Two cars that took Bill Wyman to the recording sessions for some of the Rolling Stones classic albums are being sold at auction.

Now classics themselves, the bass player's 1971 Citroen Maserati SM and 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S are expected to fetch between £35,000 and £40,000 and £20,000 to £25,000 respectively when they go under the hammer at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale on 26 June.

He drove the cars to the studios during the recording of several famous Stones albums, including Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Exile on Main St. (1972) and Tattoo You (1981).

The Mercedes lost its blacked out windows in 1997 Credit: Bonhams

Although no longer sporting tinted windows after restoration in 1997, the 250 S was the first Mercedes to feature blacked out windows which Wyman admits led to a few roadside chats with the law.

"Everyone was getting black windows - Mick Jagger and Brian Jones did in their Minis," the 78-year-old said.

"Mercedes had never done black windows though, so I had to contribute to the research on how to make them. It cost me about £350.

Then of course, I got stopped all the time. The police usually just wanted to see who was in it."

The Mercedes features an old school stereo complete with cassette player Credit: Bonhams

Between 1971 and 1982, Wyman lived in the south of France where the Maserati became his car of choice.

"I frequently drove the Maserati from my new home in Vence to Paris, where we recorded the albums Some Girls, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You.

"The minute I saw the Maserati, I thought, this is it! It looked so beautiful. They showed me that incredible engine and the double headlights, and I thought, incredible! I fell in love with it."

Bill Wyman with his Citroen Maserati SM Credit: Bonhams

"It was so easy to drive," Wyman said of the Maserati. "I'd drive to Monte Carlo to hang out with Ringo and Spiros and Philip Niarchos of the Greek shipping family.

"I drove it to Spain too. And to Marseilles, Portofino in Italy, and back to England a few times. Oh, and of course to Switzerland. I went there twice to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The first time was with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Pinetop Perkins. Then three years later I again drove there to play with Muddy Waters again.

The auction takes place in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester. Credit: Bonhams

"I am sorry to say goodbye to these two cars, but having enjoyed them so much over the years and having kept them both in pristine condition, I feel they should now go to people who will love and take care of them as much as I have."