A 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Silver Streak Convertible owned by Keith Richards while the Rolling Stones were based on the Côte d’Azur in the 1970s will be offered for sale at Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia auction at the RAF Museum in Hendon, UK, on April 30.
The car, which features in photographs of the band at the time, is vastly underestimated at up to about $35,000 and could be a serious steal for some savvy collector.
The Stones arrived on the Côte d’Azur in 1971 to record Exile on Main Street and were immediately descended upon by a steady stream of visitors from William Burroughs to Gram Parsons, many of whom, we assume, went for rides in Keith’s car.
Given the twisty roads in the South of France and the guitarist’s penchant for substance abuse, that must have included many near-death experiences…
- Posted March 27, 2012
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