The Man in Black may be gone, but his legacy lives on, and so do many of the personal artifacts that tell the story of Johnny Cash that he left behind. One such important piece of history is about to go to the auction block in Las Vegas: a 1970 “build-to-order” Black Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow automobile owned by Johnny Cash that has quite the interesting story.
Between 1969 and 1971, Johnny Cash hosted a total of 58 episodes of “The Johnny Cash Show” on ABC. All the greats of the day from country music and beyond appeared on the show, including historic appearances by people like Bob Dylan and Bob Hope. To show their appreciation, ABC purchased the Rolls-Royce in a custom black color and presented it to Johnny Cash as a gift. The automobile was a long wheelbase, long door “Saloon” model, and boasted a privacy partition, and custom “JRC” gold lettering in the rear doors. This was one serious motor coach.
The vehicle was owned by Johnny Cash until about 1985 when he sold it to another private owner, and on September 25th, the car will go up for grabs to the highest bidder as part of Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auto auction at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
This is not the first time the car has been put up for sale recently. In a 2013 episode of the reality show Pawn Stars, the car was offered up for $350,000 but was passed on. The price was then reduced to $150,000, but it still wasn’t sold. The upcoming Las Vegas auction will have no reserve, so it is sure be sold this time.
There were roughly 36,000 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows produced in many different styles, but only one like Johnny Cash’s. It has a twin-carbureted 412 CID aluminum V8 engine, independent front and rear suspension, and four wheel disc brakes. It only has 32,000 original miles on the odometer, and is mostly in original condition. The hood and trunk lid were also aluminum. Included with the car are various pieces of original paperwork that have Johnny Cash’s signature on them as the official owner.
For more information on the auto auction, visit www.barrett-jackson.com.