1 Member of the Rolling Stones Had an Impressive Car Collection, a Tailored Suit to Match Each Car, and No License
No matter what music genre you call your favorite, most cannot argue that the Rolling Stones are one world’s most iconic bands of all time. Rivaling the popularity of the Beatles and Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones were (and still are) one of the most successful groups. With great success comes mass amounts of wealth. And each member certainly amassed his fair share of expensive homes, amenities, and cars over the years.
One of the band’s legendary members actually collected an impressive selection of wheels — and then had to have matching suits tailored to each car’s upholstery. Ironically enough, this particular Rolling Stones bandmate didn’t even have a license to drive.
The Rolling Stones movement
The British rock invasion of the ’60s introduced Americans to some of the legendary Europeans acts of the time. The Rolling Stones, also called The Stones, almost immediately became the “bad boy” band of their decade when they made their stage introduction in 1962.
Their behavior was wild, their music was entirely unique, and their attitudes were brazen. After touring and making music for 50 years and counting, the iconic band has produced 26 studio albums, eight chart-topping singles, and 10 consecutive gold albums.
The Rolling Stones member with a passion for classic cars
You might assume that collecting cars and matching suits is something the wild Mick Jagger would do. But you would be wrong.
Legendary drummer Charlie Watts amassed an estimated net worth of $250 million, plenty of which he allocated to upscale and expensive hobbies. According to HotCars, his garage is full of classic cars, including a Citroen 2CV.
Wait, Charlie Watts didn’t drive his cars?
Usually, Charlie Watts was labeled as the stoic member of the Rolling Stones. But in interviews, it’s clear that there were a few things in life that authentically made him happy and all smiles.
At his core, he was a British gentleman, almost always in a suit. Linens and precisely tailored attire, albeit occasionally in a vivid purple or brilliant blue shade, were Watts’ comfort zone.
According to GQ, his other passions included music and cars. Despite his expensive and classic car collection, Watts didn’t have a driver’s license. Instead, he would sit in his cars, stationary and in the garage, listening to the rumbles of the roaring engines under their hoods.
It might sound absurd to spend your millions on cars you can’t drive. But for the legendary drummer, whose career with the Rolling Stones brought him more adventures and experiences that most could dream of living, sitting idle in a garage might’ve just brought the right amount of peace.
Charlie Watts died in August 2021 at the age of 80.