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John's Psychedelic Rolls Royce
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18 February 2014
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Oyster Black Pearl said

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I was driving behind a replica of this car yesterday - an enterprising chap is offering Beatles tours in it. It looked great, certainly eye-catching. If I see it again I'll grab a photo.

Oooo, please do. See if you can find an add for him or a business card.


Don't think he's started "trading" yet - may be waiting for the weather to improve? I wouldn't want road salt anywhere near it.

Have you seen the car again?


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Have you seen the car again?


Nope, still looking. a-hard-days-night-john-3



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Seems as though those of you in the Ottawa area have only a few more days to view Lennon's car before the Exhibit ends after this Weekend, and if you're unable to, here's a nice video tribute set against a most suitable soundtrack:



I'm unsure as to where it's next destination is, but hopefully it's making its way back to Victoria B.C. where those of us in the Pacific Northwest can enjoy it again.  The car usually goes under extensive restoration after these lengthy exhibits so I don't expect it to reappear until the Summer...:-)

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I found a story today about John's Rolls Royce

AT THE time, it outraged many Rolls Royce lovers. "You swine! You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls Royce" yelled an old woman in London attacking The Beatles band member John Lennon with her umbrella. {wouldn't you like to have witnessed that!}

The Rolls Royce in question was a Phantom V which Lennon bought in June 1965 at the height of Beatlemania. He was just 24 years old.

It was fitted with a limousine body, was 19 feet long and weighed three tons. {I wonder what the mpg was on it. Oh, well, John could afford the petrol.} It was finished in matte black.

A year later Lennon had the back seat converted into a double bed. A Sony television, a portable ref {what is a portable ref?} and telephone were installed along with a "floating" record player with perfect balance so it could be used without being affected by stops and bumps while driving. An interior and exterior sound system was included.

Interestingly, Lennon was the first person in England to have dark tinted windows in a car. {um-hum, what was he doing behind those darkened windows?}

The Beatles used the car exclusively during their heyday. They even took it to Buckingham Palace on October 26, 1965 to attend the royal ceremony at which they received the medals making them Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

In early 1967, shortly after The Beatles had made the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Lennon and Ringo Starr were passing a fairground. They were admiring the fairground decorations and gypsy caravans when Starr suddenly suggested that Lennon should do the same to his Rolls Royce.

Lennon thought this was a great idea. The car was painted yellow first and then hand-painted with bright blue and red flowers and psychedelic designs by a group of Dutch artists who called themselves “The Fool." {wonder if they lived on a hill} Lennon had previously employed them to paint a gypsy caravan he kept on the grounds of his home in Surrey, south of London. The paint job cost $4,200 (P193,000).

The newly painted car was delivered to Lennon in May 1967. But the venerable car’s radical transformation did not meet unanimous approval. Many lovers of these iconic British cars - and even Rolls Royce officials themselves - were horrified at what Lennon had done. paul-mccartney

In 1970, after Lennon married Yoko Ono, he had the car shipped to New York, where it was rented out to such artistes as The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues and Bob Dylan. But Lennon hardly ever used it and eventually the car was put into storage.

Seven years later Lennon ran in to tax problems owing some US225K (P10 million). In lieu of paying the IRS {Taxman} in cash he donated the car to the nation via the Cooper-Hewitt Museum at the Smithsonian Institute.

In 1985, the Smithsonian sold the car at a Sothebys's auction. It fetched $2.3 million (P103 million) at the time making it the most expensive car in the world. It was bought by Jim Pattison, the Canadian owner of the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in South Carolina.

In 1987, Pattison donated the car to the province of British Columbia. The car was exhibited at the British Columbia Transportation Museum in Cloverdale, near Vancouver.

In 1993, this magnificent vehicle was handed over to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria where it can be seen today.

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Billy Rhythm said
Seems as though those of you in the Ottawa area have only a few more days to view Lennon's car before the Exhibit ends after this Weekend

I can't believe I missed this in Ottawa... a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

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