Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not Sure What To Think...

Buy Johnny Cash’s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow


Pretty sweet ride, for a man who considered himself one of the little people...

Now, in all fairness to the man in black, the Rolls was a gift from ABC studios after the well-received Johnny Cash Show had a successful second season. It's not like he went out and spent concert proceeds on a $25,000 (in 1970 $) car. That's at least four times what a Cadillac cost, and that was at least an American car.

It just really surprised me, that's all. I figured Johnny Cash for an Oldsmobile man, maybe a Ford. I never would have guessed he'd be tooling around in a car that cost more than the homes that the people who went to his concerts would live in. I would have thought the opulence and decadence would be too much for the man in black.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But still is there because he's a victim of the times.
The poor and beaten down will never even *see* a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, let alone get to ride in one. The people on the hungry side of town can't afford the taxes on a luxury car, let alone the purchase price. I mean, I guess it's not rampant, blatant hypocrisy to make your fortune claiming to be a champion of the little guy, but drive around in a car that costs more than most of your fans will ever dream of making. Somehow.

Learning about feet of clay shouldn't surprise me, yet sometimes it still does...

That is all.

5 comments:

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Meh. It was a gift, and he did have the income to afford the taxes. a) There's nothing wrong with that, and b) there's an argument to be made that it would have been more hypocritical to turn it down just to preserve a specific image.

Angus McThag said...

Check out James May's "People's Car" series. It's got some insight about the Shad that might change your perspective on how elite owning one is.

Ted said...

More than likely the silver shadow stayed in L A as the west coast house car and the house in Tennessee had a Lincoln or Caddy

Ross said...

Didn't the owner try to sell it for $300K or so on Pawn Stars?

Windy Wilson said...

Isn't that the model of Rolls Royce that turned out to have lots of General Motors parts in the drive train and suspension?