Rolls-Royce once owned by Muhammad Ali hitting auction block

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Drive like a champ: This 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward convertible formerly owned by late boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be auctioned off by Bonhams at a sale in Belgium in October. | Bonhams photo
Drive like a champ: This 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward convertible formerly owned by late boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be auctioned off by Bonhams at a sale in Belgium in October. | Bonhams photo

A Rolls-Royce once owned by late boxing legend Muhammad Ali will hit the auction block at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale in Belgium early next month.

The 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward convertible was bought by the champ, at the time still known by his birth name of Cassius Clay, in New Jersey for nearly $16,000.

Ali bought the car the same year he regained his boxing license. The license was suspended and his titles stripped in 1966 after he refused to enter the armed services during the Vietnam War, citing religious objections.

The boxer was an aficionado of Rolls-Royces and owned many of them.

This one was sold to a buyer in Holland, who exported the car across the Atlantic Ocean before it underwent a complete restoration, one that was so detailed that even the optional headrests were left in place.

The car is estimated to be worth between €40,000 and €60,000 ($46,000 and $70,000). That number could go higher, especially if an Ali-owned 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider sells for more than expected at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Las Vegas in two weeks’ time.

The Rolls-Royce will roll onto Bonhams’ block on Oct. 8 in Knokke-Heist. To learn more about the auction, visit Bonhams’ website.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Cassius Clay changed his mane after the first Sonny Liston fight in 1964. So when we purchased this 1970 Rolls-Royce his name was Mahammed Ali. Maybe New Jersey didn’t recognize that as his mane at the DMV?

  2. Pretty car. I hope the proceeds are donated to the wounded/mutilated young Americans who went to Vietnam in place of this draft dodger.

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