A 1956 Austin Princess hearse that belonged to legendary musician John Lennon is being put up for sale in RM Sotheby’s Battersea auction this September and has been valued at £250,000.
The Austin was customised with aircraft seats by Lennon after he had bought it second hand in 1971.
Registered in the name of ‘John Ono Lennon’, this vehicle was listed at 3 Savile Row, which was the Beatles’ base in London.
The Princess’s logbook shows that the car was ‘kept in Berks’ where Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived on their Tittenhurst country estate in Sunningdale.
This car was in Lennon’s possession around the time where he wrote ‘Imagine’, and the car featured in the film of the same name in 1972.
Lennon sold on the Austin in 1972 to a Californian and the car has remained in America ever since. In that time, the American number plate was changed to ‘EMAJIN’ to commemorate the singer’s most famous song.
The founder of the Beatles was well known for his love of cars, with his first car being a Ferrari 330 GT. He also famously owned a Rolls Royce Phantom, which he customised with a psychedelic paint job.
The Princess was donated to the Austin Rock and Roll Car Museum in Texas in 2008 and Sotheby’s said: “This car will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for any serious collector of Beatles or music industry memorabilia.”
Some of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to multiple charities including UNICEF, Make A Wish America and Dell Children’s Medical Centre.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
July 26, 2016