John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls-Royce Phantom V heads back to London


The colourful Rolls-Royce Phantom V, previously owned by the late Lennon, will be part of The Great Eight Phantoms – a Rolls-Royce Exhibition, in London.

Currently the property of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada, the John Lennon Phantom V was customised by the singer to include a television, a telephone and a refrigerator, among other items.

In April 1967, Lennon decided to repaint the car in a psychedelic colour scheme days before the universal release of Sgt. Pepper’s, in what many people believed to be a nod to the overall concept of the album.

Before finding its current residence in Canada in 1977, where it was donated by billionaire Jim Pattison, the Rolls-Royce was shipped to the USA in 1970 when Lennon moved there.

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.

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