Monthly Archiv: February, 2016

John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce on Display

Photo by Royal BC Museum

Photo by Royal BC Museum

We are happy to report that the Royal BC Museum will be displaying John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V Touring Limousine.

The museum says: “in 1967, Lennon sent the Rolls to artist Steve Weaver, who designed custom paintwork in a Romany Gypsy style, with elements of the psychedelic era.

The car was delivered to Lennon just before the Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released. Mr. Weaver used ordinary but very vulnerable house (latex) paint. The Royal BC Museum monitors the paint condition closely and has done conservation work on the paint over the years.

Jim Pattison donated the vehicle to the Royal BC Museum in 1987 after its display at Expo 86 in Vancouver.

The car will be on display following a new bid process to maintain the car on behalf of the museum. Jim Walters of Bristol Motors has long time taken on this role.

If you would like to see the psychedelic Rolls in person it will be on public display until April 28, 2016.

Photos by Royal BC Museum.

Golden Sand E-Type OTS from Monterey


While down in Monterey I spotted this gorgeous 1962 Jaguar E-Type owned by Randall Smalley of Mesa, Arizona: both at the Carmel Concours-by-the-Sea and during the 2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

According to the heritage certificate this E-Type, chassis 876040 was completed in November of 1961 and painted Opalescent Bronze with Beige interior for its first owner, J.L. Rein in Santa Monica, California.

It as since been restored in a hue of Golden Sand by Classic Showcase in  California. They rebuilt the original R2541–9 cylinder head and engine.

On the great, 876040 is listed as sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2002 for $102,600 USD and Sports Car Market reported it was “one of the best in the world” at the time.

Looking at, this car scored an impressive 99.040 at the JOCLA Concours and a perfect 100 at the from the JCOCA again at the International Jaguar Festival held in Scottsdale in 2016.

Just pouring over the details it appears alot of passion and hard work went into a fit and finish of this caliber. It retains the J-62 tag issued only for the California state.

The owner reports that at the time this car cost “$5,595 against the Coupé’s $5,895, the Mk2’s $5,095 and the MK10’s $7,384.”