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Automotive Traveler Magazine: Vol 2 Iss 2 Page 119

noteworthy previous owner, making it worth a little more for the right buyer. And with the current perfect storm of Beatles nostalgia taking place where Paul McCartney is touring, with iTunes releasing the Fab Four's songs, and with the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, now might be the perfect time to sell this old family hauler.

Self-described as musically inept, Sam Fiorani is extremely proud of his music collection, which includes nearly 1,000 vinyl records, among them a handful of Beatles tunes. He even owns the decidedly un-Beatles soundtrack to the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. Please don't hold that against him.

John Lennon, Typical Dad

By Richard Truesdell

We're always on the hunt for subjects for the Not Found on eBay department, and this was one we simply couldn't pass up. While visiting my family in New Jersey over Christmas, I picked up a new 2011 Dodge Durango (thanks, Ron Kevit and the team at ESI in New Jersey) and drove to the Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, Connecticut to photograph this piece of pop culture history. The white jacket Lennon wore for the Abbey Road shoot will also be offered.

While there, I met with owner Kathy Braswell, who was most gracious in giving me full access to the car--which, unfortunately, did not run. We made a vain attempt to start the car using the tried-and-true method of pouring raw gas down the carburetor and priming it with a shot of starter fluid.

Sitting behind the wheel of the battered Chrysler, I thought of what a loss John Lennon's sudden death was not only to the music world but to all of us. At the time, he had finished Double Fantasy and was basking in domestic life with Yoko Ono and their son Sean.

Lennon apparently loved this car, saying he could go anywhere in it in relative anonymity. He wasn't John Lennon, ex-Beatle. He was just another loving husband and father living in New York, his adopted city.


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