John Lennon's Phantom V joins Rolls-Royce Great Eight Phantoms exhibition

Lennon had the car customized with a little help from his friends

Lennon had the car customized with a little help from his friends

Now 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 auto.

It may not be the best auto Rolls-Royce has ever produced, and it's certainly doesn't have the most tasteful paintwork ever seen on a Roller either, but the Phantom V previously owned by John Lennon is definitely one you'll never forget when you see it.

See it at "The Great Eight Phantoms" Exhibition to be held at Bonhams worldwide flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London from 29 July to 2 August.

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So far, we've had Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental, the Rolls Royce Phantom III used by Field Marshal Bernard Law "Monty" Montgomery and Hollywood legendary hoofer Fred Astaire's Phantom I.

As the band was wrapping up the Sgt Pepper's album in April 1967, Lennon asked Surrey coach builders JP Fallon refresh the Phantom's paint job.

Lennon did more than just paint his Phantom, he had a double bed in the back, blacked-out windows, loud hailer, telephone, television and even a "floating" record deck fitted.

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The freshly-painted, psychedelic-looking Phantom was now yellow with Romany scroll designs, and the auto was unveiled days before the worldwide release of Sgt. Pepper's on 1 June 1967.

Lennon used the auto regularly until 1969, including a trip to collect his MBE with his band mates in 1965, and to then return the honour in 1969 in protest against the Vietnam War.

For the first time since 1970, the John Lennon Phantom V will travel back to the United Kingdom for public exhibition, as it leaves its current home at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada. Other rock stars-including the Stones and Dylan-were given rides before the auto was decommissioned and donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC.

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