1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V - John Lennon Scale Model

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TrueScale Miniatures 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V - John Lennon diecast car
  • Year: 1965
  • Brand: TrueScale Miniatures
  • Make: Rolls-Royce
  • Code: TSM104312
  • Model: Phantom V - John Lennon
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Color: Yellow
  • Note: Last of the edition offering! Really, this is it. Collector favorite.

The 1:1 Rolls Royce that served as the basis for this True Scale 1:43 model was manufactured in 1965 by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited, Crewe, Cheshire,fitted with a limousine body by Mulltner Park Ward,finished in Valentines Black, and was then delivered to 24 year-old John Lennon on June 3, 1965. The car became a symbol of a changing generation, following the adulation of its owner.

By 1967 the great black Rolls Royce was tired. John Lennon sought to update its appearance, looking to more daring—and even psychedelic—stylistic influences. Shortly after The Beatles had made the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Lennon and the J. P. Fallon design firm found their inspiration in a gypsy wagon that Lennon had recently acquired. Artist Steve Weaver was commissioned to complete the work based on the wagon’s design. The roof of the car was painted with Lennon’s zodiac sign, Libra. A later analysis revealed that both cellulose nitrate and an oil-modified alkyd resin media were used and that the surface of the paint was coated with an oil-modified alkyd resin varnish. A colorful array of pigments was identified, including chrome yellow, titanium white, ultramarine blue, and toluidine red.

Yet despite all the effort, of course the car’s radical transformation did not meet with unanimous approval. One day in downtown London, an old woman attacked the car with her umbrella, yelling: “You swine, how dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce!”

The Beatles used the car exclusively during their heyday. They took the Rolls to get to Buckingham Palace on October 26, 1965, to the royal ceremony at which they became Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Interested young Britons extended more than 8 km around the palace. In 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono shipped the Rolls to the United States where it was rented out to such artists as The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, and Bob Dylan. In 1977, when John and Yoko were having problems with the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S., they negotiated a $225,000 tax credit in exchange for donating the Rolls-Royce to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City.

In 1985,the museum used the car as a fundraiser and sold it at auction. The result was more than ten times the expected, being $2,299,000 from Jim Pattison for exhibition in his Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum. In 1987, Pattison presented the Rolls-Royce as a gift to the Canadian province of British Columbia, from where it has been displayed in various exhibitions and museums. Since 1993, its main home has been the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria.

This True Scale model is a fine accomplishment. Please forgive my addition of a figure of my own workmanship. In my pictures I have included a close-up of a front wheel to show the fine decal work and brilliant colors. Fit and finish, especially considering the moderate price, are admirable. The dark windows fittingly give only a faint hint of the luxurious interior (sans bed and other Lennon modifications).

Curiously, the base plate has absolutely no information of model or manufacturer. This is a fine work, enriching True Scale's growing reputation, and it pleases me to award it a "well done, mates."

-David Holcombe

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