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Owning a Ferrari is rite of rock and roll passage and this one in particular belongs to one of the most iconic rockstars of all time - but soon it could be yours.
It's a 1983 Ferrari 400i that was first bought - and is still owned - by none other than Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
In just 34 years it has covered a mere 2,254 miles, all at the hands of one legendary musician. However, it's now being offered to the highest bidder at an upcoming sale - just be prepared to fork out about £160,000 if you want it.
While the 400i isn't one of the most collectible Ferraris of an era dominated by models like the Tesatrossa, 512BB and 288 GTO, this one's celebrity connection -especially as having one and only owner - is likely to see it reach a top price at RM Sotherby's upcoming sale.
It will be one of numerous Ferraris auctioned at Ferrari's headquarters in Modena, Italy, as part of the Ferrari Leggenda e Passione (Legend and Passion) event on September 9.
The backstory behind the car is a tale of true rock and roll lifestyle.
It was ordered by Richards and collected by Rolling Stones tour manager, Alan Dunn, in 1983, along with seven other Ferraris purchased by the band and its associates following the successful tour for the Tattoo You album release.
Of the seven cars, three were 400s, including this one.
Another was ordered for lead singer Mick Jagger while the third was purchased by former bass guitarist Bill Wyman.
Of all the 400s, Richards' was the only one with a five-speed manual and was ordered in the unconventional - by Ferrari standards - mix of black paint and blue interior.
According to the auctioneer, Mr Dunn drove the car directly to Paris, where it remained for some time, and was used by Mr Richards for commuting while recording the 1986 album Dirty Work.
The car was later transported to the UK where it has been used periodically but the rock star.
Speaking about the vehicle, Richards said: 'I loved this car. We didn’t spend a lot of time together and most of it was in Paris but I did open her up a couple of times. She’s a very fast girl!
'She’s been resting for a while and raring to go. Whoever gets her, treat her well and good luck.'
According to the auction description, the car is utterly original bar the repositioning of the boot release button.
An RM Sotheby's specialist referred to it as 'the cleanest, most stunningly original 400i' he had ever seen.
The item report states: 'From the engine bay to the exterior and interior, the car clearly exhibits superior condition throughout, as delivered by the factory, and has never warranted restoration, presenting as beautifully as it did on the days it was driven, undoubtedly at great speed, through the streets of Paris.'
It comes with original documentation and a warranty card that includes Richards' name - and his Jamaican address - clearly printed on the form.
Sotheby's expects the car to achieve between €125,000 and €175,000 - around £115,000 to £160,000 - when it goes under the hammer next month and will be sold without reserve.
Around 1,305 examples of the 400i were built between 1979 and 1985, featuring a potent V12 engine up front, a Pininfarina designed body and 2-plus-2 seating arrangement to make it the ultimate grand touring Ferrari of the early '80s.
While not among the most famed of all Ferraris of this era, one did make an appearance in hit film Rain Man in 1988.
- Daily Mail