In 1967 British police raided Redlands, Keith Richards’ Sussex estate, finding a stash of pot and amphetamines. With a court case looming, the Rolling Stoneâ€™s guitarist decided to â€œdo a runner,â€ in the words of his 2010 biography Life â€“ that is, drive to Morocco in his 1965 Bentley S3 Continental â€˜Flying Spurâ€™, aka Blue Lena, with model Anita Pallenberg, fellow Stone Brian Jones and a couple of friends. â€œWe decided to get out of England and not go back until it was time for the court case,â€ Richards recounts. Another important decision: â€œIt would be better to find somewhere where we could get legal drugs.â€ They flew to Paris where Keithâ€™s driver met them with the car and then made their tortuous way to Tangier.
Named in honor of jazz singer Lena Horne, Keith called it â€œa car that was made to be driven fast at night.â€ It not only had a built in Philips record player â€“ â€œI had to keep feeding the goddamn thing with little 45s,â€ Keith recalls, but also a â€œsecret compartment in the frame for concealing illegal substancesâ€¦. Blue Lena carried us on many an acid-fueled journey.â€ It was in the back of the Bentley that Richards and Pallenberg first consummated their relationship as well. One of only 86 four-door Bentley S3 Continentals with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner, Richards kept the car until 1978. Following a five-year restoration itâ€™s now set to be auctioned off at Bonhamsâ€™ Goodwood Revival Sale in West Sussex, UK in September, where itâ€™s estimated at $620,000 â€“ $940,000. No word on whether Keef might have left anything in the secret compartmentâ€¦.