A stunning 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT owned and driven by the great Keith Richards will be auctioned off by Bonhams at its Goodwood Revival sale in the UK next month. As we noted recently the Dino, as much of an icon as the Rolling Stone himself, just celebrated its 50th anniversary in a very stylish way.
Keith took delivery of Dino new in 1972 and used it frequently when The Rolling Stones were on European tours, Bonhams' motoring department notes; his other ride of choice was a Bentley he called "Blue Lena."
As Alan Dunn, The Rolling Stones' Tour Manager, once recalled, "On these European tours of the 1970s, the band would fly to each gig and Keith, who avoided flying whenever he could, would choose to drive the Dino, frequently arriving at the band's hotel in the middle of the night."
Given Keith's often wild driving, not to mention his notorious penchant for controlled substances, "it is nothing short of miraculous" that the Ferrari survived, Bonhams notes. Keith had put about 25,000 miles on the beautiful ride before it was sold to a private collector in Japan in 1986.
Estimated at up to $500,000, this is a true piece of automotive and rock & roll history, which probably belongs in a museum somewhere but would look incredibly cool in your garage, with one of Keef's guitars hanging on the wall for good measure.
And considering that Keith bought the car the year the Stones released Exile On Main Street, and he recorded eight more hit albums with the band while he owned it, it's easily one of the most important Dinos in existence – but we'd still drive it every day....