Sgt. Pepper Tribute
The 4 New Rides Guaranteed To Be In Your Favorite Beatles' Garage
[The Results May Surprise You]
by Peter Levy
On the birthday of Sgt. Pepper, we determine which Beatle would buy which car today.
June 1, 1967. Camaro and Mustang were fighting it out for pony car supremacy. Chevy Impala was the most popular car in America – again. Japanese cars were tiny tin cans. And on that same day, four Liverpool musicians released what many consider the greatest album of all time, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
In honor of all the above, we wanted to determine what car each Beatle would buy today. Why? Only for the pleasure of determining something unprovable and of no consequence – but fun to do.
Before we give our answers, some ground rules:
- Each Beatle is the age they were when Sgt. Pepper was released – mid-20s (yes, believe it or not, the Beatles were that young).
- They can choose from today’s cars — 2017 models.
- The members don’t have to buy an American car, but we assume they live in America and will buy a vehicle available in America.
- In addition, they are not “Beatle-rich,” or else they could buy vehicles that the rest of us can’t relate to, and this exercise would be no fun. They are well off enough to buy most cars, but we’re excluding the super-expensive and exotic.
The 5 New Rides Found in Your Favorite Beatles’ Garage: A Sgt. Pepper Tribute
George was a race car fan. He owned and sponsored race cars, and wrote “Faster,” a song in honor of race-car driver Jackie Stewart. George liked fast cars and driving fast. He was also in many ways the most American of the Beatles — he visited the US long before any of the other Beatles, and his sister Louise moved to the US when George was a teenager.
So George would buy an American sports car, of which there is exactly one! And he would want it in red because red is a rocking color.
Ringo is a down-to-earth Beatle. He keeps a rock-solid rhythm and expects a rock-solid vehicle. Nothing unusual or weird (he famously left India early during the Beatles’ time with the Maharishi simply because the food was too strange for him).
Ringo needs space. After all, he has to cart around a drum kit. And, more than any other Beatle, Ringo wants privacy and separation from fans — a few years ago he publicly proclaimed that he was done signing autographs and asked people to never ask him for his signature. So he needs a big, comfortable vehicle that can cart his gear, with blackout windows for his privacy.
Paul is the most avant-garde Beatle. When the others moved to suburban calm in the mid-’60s, Paul stayed in swinging London and spent his leisure time in clubs and art galleries. He’s also a famous vegetarian and environmentalist. Yet, Paul is a brand-name kind of guy. He enjoys be seen in the most fashionable places wearing the latest rags.
Bottom line: What “brand-name fashionable” car is a bit avant-garde and would appeal to an environmentalist? Easy.
The most difficult choice. Other than being a non-conformist, it’s hard to pin down John’s tastes. Remember his tie-dyed Rolls-Royce? He lived in America as a proud Englishman. John was a city slicker, but he sailed a small boat to Bermuda. He was a raucous rock-in-roller yet he bared his soul when he wrote “Imagine” and “In My Life.” In additon, he was a “working class hero” who hated to drive (and was pretty bad at it, too).
So we have a man who paints his car, is proudly English in the USA, is a loud non-conformist, and who needs something small to navigate Manhattan streets.
Click below to see our answers for the lesser known members of The Beatles circle.
Always impeccable, always precise.
Answer: The most expensive Mercedes he could afford. In this case, we have the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe.
Dignified, refined, and oh-so-English.
Answer: Jaguar F-Type Coupe. (And make sure to pronounce it Jag-you-are).
Wrong place, wrong time, bad luck.
Answer: A recalled diesel Volkswagen.
(Here’s a non-recalled Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback to celebrate your love for your favorite band)
Over To You
Okay, there you have it, the car each Beatle would choose today. Paul and Ringo, if you’re reading this, please let us know if we have it right. As for everyone else, please comment and let us know which cars you believe the Beatles would drive. This is important stuff and should be subject to public debate and refinement!
P.S. Yes I am a die-hard Beatles fan. No, I don’t think Sgt. Pepper is their best album, but it sure is good. And with the new remix, it’s getting better all the time.