Here’s an unsurpassed proposition for the die-hard Rolling Stones fan; you could come to own legendary guitarist Keith Richards’ restored 1965 Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
Keith Richards’ Bentley bears the nickname “Blue Lena,” after jazz singer Lena Horne, and the color of its paint. The car transported Richards – and the rest of the band – to and from gigs, on trips around Europe, and to an infamous adventure to Northern Africa, where Keith Richards and company fled the media attention surrounding a recent narcotics bust in the UK.
What’s even more novel about the car is that some time after purchase, Keith Richards had a secret, hidden compartment installed in which he could stash his drugs.
The ageing rockstar has expressed at least some understanding of how perverse his use of the dignified car was, writing in his autobiography: “My dark blue Bentley, my S3 Continental Flying Spur – an automobile of some rarity, one of a limited edition of 87. Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.”
Keith Richards’ Bentley Continental “Blue Lena” Flying Spur will be auctioned off by Bonhams in September, in Chichester, West Sussex, England. The auction company expects the car to fetch somewhere around £400,000 to £600,000 (about $624,000 to $936,000).