As a seasoned racer and educated collector, Brian Johnson (lead singer of the band AC/DC) knows how to pick his vehicles. He owns a Black Rolls-Royce Phantom that’s pictured along with a triumphant-looking, cross-armed Johnson on the cover of his tongue-in-cheek automotive autobiography, “Rockers and Rollers”.
“There’s a Rolls-Royce on the cover of my book. The fascination came when I was a kid and the only time you saw one was when somebody got married or somebody died…” He goes on, “…that’s why I always wanted one; I wanted to get in one before I died. So here I am, in Sydney, having a drive in a Roller, and I love it!”
Although Brian doesn’t get to drive very often while on tour, he told Jeremy Hart of ‘Motor Trend’, “If I had to drive the band to a gig, it would be in a Rolls. Imagine driving this on the road to Perth across the desert. The boys had an old tour bus in the early days and it took forever to get there and the sun was always in your eye and the heat and that’s where [Bon] came up with the words to ‘Highway to Hell.’ Little bit of Australian history and AC/DC history there for you…”
Johnson, not only owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom but also a 1928 4.5 Litre Bentley Vanden Plas Le Mans Tourer. He cleverly named the vehicle “Thunder Guts” and can be seen driving it down the streets of his hometown for as mundane a task as going to get the paper from the shop every morning.