Want to Buy Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird?
The Clash may be known for being working-class London punks, but after over a decade of popularity, frontman Joe Strummer was living a little more comfortably. He was comfortable enough to call a 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird his own -- and now you can, too.
The Beverly Hills Car Club is overseeing an eBay auction for the original California double black-plate Bullet body style T-Bird. As of the afternoon of Aug. 13, the asking price is $15,000 (with 32 bids) though that mark is sure to go up considerably. The 10-day auction ends Aug. 21 -- Strummer’s birthday -- at 10:31 p.m. ET. And a reserve has not yet been met, meaning the winner is going to have to at least match the Car Club’s asking price to call the Thunderbird his own.
The car was originally purchased by Strummer in 1987 for $4,200. The Beverly Hills Car Club says it is in “pristine condition,” having spent several years in a climate controlled garage.
Strummer drove the Thunderbird in 1987 and 1988, when he was living on Los Angeles’ Ridgemount Drive (near Laurel Canyon) and recording his first solo album, Earthquake Weather. The Clash had broken up in 1986.
In the item description on eBay, Beverly Hills Car Club owner Alex Manos wrote, “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 its serendipitous that this beautiful 1963 Ford Thunderbird is coming to us for sale.”
Strummer died in 2002 from a undiagnosed congenital heart defect.