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15 July 2017, 10:50 | Jodi Jackson
Lennon had the car customized with a little help from his friends
Rolls-Royce has announced the fourth Great Phantom to make an appearance at the upcoming Great Eight Phantoms exhibition - Rolls-Royce Phantom V saloon.
The Rolls Royce Phantom V owned by John Lennon is the latest of "The Great Eight Phantoms" to be revealed as part of the debut of the new Phantom VIII. And thanks to auctioneers Bonhams, fans of the former Beatle and any other members of the public in the United Kingdom will be able to go and see the "John Lennon Phantom V" between July 29 and August 2 at Bonhams on New Bond Street in London.
The luxury auto brand has brought the late icon's custom vehicle to London to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's famous Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Lennon took delivery of this Phantom - then painted in Valentine Black - on June 3, 1965. The rear seat was turned into a double bed; a television, telephone and a refrigerator were fitted, and a "floating" record player and custom sound system that included an external loud hailer were also added.
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.
The freshly-painted, psychedelic-looking Phantom was now yellow with Romany scroll designs, and the vehicle was unveiled days before the worldwide release of Sgt. Pepper's on 1 June 1967. Having used it, pre-paint change, to collect his MBE with his band mates in 1965, he then used it again in 1969 to return his MBE to the Palace, in protest against, among other things, the Vietnam War.
Lennon took the vehicle to the United States of America in 1970, and it's said it ended up belonging to the U.S. government in lieu of taxes, and it eventually found its way to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada after being donated by its then owner, Jim Pattison.
Although originally owned by Lennon, the iconic auto is now owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada.
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