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1974 Shadow DN4 Sports Racer / DN4-1A Vehicle Information

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

1974 Shadow DN4 photograph

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In 1971 Don Nichols founded Advanced Vehicle Systems and began producing the cars known as Shadows. Mr. Nichols was very familiar with innovation in the automobile industry. This would lead Nichols to become quite influential in the Far East, which enabled him to give rise to many theories about his life. There were said to be many rumors swirling around his mysterious life, which he would turn to good effect. While Nichols had an innovative mind, many of his innovations didn't always work out so well in reality.

As a racing team, Shadow first became involved in Can-Am racing. Working with his designer Trevor Harris, Nichols helped to create a very innovative and unique car. It would prove to be quick, but wasn't always matched by reliability.

The Shadow Racing Cars team debuted at the 1973 South African Grand Prix and raced until the 1980 French Grand Prix. In 1974, Jackie Oliver became the Can-Am champion driving one of these DN4 Shadows.

Replacing the Shadow DN2, the DN4 sports a Chevrolet ninety-degree V8 with an all-aluminum block, pushrod OHV with two valves per cylinder. Shadow team data released at the time claimed a power output of 735 bhp.

At 1,670 lbs the aluminum-monocoque DN4 was a comparatively light car, to better take advantage of the new Can-Am fuel economy rules. The DN4 was more compact, and packaged around fuel tank displacing a total of approximately forty-five gallons overall. The wheelbase was shortened three inches compared to the 103-inch long dimension of the DN2.

According to Shadow team driver and 1972 Can-Am champion George Follmer, 'There's no substitute for horsepower, but chassis-wise the DN4 pointed in well and was very predictable. And because front area was so small, it was fast in a straight line. It was an extremely good race car.'

Five examples of the Shadow DN4 were built for 1974, two of which were used in competition: One by Jackie Oliver and one by George Follmer. The Shadows took a one-two finish at the season opener at Mosport Park.

This Shadow is DN4-1A and it was manufactured in the Nichols AVS facility in Northampton, England. It was shipped to North America to race in the 1974 Can Am Challenge Cup Series, which was organized under the Group 7 rules for unlimited sports cars.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1974 sales)
1974 Shadow DN4
Sold for USD$381,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1974 Shadow DN4's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am The Best Preserved Can-Am Car Known to ExistDN4-4A2012 Mecum Anaheim, CA$250,000  
1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am Offered by Shadow Creator Don NicholsDN4-4A2012 Mecum Monterey, CA$350,000  

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