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Before his untimely passing in 2002, Joe Strummer of THE CLASH was a noted car enthusiast. On September 9, 1987, Strummer scored a 1963 Ford Thunderbird – an original California double black-plate Bullet body style T-bird – for just $4,200. While the car has surfaced since his death a time or two (records of a 2003 auction still float around), those wishing to own the ride of a certified “Rock Father” now have the chance, as the car is in the hands of the Beverly Hills Car Club and has just been put up for auction on eBay, with the sale set to close on what would’ve been Strummer’s 62nd birthday, August 21, 2014.
Here’s what the seller has to say about the car…
“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 the 850 miles in the Ford 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. 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.”Alex Manos, owner of the Beverly Hills Car Club.
Check out more photos and info, or place a bid over at eBay.