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

Rolls-Royce has announced the fourth Great Phantom to make an appearance at the upcoming Great Eight Phantoms exhibition - Rolls-Royce Phantom V saloon. 

This particular Phantom V is as famous as its owner, John Lennon – one of the founding members of legendary band The Beatles. Lennon took delivery of this car (originally painted Valentine Black) on June 3, 1965.

John Lennon's Phantom V. Photo courtesy: Rolls-Royce
John Lennon's Phantom V. Photo courtesy: Rolls-Royce

In 1967, when the game-changing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band studio album was finishing up, Lennon asked Surrey coachbuilders, JP Fallon, to give the Phantom a new paint job.

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

Since then, the psychedelic yellow Rolls-Royce moved with Lennon from the UK to the USA. There, it has also seen service transporting other pop and rock legends such as The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

First introduced in 1959, after production of the Silver Wraith ended, the Phantom V rode on a new 144-inch (3,658 mm) chassis, and Bespoke versions offered seven-passenger capability. With an overall length of 238 inches (6,045 mm), it was one of the largest production cars of its time.

Spirit of Ecstasy. Photo courtesy: Rolls-Royce
Spirit of Ecstasy. Photo courtesy: Rolls-Royce

For the first time since 1970, the John Lennon Phantom V will travel back to the UK for public exhibition, as it leaves its current home at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada.

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

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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