Keith Richards' famous Blue Lena Bentley for sale at Bonhams

Lou Diamond

Lou Diamond

2015-07-10 12:24:32

A vintage Bentley made famous by the exploits of Keith Richards is heading to auction at Bonhams in September.

The 1965 Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’, nicknamed 'Blue Lena', will be offered as part of the company's annual Goodwood Revival Sale, where it's expected to sell for more than half a million pounds.

Richards originally bought the car new in 1965, and subsequently used it for a series of drug-fuelled misadventures across Europe. Fitted with a secret compartment to conceal illegal substances, the car ferried the Rolling Stones to countless gigs, parties and after-parties during one of their most notorious periods.

“It was a car meant to be driven fast at night,” Richards wrote in his 2010 autobiography, Life. “My dark blue Bentley, my S3 Continental Flying Spur – an automobile of some rarity, one of a limited edition of 87. Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.”

The car was also involved in one of the most famous stories from the Stones legend, when Richard drove to Marrakech along with Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg and Deborah Dixon. As Jones and Pallenberg's relationship broke down in spectacular fashion, Richard fled with Anita in tow, leaving a furious and paranoid Jones in Morocco.

The relationship between Richards and Pallenberg, one of the most famous in rock and roll history which lasted 23 years and spawned three children, began in Blue Lena as the pair made their way back to Britain. 

“Richards sold Blue Lena in 1978, and it has since changed hands just three times," said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director. "Following a five-year restoration, Blue Lena has been returned to its former glory, and will be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale – very near to the scene of that famous 1967 raid – at estimate £400,000-600,000.”

The Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale takes place at the famous Goodwood race course in Chichester, West Sussex on September 12.

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