Johnny Cash’s rags to riches story embodies the American dream. His trajectory from son of a share crop farmer to international superstar is well documented. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash are the only two people to be formally inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Johnny Cash broke down barriers and reaped the rewards of his stratospheric celebrity and position as an American Hero.
Between June 1969 and March 1971, “The Man in Black” hosted his own TV music variety show on ABC. Appropriately called “The Johnny Cash Show” the series was quite successful. 58 episodes aired with Nielsen ratings climbing as high as number 17. Hollywood and music greats from Bob Hope to Carl Perkins to Bob Dylan appeared.
Ordered and purchased by ABC Television Network, the 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB (long wheelbase) “long door” Saloon shown here was given to Johnny Cash as a gift. What better way for ABC to recognize the success of “The Johnny Cash Show” than to present the star with a shiny black Rolls-Royce?
Offered for sale at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, the Johnny Cash Rolls-Royce comes with provenance including “build to order” specification paperwork. The car was ordered with left hand drive, a privacy partition and factory provided “JRC” initials in gold on the rear doors. Additional paperwork shows Tennessee registration and published references to Johnny Cash’s ownership. The car was purchased from Johnny Cash in the mid-1980’s and has been in private ownership since then.
Very special in their day, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows feature extensive use of aluminum, including the hood and trunk lid. Key specifications include a twin-carbureted 412 cid aluminum V8, independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. This particular vehicle shows 32,000 miles on the odometer and is presented in largely original condition.
Join us in Las Vegas September 25 through September 27 for the sale of the Johnny Cash Rolls-Royce — a car that punctuates the success of an American Hero in 1970.