The Beatles 50th Anniversary – a Look back at their cars

The Beatles

This Friday marks 50 years to the day The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do” was released.

To honor this, have a look at the cars The Beatles drove over the last 50 years.

John Lennon's Rolls-Royce
John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce Phantom V

Much to the chagrin of Rolls-Royce, John Lennon started making alterations to his 19 foot long Phantom soon after delivery in 1965. A double bed was installed, along with a Sony television and fridge. It got its distinctive psychedelic paintjob in 1967 at which point the band used the car as their main transport. After the band’s split, Lennon had the car shipped to his US home before donating it to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Auctioned in 1985, it sold for $2.29 million.

The Mercedes 190E survived for 11 years, but it’s the Cosworth powered version most people remember. In 1990 Mercedes released the 2.5-16 Evolution II, building just 502 cars for touring car homologation. An AMG Power Pack boosted output to 232 bhp while the huge rear wing allegedly both reduced drag and added downforce.

George Harrison's Mini

Paul McCartney's Aston DB5
Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5

George Harrison’s Light Car Company Rocket

Designed by the man behind championship winning Formula One cars, the Rocket was Gordon Murray’s first road car. George Harrison managed to own both a Rocket and Murray’s later road car creation, the McLaren F1.Fancy some more? Here’s a further selection…

The Beatles were famous for having Minis. Here a mechanic checks over the bodywork of one of the four Mini cars ‘The Beatles’ are having made to their own requirements in 1966.


Another of John Lennon’s Rolls-Royces, here pictured with David Peel, a former guitarist and songwriter for Lennon.

John Lennon's Rolls-Royce

Yet another Rolls-Royce Phantom V owned by Lennon

John Lennon's Roll-Royce

The famous Phantom V Rolls-Royce, painted in psychedelic colours, 1967.

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The famous Phantom V Rolls-Royce, painted in psychedelic colours, 1967.

John Lennon's Rolls-Royce