eBay Calling: Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird
Not just any band can carry the label of “The Only Band That Matters,” but for the better part of an all-too-short decade, The Clash were just that. Inarguably one of the greatest bands to come out of the punk rock movement, and arguably one of the greatest bands of all time, they remain a heavy influence on musicians to this very day. This Thursday, August 22, would have been frontman Joe Strummer’s 62nd birthday. Strummer, whose unmistakable vocals no doubt provided the soundtrack for the formative years of an untold many, died in 2002 from a congenital heart defect. Though he is gone, his music remains, as does his 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird, which you can bid on over at eBay right this very second.
Bidding on Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird will conclude at 10:30pm EDT on Thursday, coinciding with the singer’s birthday. Currently, the highest bid sits at $30,300. The car is being sold by Beverly Hills Car Club, who attests that Strummer purchased the T-Bird back in 1987 for a paltry $4,200 and used it to commute from his Los Angeles home to Baby O Studios on Sunset Boulevard (where Strummer recorded his solo LP, Earthquake Weather).
Strummer and his partner, Gaby, also once drove the Thunderbird 840 miles to the Santa Fe Film Festival for the premiere screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, in which Strummer had starred.
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“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,” says 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.”
So if you’re so bored with the USA, feel free to cut the crap and rock the casbah with your bid of $30,400 or better. Driving around in Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird will no doubt result in groovy times. And even if you can’t pony up $30K for a badass car, you won’t need to ask if you should stay or if you should go on over to the eBay listing and check out the pictures. Because you should.
Oh, and this is worth noting: Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird has a Cool Runnings bumper sticker. And that’s one of the thousands of reasons we still miss him to this day.
Gallery: Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird (Source: eBay/Beverly Hills Car Club)
- Graham EubankContributor
Graham Eubank is the President of Palmetto Ford. He started with the company in 1990 after graduating from Clemson University. Palmetto Ford is a Ford dealer serving Charleston and carries an extensive line of new cars, including the Ford Explorer, F150, Mustang, Focus and much more.