1970 Rolls Royce silver shadow convertible that once belonged to boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be auctioned by Bonhams.
Last month, Muhammad Ali‘s 1976 Alfa Romeo Spider was auctioned and sold, this month, his 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Convertible, another model from the boxing legend’s automobile collection is up for grabs.
Muhammad Ali purchased this top-of-the-range model brand new in New Jersey in December 1970 for around $16,000 (about $105,000 in today’s dollars) when he was still known as Cassius Clay,the same year his boxing license was reinstated after a three-year suspension due to draft refusal during the Vietnam War.
One of the most expensive Rolls-Royce during its time, this Silver Shadow Convertible was first owned by Ali for six years until it was passed to a second owner in the US before finding its way to its current owner in Holland. The car has never been fully restored and still retains most of its original interior, however it has undergone a color change and significant mechanical improvements. In addition to standard documentation, the car also comes with a copy of Clay’s temporary drivers license and a photo book including a photograph of Ali and Diana Ross with the Rolls-Royce outside Caesar’s Palace.