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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — the eighth studio album by iconic English rock band the Beatles — Rolls-Royce brings out the vibrant Rolls-Royce Phantom V, famous for being owned by John Lennon, back home to London for the British public to see.

Currently owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada, “The John Lennon Phantom V” 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.

Lennon had the Phantom V customized in true rock-star style, as the rear seat converts to a double bed, while a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a floating record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer).

Then, in April 1967, just when Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was finishing, Lennon asked Surrey coachbuilders, JP Fallon, to give the Phantom a new psychedelic paint job, particularly in dominant yellow to reflect the cover of the respective album.

The Phantom V was used regularly by Lennon until 1969 (who also owned an all-white Phantom V). The car was shipped to the USA in 1970 when Lennon moved there and was loaned out to 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.

You can view this vibrant Rolls Royce in person at the ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ exhibition, which will take place at Bonhams international flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London, starting on Saturday, July 29 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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