John Lennon’s Rolls Royce

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B eautiful car, isn’t it? car was manufactured in 1965 by the Rolls-Royce Cars Limited, Crewe, The car was fitted with a limousine by Mulltner Park Ward and in Valentines Black.

When the Phantom V was then delivered to Lennon on June 3, 1965 the license plate number FJB111C. A guarantee was issued to Lennon on 10 June 1965. The car 19 feet long and weighed tons.

On December 21, 1965, ordered a Sterno Radio and the number WEYBRIDGE 46676 to it.

In 1966, the car had the rear seat to convert to a double bed. A interior/exterior sound system was along with a loud Other features that Lennon had installed at this were: Sony television; and a portable refrigerator. On January 7, the car in for a mileage check and the odometer had 6,673 miles and on March 28, same year, the car clocked in at miles. Later, on February 4, in the odometer would record miles clocked on the Rolls-Royce.

enough, John had his chauffeur and car over to Spain in 1966, he was filming How I Won the War. It was reported his Rolls-Royce Phantom V was painted a matt black overall, included the radiator and chrome

But John eventually became with the matt black on the car and so in April of 1967, he took it himself to visit J.P. Limited, a coachworks company in Chertsey, Surrey. He had in mind the of having his car painted psychedelic.

was based on an idea by Marijke (The Fool who was a member of team of gypsy artists). discussing the idea, J.P. Limited commissioned Steve pattern of scroll and flowers for the V. The cost for having the work came in at Ј2,000 (or about Cdn) and the car was painted by the original who made the gypsy wagon was in Lennon’s garden (see ‘s e-mail below.)

John’s newly painted car drew some public when a old woman, in London’s attacked the car using her umbrella and You swine, you swine! How dare you do to a Rolls-Royce. Obviously, the Rolls-Royce is regarded in England as one of the many of British dignity!

The Beatles the Rolls exclusively in their from 1966 to 1969.

In John Lennon and Yoko Ono had the V shipped to the United States. The car was out to several rock stars as the Rolling Stones, the Moody and Bob Dylan. When the car was available, the seldom used it and so consideration was to sell it to an American buyer but a deal never materialized.

As a the car was put into storage in New York

Then in December, 1977, and Yoko had serious problems the United States Internal The couple arranged to have a worked out where they donate the car to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New City, a part of the Smithsonian for a $225,000 tax credit.

From 3, 1978 to January 7, 1979, the car was put on display at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and returned to storage at Silver Maryland. There, the car would in storage and kept from viewing for a while. The reason for was because the museum could not the insurance coverage for public on a full-time basis.

On June 29, 1985, the Cooper-Hewitt decided to auction the car off through Before the auction began, The Phantom V was estimated by Sotheby’s to between $200,000 to $300,000 When the car was sold, it pulled in a $2,299,000 (U.S.) and was purchased by Mr. Jim Ripley International Inc. of Carolina for exhibition at Ripley’s It Or Not museum.

The purchase of the Phantom V Sotheby’s resulted it being as the most expensive car in the world and with the South Carolina plates LENNON.

The Phantom V was loaned to Expo ‘86 in Vancouver Mr. Jim Pattison) for exhibition. The American was transferred from Ripley Inc. to Jim Pattison Industries in Canada (Mr. Jim Pattison is a British Columbia business

In 1987, Mr. Pattison presented the car as a to Her Majesty in Right of the Province of Columbia and displayed in the Transportation of British Columbia at Cloverdale Vancouver).

Then, in 1993, the car was from the Transportation Museum and to the Royal British Columbia in Victoria, British Columbia. the car would be kept for secure displayed only for fund-raising and use. The car was serviced and maintained by Motors of Victoria.


In order to the paint work on John famous Rolls-Royce Phantom V, the Royal British Columbia requested that the Canadian Institute (CCI) do a paint on the car. Here are the test as reported from the CCI:

Samples were mounted as sections to determine the structure of the layers. Paint chips also analysed using transform infrared spectroscopy, diffraction, X-ray microanalysis, and light microscopy. The analysis that both cellulose and an oil-modified alkyd resin had been used and that the of the paint had been coated an oil-modified alkyd resin

A colourful array of pigments was including chrome yellow, white, ultramarine blue, and red.

Based on the materials cleaning and waxing the car was recommended; the showed there was nothing in the that would be harmed by or by the application of a protective wax coating. To damage to the varnish and painted it was also recommended that the car not be to direct sunlight for long as this could cause of both the cellulose nitrate and the resin.

However, over the the car has had some paint cracking on the top coat. Restoration work was Click on this link to see the and after results:

Annmarie Wilhelm

From 9 1996 to 15 September 1996, Lennon’s Rolls-Royce Phantom V was at the National Museum of Science and in Ottawa, with as passenger a of John by Joanne Sullivan.

the making of Sergeant Pepper decided to have the Rolls-Royce Colour and design were of the priority and he employed a firm of and caravan designers to do it for him. The came to him when he bought an old caravan for the garden.

— Cynthia Lennon, her book, A Twist of Lennon, 142.

— Researched by Whelan,

February 13, 2000

material, April 28, 2001, promotional flyers issued by the Museum of Science and Technology in and with one final update to this page on March 24, culled from the Canadian Institute at:

On June 19 we received the following message:


From: adam.b(at)suppressed

Subject: Rolls Royce

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Dear Mr

I have just read interest your feature on the Rolls Royce of John and thought you may be interested in some recent additional information I relating to the concept, design and of its paint work. Inevitably the differs somewhat from the that surrounds the identity of the who created the design. I researched the to establish the provenance of the original proof that I was given the death of my father-in-law and to establish the events.

The internet, The UK Public Office and The Royal British Museum were all very in leading me to the actual events.

The for the design came from Koger, one of the design collective Fool’ who were responsible for seminal pieces of the period and very influential in the psychedelic art Marjke emailed me about the “I was staying at John’s house in 68 miss-states the date] to paint his and he had a painted gypsy wagon in is I suggested to him that he paint the like the gypsy wagon, he thought was a great idea so he the genuine gypsies who made the and they actually did the painting on the

Marijke Koger was apparently of who actually painted the Rolls as it was local artist Steve who created the design for John to his vision. He clearly liked design, as this was then on John’s Rolls Royce by at the JP Falon, Coachbuilders works. was paid Ј290 for his artwork.

Weaver is now deceased so he can’t his own story. However his daughter the time and she confirmed that the painting I have is the original was prepared for Lennon by her father. daughter was interested in my father-in-law’s to her father, and revealed that he a younger man help him with the

It is quite possible that was my father-in-law, also an accomplished who was working in the area at that

I met with Weaver’s daughter who was to see the design again and provided me documents to support the story and the design. They consist of: a authentication by the artist’s daughter; a copy of Weaver’s Ј290 for work and materials dated May 1967; a photographic copy of an to the Patent Office to register the dated 19th June signed by the artist; an email Marijke Koger commenting on the of the work.

I have attached a of the artwork and a couple of the other for your interest. It measures 24 x 36 x 900mm) and is in ‘as-found’ condition as you can Please feel free to me if you’d like to use any of this on website or if you’d like any background info.

Kind regards


On 12, 2011, we received the following

John Lennon’s custom Rolls Royce (RBCM is now on display in the lobby of the Royal Columbia Museum until 2011.

In the last year new has come to light. Using I am now convinced it did take the Beatles to Palace to receive their when it was still its original Valentine’s Black. There is now good footage of the Caravan (possibly by Steve Weaver, but at J.P.

Fallon’s coach firm, where the car was painted that was the inspiration for painting the The caravan was delivered the month Sergeant Pepper’s and the logo for album is clearly visible on the of the Caravan. Also located are of the car after being painted, interior shots of the television.

The car when new.

Original car was Valentine’s black. In mode, in 1 second slices at you can clearly read the license FJBIIIC which is this

Dr. Lorne Hammond, Curator of

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