Don’t worry, despite the cosmic exterior, the “John Lennon Phantom V” is not some shitty attempt at a new Star Wars film. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce Phantom V is not only an iconic Rolls, chosen to be a part of the “The Great Eight Phantoms,” but a part of rock & roll history.
Lennon first took delivery of his Phantom V on June 3, 1965 and at that time it was simply Valentine Black. However, elegant, it didn’t mix with Lennon’s desire to “be an eccentric millionaire.” Lennon would soon transform his Phantom V into the era of “sex, drugs and rock & roll” personified. The rear seat was converted to a double bed, TV added, refrigerator and, of course, a custom sound system. Later in 1967, just prior to the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lennon would give the Phantom a new paint job to reflect both his “eccentric” ways and honor the album’s release.
The car was regularly used by Lennon as well as other greats such as: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues. In 1977 the car was donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, but will be loaned out in order to join its Phantom brethren later this month in London as part of Rolls-Royce’s “The Great Eight Phantoms.”