Hartman Group As rock 'n' roll's preeminent purist, it makes perfect sense…
- Posted on Mar 17th 2011 9:30AM by John D. Luerssen
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The notorious car, which was the first automobile Bruce bought after he signed to Columbia Records in 1972, also inspired 'Thunder Road,' the opening song on 'Born to Run.'
'Racing in the Street,' the arguable pinnacle of 1978's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' was also hatched by the singer while he was behind the wheel of the vehicle.
Springsteen sold the car in 1976 to a private buyer for $2,000, trading up to a vintage black Corvette after local fans on the Jersey Shore began to hassle him. The convertible's distinct paint job was hard to miss. The private buyer sold the Chevy for $10,000 to a Chevy collector in the 1980s, according to a report once written by 'Backstreets' scribe Charles R. Cross.
A Springsteen guitar is among the other items in the auction, which runs until March 25. A glove belonging to Michael Jackson and a collection of handwritten lyrics are also on the block.