The Beverly Hills Car Club is selling a piece of rock and roll history.
Joe Strummer — co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the seminal punk/rock band the Clash — passed away on 22 December 2002. Now, a priceless piece of Joe’s history is up for sale: His 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird, an original California double black-plate Bullet body style T-bird. Originally purchased by Strummer in 1987 for $4,200, the vehicle has remained in pristine condition, having spent several years in a climate controlled garage.
The vehicle will be on sale for ten days starting today, Monday, August 11, 2014, with the final day of the sale falling on Strummer’s birthday, Thursday, August 21, 2014 (Strummer would be 62 on this day).
In 1987 and 1988, Joe Strummer was living in Los Angeles, in a beautiful wood-framed house with a swimming-pool on Ridgemount Drive off Laurel Canyon where he recorded his first solo album, Earthquake Weather, at Baby O studio on Sunset Boulevard. During this time, Joe’s principal mode of transport was this racy Chalfont Blue 1963 Ford Thunderbird. He would take his partner Gaby and their two young daughters on family outings to the desert in the T-Bird. In May 1988, he and Gaby drove 850 miles in the Thunderbird to New Mexico for the Santa Fe film festival where Mystery Train, Jim Jarmusch’s masterly independent film in which Joe starred, was being screened.
“This is such a special car to me. I knew Joe Strummer as a boy growing up in London. He was one of a kind — just like this car,” remarks Alex Manos, owner of the Beverly Hills Car Club. “Joe had an enormous love for American cars and I feel it’s serendipitous that this beautiful 1963 Ford Thunderbird is coming to us for sale.”