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Start Me Up: Keith Richards Dino on the Block

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On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 1:43PM | By: Gary P Garry

Start Me Up: Keith Richards Dino on the Block

Owning a car that was once driven by a famous rock star would make you feel like, well, a rock star. Of course, there are varying degrees of rock star, and there are varying degrees of car.

What about the ultimate car that was owned by the ultimate rock star? That kind of opportunity is presenting itself at an auction that is coming up at Coys of Kensington, a British auction house.

If there was a picture of a person under the term “rock star” in the dictionary, it would have to be a picture of Keith Richards. The quintessential rock star automobile has to be the Ferrari, and a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT is going up for auction, a car that was owned by the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter.

Maybe you and I can't always get what we want, but Keith Richards has never had a problem with that. According to reports, he bought the car in California in 1972, had it transported to England in 1975, and ultimately sold it in 1986. It's a silver beauty with a black leather interior and 2.4-liter V-6 under the hood.

Enzo Ferrari was the man behind the legendary automotive brand. He was born in 1898, and he decided that he wanted to be a race car driver when he was just ten years old. By 1920 he was working for Alfa Romeo and driving their cars in races. He founded Scuderia Ferrari in 1929, and from there he steadily ascended to legendary status within the industry.

He had a son named Alfredo, who was nicknamed Dino. The Ferrari V-6 engine was Dino's idea, and it has always carried a certain emotional significance.

Dino died of muscular dystrophy in 1954 when he was just 26 years of age. He never got a chance to see the engine in action, but Ferrari used variants of the Dino for over 40 years, including an 8-cylinder and a 12-cylinder.

The Keith Richards Ferrari Dino is a one-of-a-kind slice of history on two different levels. This is a car that will be offered with no reserve at the auction, which is very rare for a Dino of this vintage.

If you want to know how much money you should grab out of your mattress to take to the auction, experts are expecting the 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT to fetch somewhere between $277,000 and $347,000.


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