WHAT do you do when you’re the famous manager of the world’s biggest rock band at the absolute pinnacle of their fame and you’re just 38-years-old? If you’re name is Peter Grant, you buy yourself a Ferrari Dino 246 GTS.
The Led Zeppelin manager, feared for callousness yet noted for thrift, splashed out the princely sum of £6,620 and 39 pence to take delivery of the speedy Italian sportscar in 1973, forking out an extravagant £274.09 extra for some plush leather upholstery.
The GTS model of the earlier Dino GT debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1972, by which time Stairway to Heaven and When the Levee Breaks were already international super-hits.
More than 2,000 were produced but it is Grant’s very own GTS that is surely to capture the imagination of any curious buyers now that it is being auctioned by Coys on September 8.
The firm reckons that the iconic pedigree of Grant’s Dino should see it fetch at least £350,000, a bombastic price that may not have sat well with a man who campaigned all his life for fairer pay and conditions for musicians.
Grant died in 1995, leaving behind a quaint apartment stacked with old furniture, a flash car and an enduring rock ‘n’ roll legacy.