When John Lennon (October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980) achieved fame and fortune with The Beatles one of the first things he did was buy one of the most expensive cars of the moment: a Rolls-Royce Phantom V.
The impressive matt black vehicle, almost six meters long and weighing three tons, was delivered to him on June 3, 1965. But it was not until 1966 that the Liverpool man began to make modifications to make it to his liking.
He equipped it with a Sony television, a radio telephone, a stereo, a portable refrigerator, an external speaker and modified the rear seat so that the armchairs became a double bed.
Lennon was never satisfied with the color of the Roll-Royce that's why He asked bodybuilding firm JP Fallon Limited to paint it in a psychedelic style taking inspiration from the designs of gypsy artist Marijke Koger.
The redecoration cost John about $ 4.200 and also criticism from many people who considered it sacrilege to paint a symbol of British elegance that way.. There is even a legend about an old woman who when she saw him on the street began to hit him with her umbrella shouting: “Pig, pig! How dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce "...
When Lennon and Yoko Ono, his wife, they moved to New York the eccentric car went with them and they had no problem lending it to their rocker friends to move in The Big Apple like the Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues y Bob Dylan.
Afflicted by problems with the US Treasury, the couple decided to deliver the colorful car to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in exchange for a $ 225.000 tax credit. The car belonged to the institution until 1985 when it decided to put it up for sale at auction.
After paying a price of u $ s 2.299.000, Lennon's Rolls-Royce passed into the hands of Jim Pattison, Company President Ripley`s International Inc, for the purpose of exhibiting it in the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada.
The psychedelic FJB 111C patent car is still in the Canadian museum and is occasionally displayed to the joy of Lennon fans.
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