John Lennon's magical mystery car rolls into Royal BC Museum

Sunday, February 02, 2020

John Lennon’s iconic, psychedelic 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V is on display in the main lobby of the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria through mid-March.

The Beatle ordered the car through R.S. Mead Ltd. in Maidenhead in December 1964, without having a driver’s licence. He got his L before the vehicle arrived in June 1965. The custom-made car, with all the bells and whistles of the day, was probably purchased through NEMS Enterprises, the joint management company that their manager Brian Epstein and The Beatles formed to run their business affairs. The same year, NEMS also purchased a Bentley S3 for Epstein and a Beatles “company car,” a 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III LWB Limousine known as CEL89.

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