Keith Richards' 1950 Pontiac convertible heads to auction

The car owned and used by Rolling Stone Keith Richards during recording of 'Exile on Main St.' is heading to auction. Note: ‘Tumbling Dice’ sold separately.
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A 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Silver Streak convertible owned by guitarist Keith Richards and used by The Rolling Stones headlines Bonhams Sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak convertible

Richards owned the car while he and the rest of The Rolling Stones were based on the Cote d’Azur of France in 1971 to record the acclaimed “Exile on Main Street” album, according to a Bonham’s news release.

When The Rolling Stones arrived on the Cote d’Azur in 1971, the band was joined by a steady stream of visitors, from William Burroughs to Gram Parsons. The car, which features in photographs of the band at the time, has attracted a pre-sale estimate of approximately $28,500 to $31,730. The sale will be held April 30, 2012, at the RAF Museum in Hendon, London.

Interior of Keith Richards 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak Convertible

Other automobiles highlighted in Bonhams’ sale include a 3-liter Bentley Speed Model ($238,000 to $285,500); a left-hand drive 1958 Austin Healey 100/6 ($44,420 to $50,760); and a 1957 Lancia B20 Aurelia ($29,660 to $47,595).