Today, May 25, 1967, in The Beatles History, John’s Rolls Royce is delivered.
John Lennon wanted to be remembered, amongst other things, as an eccentric millionaire. He already owned a subtle all-white Rolls-RoycePhantom V, yet to fulfill this mission, on June 3, 1965 he took delivery of a personalized Phantom V in “Valentine Black”. John customized his new toy converting the rear seats into a double bed, adding a TV, telephone and refrigerator, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system to include an external loud hailer.
Two years later, in April as the recording of the revolutionary “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was finishing, Lennon asked the coachbuilders JP Fallon to give his car a little lick of paint. The John Lennon Phantom V was revealed a little ahead of the release of the album on June 1 – and so it became remembered by the world as part of Sgt. Pepper.
The color palette and the dominant yellow reflected the album cover. A closer look and you will see it is no random swirl, but a floral Romany scroll design as used on gypsy caravans and canal barges, with a zodiac symbol on the roof.
John used his unique “psychedelic” Phantom V until 1969. The car was shipped to the US in 1970 when John and Yoko Ono moved there and was loaned out to chauffer other rock stars – The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues all got to experience the Phantom V. Then in 1977 the car was donated by its then owner billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the Lennon Rolls returned to its birthplace in England for “The Great Eight Phantoms” exhibition at Bonhams international flagship gallery in New Bond Street, London. The car was on show from 29 July to the 2 August.
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