion involving the matter, I thought it necessary to "nip in the bud" rumor regarding the John Lennon 2600 Sprint.
Enclosed is a photo of the car, which I have owned for some time, in it's current, unrestored , psychedelic paint job, just as commissioned by Lennon in the early '70's. It is an original white Series 2 car. The car has been partially disassembled for restoration by previous owners but is relatively complete and solid. It is currently awaiting a sensitive restoration.
The car was purchased new in Rome and bought USED by Lennon in San Francisco in late 1971. The original owner is a little old lady who crashed the car on the Embarcadero (twice!) and when confronted with excessive repair bills, the insurance company totaled the car. The dealership bought the car back, fixed it (right front fender repair still visible), and had a low mileage, newly painted off-white 2600 to offer Lennon, a longtime Italian car fan. I have been fortunate enough to interview this wonderful lady while researching the history of this car.
The car was sold on in early 1973.The subsequent owner ended up with the car impounded in that same year, where it sat indoors for 13 years, accumulating storage fees. In 1986, Pat Braden bought the car and kept it as his home in Placentia, CA. The car has never left the country. I purchased the car, along with another 2600 Sprint (red), which was the car pictured in Pat's book, "The Alfa Romeo Owners Bible". That car has since been sold on Ebay a few years back.
I have not relayed anything that is not already documented public knowledge. A California DMV search was done on the car by the previous owner, showing Lennon's ownership with a Capitol Records mailing address in Los Angeles. Photos of the car and details of the story above appeared in Classic and Sports Car Magazine, June 1999. For his part, Pat Braden documented his involvement with the car in Sports Car Market Letter, April 2002.
While I had heard past mumblings about a non-Beatle "John Lennon" of Britain, I frankly paid them no mind as it was quickly debunked, and probably a play to confuse the provenance with that of this car.
The car was never advertised "for sale" in Hemmings that I am aware of, though a picture and a public plea for more information was made by myself some time ago in that magazine.
Regards, William Hall