From 29 July to the 2 August, Rolls-Royce will be exhibiting “The John Lennon Phantom V” at Bonhams to commemorate the 50th anniversary year of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Currently owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada, the luxury vintage car will travel from Canada to London to join ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition, at Bonhams on New Bond Street, an area visited regularly by Lennon in the late 1960s in this very car.
It was on 3 June 1965, when John Lennon took delivery of a Rolls-Royce Phantom V in Valentine Black. The legendary singer-songwriter had the vehicle customised to the utmost: the rear seat was converted to a double bed, a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer). Lennon asked Surrey coachbuilders, JP Fallon, to give the Phantom a new paint job, which is often described as ‘psychedelic’ and reflected the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Phantom V alongside all-white Phantom, were used regularly by Lennon until 1969. The car was shipped to the USA in 1970 when the singer moved there and was loaned out to ferry other rock stars around such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues. In 1977, after a period in storage, it was donated by billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
“The Great Eight Phantoms” – a Rolls-Royce Exhibition, will take place at Bonhams international flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London, from 29 July to the 2 August.