All original Ferrari 400i goes to auction with one careful rock legend owner
Be like a Rolling Stone – Keith Richards stunning 1983 Ferrari 400i is up for auction
Rock stars and cars are two things that generally don’t mix very well. We all know that rock stars spend a large amount of time touring the world while testing the ability of their bodies to survive large amounts of recreational abuse.
One such rock star is professional tree climber and guitarist Keith Richards, who by his own admission has spent a lot of time on tour while becoming a professor of recreational self-abuse. The Rolling Stones lead guitarist has a thing for cars having owned a gorgeous Ferrari Dino 246GT from new before selling it a few years back.
Keith Richards not climbing a tree - Credit - rmsothebys.com
Now Richards has decided to let another of his collection go in the form of this stunning all original and un-restored 1983 Ferrari 400i V12 with a five-speed manual gearbox. The guitarist has owned this car since it was collected from the Maranello factory in 1983 by the Stone’s tour manager. It was one of seven Ferrari’s collected for use by the band and their associates at the time.
A stunning looking Grand Tourer - Credit - rmsothebys.com
The 400i was then driven straight to Paris where Richards used it to commute to the studio sessions for what later became the Dirty Work album. In the 34 years since the car has covered just 3,627 km/h (2,253 miles) and is described as in totally original condition exactly as it left the factory aside from the relocation of the boot release at the guitarist’s request.
Engine bay awesomeness right there - Credit - rmsothebys.com
Built as a dedicated Grand Tourer with a 2+2 seating layout, the 400i features a front mounted 4.8-litre V12 engine producing 315hp. Only 422 cars were equipped with a manual gearbox out of a total of 1,305 cars built. A 400i normally sells for £20,000 to £30,000 – the price for this one with its originality and the famous owner is estimated to be EUR 125,000 to 175,000 (£116,150 - £162,612) at auction.
Retro greatness in blue - Credit - rmsothebys.co
While this may sound like a lot of cash, at least this car has been driven. Stone’s drummer Charlie Watts is famous for collecting cars but being unable to drive them due to not actually holding a driving licence.
This Ferrari 400i will be auctioned at ‘Ferrari – Legend and Passion’ on 9 September 2017 at Maranello.