A 1983 Ferrari 400i with just 2,000 miles – and owned by the Rolling Stones Keith Richards – is up for auction at R M Sotheby’s Modena sale next month.
Four-seat Ferrari’s may not be the most desirable cars on the wish list of Classic Car collectors, but this 1983 Ferrari 400i – with just 2,000 miles from new – has something in its favour as it crosses the block at R M Sotheby’s – the Rolling Stones.
This 400i was collected from the Ferrari factory in 1983 by the Stones’ then Tour Manager – Alan Dunn – along with seven other Ferraris acquired for the band and privileged members of their entourage as transport for the European tour supporting the Tattoo You album.
Of the seven, three were Ferrari 400is – one each for Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Keith Richards. And it’s Keith Richards’ Ferrari that’s now up for grabs.
Used by Keith as a daily driver when the Stones were working on the Dirty Work album, then Ferrari was eventually shipped back to the UK for Keith to use when he was here.
Clearly he didn’t use it much, as in the 34 years since it was acquired it’s only managed to clock up 2,000 miles (3,267km).
Finished in Black with Blue interior, with five-speed manual, RM’s appraiser considers it to be the cleanest, most stunningly original 400i he’s ever seen. All of which makes the 400i a bit more than just a celebrity star history buy.
Keith Richard’s 1983 Ferrari 400i will be up for grabs – without reserve – at RM Sotheby’s Legend and Passion auction in Modena on 9 September.