On 8th September 2018, Bonhams will be holding their annual Goodwood Revival sale. On offer this year is a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT first bought by rock ‘n’ roll royalty Keith Richards. Estimated at £300,000-400,000.
If Richards couldn’t get no “Satisfaction” in 1965, it was because he hadn’t yet bought the Dino. A car of sensational automotive design, the 2.4 litre, 175-hp V-6 engine, with a 5-speed manual gearbox, was made especially for the American market and bought new by Richards in February 1972. So fond was Richards of the car that three years later the Dino travelled across the pond with him, from California to London, and was driven around the streets of Chelsea by the Rolling Stones’ guitarist until 1986, when it was then purchased by a prestigious Japanese collector.
This model oozes 1970s glamour with black leather interiors and sultry Argento silver paintwork, befitting of a rockstar at the height of his fame. Despite Richards confessing he didn’t like to be the “fastest gun in the west” on his guitar strings, when it came to cars it would seem the faster the better- 148mph to be exact. 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.
Sholto Gilbertson, Director of Motor Cars at Bonhams says “If you want to feel like a Rock God, this is the car for you. 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.”