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Feature Car: Johnny Cash 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

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 provenance is as interesting and fun as the car. 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.


The 1970 Johnny Cash Rolls Royce Silver Shadow is presented in largely original, unrestored condition.

The 1970 Johnny Cash Rolls Royce Silver Shadow is presented in largely original, unrestored condition.


Silver Shadows feature prominent, instantly recognizable grilles as well as hood ornaments known as "The Spirit of Ecstasy".

Silver Shadows feature prominent, instantly recognizable grilles as well as hood ornaments known as “The Spirit of Ecstasy”.


Beautiful emblems greeted rear seat passengers and they entered the Silver Shadow. As with most of the car, the emblem and top are presented in unrestored condition.

Beautiful emblems greeted rear seat passengers and they entered the Silver Shadow. As with most of the car, the emblem and top are presented in unrestored condition.


The iconic "Spirit of Ecstacy" hood ornament is presented in original condition with some patina. Rolls Royce trivia: The Spirit of Ecstasy is also known as "Emily", "Silver Lady" or "Flying Lady".

The iconic “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament is presented in original condition with some patina. Rolls Royce trivia: The Spirit of Ecstasy is also known as “Emily”, “Silver Lady” or “Flying Lady”.


The largely original 412 cid engine received a light cosmetic restoration. Look closely and you'll see two carburetors and beautiful Rolls-Royce logo valve covers.

The largely original 412 cid engine received a light cosmetic restoration. Look closely and you’ll see two carburetors and beautiful Rolls-Royce logo valve covers.


Rolls Royce is world renowned for its impeccable wood treatments and leather upholstery.

Rolls Royce is world renowned for its impeccable wood treatments and leather upholstery.


Closeup of original dash. The Silver Shadow's steering wheel is simple, yet elegant.

Closeup of original dash. The Silver Shadow’s steering wheel is simple, yet elegant.


This is it. The rear seat where Johnny Cash, family and guests were driven in comfort by chauffeur.  The original privacy partition works in conduction with the long wheelbase (LWB) configuration.

This is it. The rear seat where Johnny Cash, family and guests were driven in comfort by chauffeur. The original privacy partition works in conjunction with the long wheelbase (LWB) configuration.

Here is one of the most interesting pages included with the provenance. The original plan to apply a "Golden Guitar" to each of the rear door's was scrapped in the interest of time. Instead, the factory applied "JRC" initials per hand written instructions.
Here is one of the most interesting pages included with the provenance. The original plan to apply a “Golden Guitar” to each of the rear door’s was scrapped in the interest of time. Instead, the factory applied “JRC” initials per hand written instructions.

The original Rolls-Royce owner's manual is part of the provenance included with the Man In Black's Silver Shadow.
The original Rolls-Royce owner’s manual is part of the provenance included with the Man In Black’s Silver Shadow.

Johnny Cash's name and address can be found Inside the Rolls-Royce owner's manual.
Johnny Cash’s name and address can be found Inside the Rolls-Royce owner’s manual.

The warranty card at left is made out to Johnny Cash at his Tennessee address.  The page at right shows a Mr. Vernon Burns ordered the car on behalf of Johnny Cash.
The warranty card at left is made out to Johnny Cash at his Tennessee address. The page at right shows a Mr. Vernon Burns ordered the car on behalf of Johnny Cash.

Included with the sale are registration and tax receipts from the state of Tennessee. These are dated February 2, 1984.
Included with the sale are registration and tax receipts from the state of Tennessee. These are dated February 2, 1984.

The 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow shown here is offered under Lot # 766 at the Las Vegas Auction. Click below for details:

1970 Johnny Cash Rolls-Royce “Silver Shadow Long Wheel” Lot# 766

*Any descriptions and representations relating to the vehicle(s) contained herein are made by the consignor of the vehicle(s). The accuracy of the description is the responsibility of the consignor and Barrett-Jackson is not responsible for any errors or inaccuracies contained therein.

duPont Registry Monterey Cars and Coffee Presented By Barrett-Jackson

The duPont Registry Monterey Cars and Coffee presented by Barrett-Jackson attracts an eclectic mix of vehicles including a pre-production SRT Hellcat, a Shelby Series 1 roadster, and colorful hot rods. The quality of the cars on hand is always impressive including a Concours ready Aston Martin DB5. Craig Jackson brought out his Bugatti Veyron. If you are in town for next year’s Monterey Car Week, be sure to add our Cars and Coffee event to your “must-visit” list.

Shelby Series 1 roadsters are exceedingly rare.  According to its owner, this example is driven regularly and driven hard.

Shelby Series 1 roadsters are exceedingly rare. According to its owner, this example is driven regularly and driven hard.

DuPont Registry and Barrett-Jackson presented goodie bags to all Cars and Coffee participants. Craig Jackson showcased his 1001 HP Veyron.

duPont Registry and Barrett-Jackson presented goodie bags to all Cars and Coffee participants. Craig Jackson showcased his 1001 HP Veyron.

This pre-production SRT Challenger Hellcat was a crowd favorite.

This pre-production SRT Challenger Hellcat was a crowd favorite.

A true sports car icon, this particular Aston Martin DB5 is impeccably restored.

A true sports car icon, this particular Aston Martin DB5 is impeccably restored.

As with the rest of the car, the engine bay in this Aston Martin DB5 is concours restored.

A pair of retro Honda Trail 50 mini-bikes are hanging out next to a nicely lowered Chevy 3100 pickup.

A pair of retro Honda Trail 50 mini-bikes are hanging out next to a nicely lowered Chevy 3100 pickup.

This classic Porsche arrived at our Cars and Coffee sporting some interesting accessories.

This classic Porsche arrived at our Cars and Coffee sporting some interesting accessories.

The lines, body work and paint on the resto-mod Mustang are first rate.

The lines, body work and paint on the resto-mod Mustang are first rate.

Shock towers have been eliminated to make room for the trick Coyote engine. This Mustang also has a late model Mustang dash and overdrive transmission.

Shock towers have been eliminated to make room for the trick Coyote engine. This Mustang also has a late model Mustang dash and overdrive transmission.

Check out the skull graphic on this brand new C7 Corvette.

Check out the skull graphic on this brand new C7 Corvette.

Supercars are always welcome at Cars and Coffee events. These two mid-engined beauties sound amazing.

Supercars are always welcome at Cars and Coffee events. Both of these mid-engined exotics sound amazing.

A lesson in contrast: A simple and brutish Cobra is parked alongside two heavily customized, high tech Audis.

A lesson in contrast: A simple and brutish Cobra provides contrast with two heavily customized, high tech Audis.

Road-Race Muscle: Craig Jackson’s 1970 AMC Javelin

Vintage racing is one of the most exciting and colorful facets of the the collector car hobby. At the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Trans Am field is packed with more than 40 examples of American muscle cars. Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson races the #3 Javelin shown here. Back in 1969 and 1970, the car was originally raced by road-race ace Jerry Grant. Now, as then, the #3 Javelin is fast and competitive. It really draws a crowd with its patriotic paint scheme and angry sounding V8.

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Barrett-Jackson Visits: Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The Monterey Motorsports Reunion is an extraordinary automotive destination. Held at Mazda Raceway in Salinas, CA, the Reunion is packed with excitement and variety. Fans of American classics such as Mustangs, Challengers, Corvettes, and Cobras will truly enjoy the rumbling V8 sounds emanating from historic Trans AM, Can AM and SCCA B-Production sedans. As the race paddock is open to spectators, you can get up close and personal with these amazing classics. Racers, car owners and pit crews are eager to tell stories and answer questions. It is common to see ultra rare, multi-million dollar cars being thrashed on the surrounding race track. Among other examples, we encountered a Ferrari 250 GT SWB on jackstands being repaired after a hard day of racing. The collector car hobby is alive and well here at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

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Barrett-Jackson Visits: Baja Cantina and Filling Station Show

Located in Carmel, CA the Baja Cantina and Filling Station is an enthusiast’s dream hangout. This is one of our favorite events during Monterey Car Week. You’ll encounter an eclectic mix of cool cars and motorcycles plus a laid back vibe and great food.

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