The brand, Rolls Royce, has always been synonymous with luxury. For nearly a century, Rolls Royce has been the vehicle of choice for Royals and dignitaries alike. With only 517 made, the Phantom V was one of the more exclusive of Rolls Royce’s line-ups.
The British singer, John Lennon, eventually got hold of one and decided to make extensive changes to it. This included installing a new backseat that could change into a double bed, a ‘floating’ vinyl record player, a cassette tape deck and speakers on the front wheels of the car.
However, the most defining change was the exterior paint job – a psychedelic design of various colors that made it look like a “gypsy wagon – but more sixties.” To help cover an issue with the IRS, Lennon eventually donated the car to the Smithsonian Institute in 1977.
However, just 8 years later, the museum would put the car up for auction. Its rarity, past ownership, as well as its uniqueness, fetched it a high price of $2.4 million ($5.75 million in today’s money), a new record for the time.