I’ve had an update on the latest whereabouts of John Lennon’s Rolls Royce from one the men who helped restore it, and on the portable Sony TV which used to be installed in the rear passenger area of the car. That television was possibly the one also featured on the front cover of the Sgt Pepper LP, although there is a bit of mystery surrounding that little Sony.
The car is actually owned the Royal British Columbia Museum, which for a long time has been looking for a replacement portable Sony TV to install into the space where the original used to be – one just like a Sony model TV9-306 UB – the one on the “Sgt Pepper” cover.
Well, Jim writes:
“I just thought I’d update the search for a Sony TV 9-306 UB. I finally found one on eBay in the UK last year and now have it here on display in my shop (Bristol Motors). The Royal BC Museum’s curators have not yet decided whether they will put it in the car as it is not the actual TV that was in it, although it is the identical model. Also John Lennon’s Phantom V 5VD73 is on display in the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum in Montreal, Canada until April 2014. They have an exhibit called “The Beatles in Montreal” in which the car is prominently displayed.”
Thanks so much Jim for the update – and anyone living in or travelling to Montreal in the next year should drop in to see “The Beatles in Montreal” exhibition. You can find more details on that here. The exhibition opens on March 29 and runs for a year.
With 2014 being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first world tour there are a number of museums, including here in Sydney and in Melbourne Australia, planning exhibitions of their city’s brush with Beatlemania….