Keith Richards’ Old Pontiac to be Sold at Bonhams Auction

Posted by Steve White on Apr 09, 2012

A 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Silver Streak that once belonged to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will be crossing the block at a Bonhams classic car auction this month.

Richards bought the dark blue convertible when the Rolling Stones were residing in the South of France during the 1970s, and he used it when the band was recording the Exile on Main Street album. The 68-year-old musician loved the car so much that he kept it for more than a decade before selling it to its present British owner in 1985.

The Rolling Stones moved to the Cote d’Azur in the year 1971, and they were joined by a constant stream of visitors, which included singer Gram Parsons and novelist William Burroughs. The band had relocated there to avoid tax, and they managed to produce a double album that is considered by many fans as one of their finest.

The car is automatic and left-hand drive. Since it was not used extensively, it is in immaculate condition with original paint and trim. It is expected to fetch between $28,850 and $35,000 at the auction. The Bonhams auction, called the Collectors’ Motor Cars and Memorabilia, will be held on the 30th of April, 2012 at the RAF Museum in Hendon, England.

 

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