We are excited to offer this 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow in our February 8, 2020 auction at Southfork, not only because it is a Rolls Royce, but this particular car has a history with Southfork and the show “Dallas” that was filmed at Southfork Ranch.
This Silver Shadow was originally purchased for Joan Hitchcock a San Francisco socialite as a gift from her husband and not much more than a year later Jake Hamon (A Dallas Oil Barron) purchased it for his wife, Nancy Hamon’s birthday. Nancy, who is known as the Oil Empress of Dallas Jake was a Texas wildcatter and it is said that his background influenced the character Jock Ewing played by Jim Davis in the show “Dallas” which aired from 1978 to 1991. Jake drilled his first oil well in 1920 and after partnering with another oilman, they opened their offices in Dallas, Texas in 1932. Unfortunately, Jake died in 1985, but Nancy, his wife, kept this car until the day she died in 2011.
Jake’s estate was worth over $200 million dollars and upon his death Nancy Hamon said “when I die, I want to die broke and bounce my last check”, and she accomplished this by giving over $70 million to charity and spending the rest.
Mr. & Mrs. Hamon were very good friends with Larry Hagman, who played J.R. on the famed show “Dallas”. There have been various references that some episodes were loosely based on the lives of the Harmons. Hagman was seen around Dallas over the years driving this Rolls Royce and even to Southfork on the set. While in Dallas, Hagman stayed with the Hamons on many occasions.
Original Black Interior
Porcelain White Exterior
Chrome is excellent
Dash & Instrument Panel are excellent
Some normal wear on the original seats, but no rips or tears
V-8 with automatic 3-Speed
Brakes good, steering tight, new tires and everything works
This Rolls not only has a significant historical value, but it is a very nice driver that can be used daily.
This Silver Shadow rides and drives like a dream
Silver Shadow Facts
In the 1960’s Rolls Royce was the epitome of style and to own a Rolls was a status of success. The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was popular from Europe to the deserts of Texas amongst Oilmen and from New York to L.A.
The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1976 and it gave way to the Silver Shadow II from 1977 to 1980. To date it is still the largest production run of and Rolls Royce.
The Silver Shadow superseded the Silver Cloud and was a bit smaller to accommodate the smaller U.K. roads, yet it offered drivers more modern updates such as disc brakes as opposed to drums, independent rear suspension as opposed to live axle and the powerplant was coupled to a General Motors Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic gearbox, except on pre-70 right hand drive models.
The Silver Shadow was designed by Rolls Royce’s Chief Styling Engineer, John Polwhele Blatchley, who was responsible for many Rolls and Bentley designs.