John's Psychedelic Rolls Royce on display in suburban Detroit
....and a couple fo Beatle/Beatle related guitars
John's Psychedelic 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V is part of a collection of vintage and collectable cars and guitars called "Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars Exhibit" that are on display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan from now until Sept. 30.
When John Lennon, a working-class kid from Liverpool, England, became a mega-rich international rock star as a member of the Beatles, he did what wealthy upper-class Brits had been doing for decades—he bought a Rolls Royce. Heavily customized from the start, Lennon had it repainted and decorated in 1967, to fit his own and the Beatles’ evolving style and sensibilities.
Lennon allowed the Phantom V to be used by the other Beatles and, later, by other rock stars like The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues and Bob Dylan.
John Lennon had hardly taken delivery of this Rolls-Royce on June 3,1965 before he began planning modifications. In 1966 he had the rear seat modified to convert into a double bed, also added were a Sony television, telephone and a portable refrigerator. Rolls-Royce company is appalled
at this custom painted psychedelic-theme and launches a formal complaint.
By the time he donated the car to New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum in 1977 the vehicle had a radio-telephone, a custom sound system, a television, a refrigerator, and the back seat converted into a bed. The crowning touch was the swirling custom paint job, inspired by Gypsy caravans. In June 1985 the car sold for $2,299.000.00 at Sotheby's making it the worlds most expensive car.
Also on display is a Fender Guitar Given to John Lennon. (Returned to Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick after Lennon's Death).
And a Fender "Stratocaster," played by The Beatles, Magical Mystery hand-painted. (Could it be "Rocky" or a replica of it?)