As August comes to an end, we’ll soon have the Goodwood Revival to look forward to. A whirlwind of retro clothing, vintage music and classic cars, it’s as British as fish and chips, the mighty Spitfire, or the Rolling Stones.
Speaking of those particular 60s rockers, this Goodwood Revival will see a car special to one of the band members go under the hammer at Bonhams’ annual Revival sale. A 1972 Ferrari Dino, first bought by Keith Richards, is expected to fetch up to £400,000 when it goes up for auction.
The car was made specially for the American market
Richards may be a UK rocker through and through, but this particular Dino was actually created for the American market, and was bought by the rockstar in California, in the February of 1972.
But, so much did he love the 2.4 litre,175-hp V-6 engine — with its 5-speed manual gearbox, no less — that Richards decided to ship the Dino across the pond with him three years later, where it roared around the streets of Chelsea. It wasn’t until 1986 that the Rolling Stones’ guitarist finally gave it up, selling to a prestigious Japanese collector.
An interior fit for a rockstar
But, to this day, the car oozes 1970s glamour with its black leather interiors and sultry Argento silver paintwork. Just look at those ridged seats, and the metal cutout steering wheel — punctuated with Ferrari’s striking yellow roundel at the centre. It’s a car fit for a rockstar.
And the performance is similarly exciting. Despite Richards confessing that he he didn’t like to be the “fastest gun in the west” on his guitar strings, it would appear that his taste in cars was different — 148mph different to be exact.
Racy handling to feel like “a Rock God”
The Dino’s mid-to-rear engine design is traditionally suited to life on the track. However, the 246GT makes the racing car fantasy a reality for non-professional drivers with an innate ability to tame the Dino’s racy handling.
“If you want to feel like a Rock God, this is the car for you,” says Sholto Gilbertson, Director of Motor Cars at Bonhams. “The stunning low-sloping bonnet, purring engine power and 0 – 50 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds makes the 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT a very attractive choice.”
Keith Richards’ 1972 Ferrari Dino
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