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Keith Richards’ Ferrari is up for sale
This is a Ferrari Dino 246GT built in 1972 and purchased new by a man named Keith Richards. Keith Richards, if you are unaware, is a person who enjoys playing the guitar with his friends in a little band called the ‘Rolling Stones’.
Now this Dino is coming up for auction next month, and is actually something you should pay attention to, because there’s no reserve.
So, what you get is a Ferrari with some proper rock n’ roll royalty attached to it. Richards - one of the founding members of the Stones, and a man who really could do with an iron over his body - bought the Dino brand new in California in 1972, bringing it over to the rain-washed shores of Britain in 1975.
He kept the Dino for fourteen years until April 1986, covering just 25,000 miles. If the poor little Ferrari could only talk about that time, the stories it could tell…
Anyway, after its time in Richards’ hands, the Dino was sold to a ‘prestigious’ collector and spent an extended period of time in Japan.
It’s being offered up for sale at Coys’ Monaco auction on 9 May, and here’s the thing: there’s no reserve on the car. Which means there’s no minimum price at which the Dino has to sell at.
“A Dino offered at no reserve is rare enough in itself,” a Coys spokesman said, “but when one adds to this proven long-term ownership by rock and roll aristocracy, the Keith Richards car has to be the ultimate Dino.”
Ferrari first premiered the Dino 246GT at the Turin Motor Show in November of 1969, taking over from the 206GT that preceded it. Underneath sat a rear-mounted, transverse engine 2.4-litre V6 pushing out 195bhp, though the only acceleration figure we can provide is a 0-1000m time of 26.8s and a top speed of 146mph.
But then you don’t buy a Dino for its performance. You buy it because it looks gorgeous. Especially this one. You know what to do*.
*By which we mean, the winning bidder should probably give the car a thorough hoover and valet