Rolls Royce to exhibit John Lennon's custom rock star ride

John Lennon's Rolls-Royce Goes on Tour

John Lennon's famous psychedelic Rolls-Royce returns to Britain

To mark the 50 anniversary of The Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, John Lennon's "Summer of Love" Rolls-Royce Phantom V is returning to the shores of Britain.

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.

Although originally owned by Lennon, the iconic vehicle is now owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada. 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 vehicle.

Lennon originally took delivery of the Phantom on June 3, 1965, and at that point it was in its original Valentine Black. The auctioneer's London home where the exhibition is being held is on New Bond Street, which is also an area that was regularly visited by Lennon in this very vehicle during the late 1960s.

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. He would later say that he always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire, and the Phantom would become an important step towards that dream.

When Lennon moved to the United States in 1970 the auto went with him, though he loaned it out to other musicians of note including the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

The luxury vehicle brand has brought the late icon's custom auto to London to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's famous Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Lennon also made a number of other modifications to the vehicle including converting the back seats into a double bed, installing a telephone, a refrigerator and a custom sound system.

It was later donated to its current owners, the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada.

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