Maybe it started with Elvis’ Cadillacs, or maybe it’s just what you get when you mix youth and an endless flow of cash, but it seems that one of the first things rock stars do when they make it big is, buy expensive cars.
Interestingly, while the rock and roll stereotype is one of being ‘anti-establishment’, many of the vehicles chosen over the years were what most people would think of major icons of the ‘establishment’.
One example of what we mean is John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V with its custom psychedelic paint finish. Here’s someone who famously wrote “imagine no possessions…” owning perhaps the most famous status symbol ever – and it was his second Rolls!
Rock and Roll Bentleys and Aston Martins
A recent auction at Bonham’s in London, England, showcased a number of Bentley’s and at least one Aston Martin owned by some of the most famous rock stars ever.
Yes, virtually identical to James Bond’s iconic DB5, this is the first of at least 2 Aston Martins owned by the Beatle bassist.
EJ loved his 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon so much he called it the most beautiful car ever made’. The other Elton Bentley was a 1960 S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon, which he used mainly to ferry around his guests.
Bentleys seem to be particularly popular with current and older pop stars alike. JLo and JayZ are famous owners of Bentleys. And, if you’re familiar with Keith Richards’ rock and roll story, you’ll know all about the 1967 road trip to Morrocco. In his 1963 S3 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, which he named ‘Blue Lena’, after Lena Horne.