The Len­non Rolls-Royce on show

The Bea­tles’ lurid Phan­tom V goes back to Bri­tain for Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts’ golden ju­bilee.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - World Of Luxury - The Phan­tom V dash­board is prob­a­bly the only part left in its orig­i­nal state.


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.

Len­non asked

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.