The Rolling Stones are a band that – over its nearly 50 year history – has been known for its excess. From their extended holdup in a French villa for the countrified classic “Exile on Main Street” to their infamous oversized stage from their most recent “A Bigger Bang Tour,” which reportedly caused damage to many outfields – even the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park, the band has a penchant for taking rock ‘n’ roll and making it bigger and better – regardless of the consequences.
But, with this devil-may-care sense of mayhem, always came a touch of class. This is perhaps best noted in their extravagant purchases, whether it was the best hotel rooms or automobiles of their day. However, while many of their famous items were lost due to damage – a casualty of their particular brand of style – some of their possessions – and improbably most of the original members – have survived.
According to Old Cars Weekly, one treasure that classic car fans can potentially get their hands on – a 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Silver Streak owned by guitarist Keith Richards – will be up for auction as part of the 2012 Bonhams Sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia.
The classic ride – which has a deep navy paint job – was owned and used by the band members during the recording of “Exile,” where their villa was also frequented by notable icons including William Burroughs and Gram Parsons. Pre-sale estimates place the value of the car at between $28,000 and $31,000, thought it may fetch for much more when sold at the event on April 30 at the RAF Museum in Hendon, London.
However, those who aren’t able to afford this particular version of the Chieftain can take solace in the fact that these cars tend to be available in various conditions. Hemmings Motor News noted in 2008 that there had been an upswing in “post-war Pontiacs” in recent years, even though some may be closer in quality to the kind of carnage you’d expect from the Stones themselves.
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