The Lennon Rolls-Royce on show
The Beatles’ lurid Phantom V goes back to Britain for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ golden jubilee.
is celebrating the 50th anniversary year of the Beatles LP “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by bringing to Britain a colourful Rolls-Royce Phantom V once owned by John Lennon.
Lennon had the range-topping Phantom V customised in true rockstar fashion.
The rear seat was turned into a double bed; a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a record player; and the custom sound system included an external loud hailer.
British coach building firm JP
Fallon to give the Phantom a new paint job, which was unveiled days before the worldwide release of “Sgt Pepper’s” on 1 June 1967.
The brash new colour scheme was taken to be part of the overall concept of the album.
The multicoloured respray has been described as “psychedelic” but although it fits in with the spacedout image of the cover of “Sgt Pepper’s,” the makeover is also reminiscent of the designs used on gypsy caravans and canal barges.
The Phantom features a Romany scroll design with a zodiac symbol on the roof.
Currently owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada, the Beatle-mobile will be on display at London’s Bonhams auction house from July 29 to Aug 2.
In the exhibition “The Great Eight Phantom” at the company’s flagship saleroom in New Bond Street, RollsRoyce is taking a fond look back as it gears up to present all all-new Phantom, the first redesign since 2003. It was unveiled at the venue on July 27.
The lurid Phantom V was used regularly by Lennon until 1969 and he drove in it to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE with his bandmates in 1965 before the paint change was carried out. Four years later, he used the resprayed car to return his MBE to the Palace, in protest against, among other things, the war in Vietnam. Lennon also owned a white Phantom V.
The psychedelic car was shipped to the US in 1970, when Lennon moved to New York, and it was later loaned out to other rock greats such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and the Moody Blues. In 1977, after a period in storage, the Phantom V was donated by bilJim lionaire Pattison to the Canadian museum. — dpa
This Phantom V certainly stands from the usual conservative colour palette offered by Rolls-Royce.