The stars are aligned for the no-reserve sale of a low-mileage 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT at Coys’ May 9 auction in Monaco because the sports coupe comes with the highest order of rock ‘n roll celebrity provenance.
This Dino was originally owned by none other than Keith Richards, legendary guitarist for the Rolling Stones, who bought it new, kept it for 14 years and drove it about 25,000 miles. Now with just 28,000 on its odometer, the mid-engine Ferrari is in pristine condition after an extended time in a prestigious Japanese collection, according to the British auction company.
Accompanying the car is a letter of authenticity from Rolling Stones’ manager Alan Dunn confirming Richards’ ownership and mileage up until April 1986.
Values for the V6-powered Dinos have climbed in recent years, along with the values of all classic Ferraris, as collectors re-discovered the car’s exceptional drivability and attractive styling. Dinos now range in value from around $250,000 to $400,000, depending on condition, according to the latest price guides, although the Keith Richards connection has the potential of blowing it through the roof.
“A Dino offered at no reserve is rare enough in itself and would make this is a highly desirable and collectible item in its own right,” said Chris Routledge, managing partner at Coys. “But when one adds to this proven long-term ownership by rock and roll aristocracy, the Keith Richards’s car has to be the ultimate Dino and will surely give any car collector and rock enthusiast a great ‘Satisfaction’.”