Friday 28 October 2016
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Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman Selling Rock-Star Wheels

Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman Selling Rock-Star Wheels

If you love the Rolling Stones and love vintage cars, and who doesn’t love both of those, it doesn’t get much better than this. Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman is reportedly selling two cars that are part of rock n’ roll history.

Wyman is putting his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM and a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S on the auction block in June. The musician drove the two classics around when he was making some of the Stones’ most famous recordings.

“From 1966 to 1969, I used the car to travel around London and to Olympic Studios where we were recording Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed. When we weren’t in the studio or touring I drove it round England with my camera, taking photos,” he is quoted as having said by Bonhams.

It goes without saying, Wyman has a lot of memories in the cars, especially his custom-fitted Mercedes. In fact, Wyman got the first Mercedes with blacked out windows after helping pay for research and development.

Wyman recalls “everyone was getting blacked-out windows” at the time. “Mercedes had never done blacked-out windows though, so I had to contribute to the research on how to make them. ”

Of course, getting pulled over came with the territory.

“Then, of course, I got stopped all the time. The police usually wanted to see who was in it.”

The Mercedes could fetch as much as $38,000. As for the Citroen, it could go as high as$64,000. Wyman drove it extensively when he lived in the south of France from 1971 to 1982.

“The minute I saw the Maserati,” said Wyman. “I thought this is it! It looked so beautiful. They showed me that incredible engine and the double headlights … and I thought, incredible! I fell in love with it.”

“I’d drive it to Keith Richards’ place, miles away in Cap Ferrat, to record Exile on Main Street album, and I’d drive to Paris and back, an eight-hour journey each way,” he is quoted as saying.

Both vehicles will be up on the auction block at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale on June 26 in Goodwood, England.

“I am sorry to say goodbye to these two cars,” said Wyman. “I feel they should now go to people who will love and take care of them as much as I have.”

Wyman, now 78, left the Rolling Stones in 1993.  For the record, his famous bandmates are car guys too. Keith Richards owned a 1972 Dino and 1966 Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Mick Jagger drove an Aston Martin DB6 and Morgan V8.

Photo Credit: Matthew Howell/Bonhams