Back in February, we noted the arrival of the ludicrously luxurious new Bentley Flying Spur.

That put us in mind of another Flying Spur we’ve had occasion to focus on in the past—the one owned by Keith Richards in the ’60s.

One of only 86 four-door Bentley S3 Continentals with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner built from 1962 to 1965, Keef dubbed his elegant conveyance “Blue Lena.”


Stones blog (Diet) Coke and Sympathy tells us that in 1967 while dealing with fallout from narcotics charges, Keith, girlfriend Anita Pallenberg and fellow Stone Brian Jones decided to take a road trip.

“It was one of those sudden things, ‘Let’s jump in the Bentley and go to Morocco,’” Keef recalled.

“So in early March, we did a runner. We’ve got free time and we’ve got the best car to do it in.”

Heading out from London—a distance of some 1,900 miles—they arrived to find that the drug situation was, shall we say, somewhat more relaxed…

keith richards with pipe