Mercedes-Benz 250 S that belonged to Bill Wyman, bassist for the Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1992 has been auctioned on the Car & Classic website. The auction began on September 1 and ends on September 6, 2023.
Europe’s largest classic car auction site Car &Classic has auctioned a 1966 Mercedes 250S that belonged to Bill Wyman. The car was driven by Wyman to and from the ‘Let it Bleed’ studio sessions that created ‘Gimmie Shelter’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.
Born on 24 October 1936, Wyman was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1992 and contributed to the first 19 albums of the famous British band. Wyman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
The Mercedes 250S was bought new in 1966, one year after the model’s unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The 250S was one of three versions in the W108 series, along with the 250 SE and 300 SEb, and had a 2496 cc inline six-cylinder engine under the bonnet, using twin double-barrel carburetors and developing 131 ps.
The interior features the marque’s durable MB Tex vinyl in parchment and the exterior has only minor imperfections, with tight and symmetrical panel gaps in keeping with the expected quality of a 1960s Mercedes-Benz.
One of 75,000 built, the Mercedes was used regularly by Wyman in London in the late 1960s, an era of seminal importance for The Rolling Stones and its fans. He used the 250S to ferry himself to and from Olympic Studios for the recordings of albums ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ and ‘Let it Bleed’, the latter of which saw the creation of world-famous singles ‘Gimmie Shelter’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.
Wyman was twice the owner of this car. In 1971 he traded it in for a Mercedes coupe but later bought it back for 1000 pounds 20 years later in 1991.
When he redeemed the car, Wyman found that the previous owner had replaced the black tinted windows. Wyman had fitted black tinted windows and paid 350 pounds (equivalent to 8,300 pounds today) at the time after band lead singer Mick Jagger had also fitted black tinted windows to his Mini.
After the ransom, Wyman restored the car in 1998 at specialist Tony Davey and it remained in his collection until 2017.
The car is offered at auction along with numerous bills and press articles proving it was Wyman’s car. The auction organized by Car &Classic began on 1 September and will close on 6 September, with the sale price estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds.