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Oregon EV shop swapped a Tesla heart into Johnny Cash's old Rolls-Royce

They swapped it one piece at a time, but it definitely cost more than a dime.

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Kyle Hyatt

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An Oregon EV conversion shop called SHIFTev made some big changes to an old Rolls-Royce formerly owned by Johnny Cash.

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It took most of a Tesla Model S 75 and married it with the classic British luxo-barge.

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That includes getting the electronic systems to play nice, despite being well outside their comfort zone.

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SHIFTev was able to cleanly integrate the Tesla systems so that they were virtually invisible both inside the car and out.

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Mounting the motor required a custom rear subframe.

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The Tesla charging port lives exactly where you'd hope it would: under the gas-tank flap.

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The conversion of such a car might upset purists, but it was in pretty sad shape and despite its prior celebrity owner, it wouldn't have been worth putting back to stock.

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The conversion process was expensive, but the continued costs will be minimal compared to those that the Rolls hardware would have required.

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The reason the crew chose the Model S 75 single-motor was because that model's battery pack was able to be slimmed down somewhat without too much difficulty.

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The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is probably the ideal classic car for an EV conversion and seeing it done at this level is inspiring.

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