- The Cars of the King:
text was written by Joe Esposito, a member of the inner-circle of Elvis
Presley. It was written as an answer to a question on the Collecting online
homepage, the web part of the Collecting magazine. Interesting stuff !
knows, Elvis loved cars. But when it came to the merchandising of souvenirs,
he showed little or no interest and really wasn't involved. Elvis had a lot
of cars. The first thing that attracted him was the looks of the car. He
didn't care if it was a $5,000 car or a $50,000 car or what brand it was,
although he was very partial to American-made cars. He really liked
Cadillacs and Lincolns, also some Chryslers. We bought a few foreign cars
like the Rolls Royce because it was very prestigious and looked great,
a Mercedes limousine and a Ferrari, but mostly his cars were American-made.
He was very patriotic when it came to that.
1977 Cadillac Seville, two-tone burgundy and silver with white leather
interior was the last Cadillac
Elvis owned, and the registration to Elvis' 1977 Cadillac
saw a car he liked in the window, he'd stop and buy it. That was basically
it. If the dealership was closed and we knew the owner, we'd call and wake him
up. We'd say, "Listen, Elvis wants to buy this car." Naturally
the guy would meet us there, because if he didn't, Elvis would say, "Well,
we'll find someplace else."
Elvis' famous Pink Cadillac 1955
- One of Elvis' Cadillac's from the 70's
bring bags of money? Absolutely not. Elvis never carried cash. Either I
would write a check or, if I wasn't there, somebody else would write the
check and Elvis would sign it. If we were in Memphis the dealerships
would just send the bill to the house at Graceland.
the dealers throwing themselves at him, Elvis was famous for buying cars,
not just one, and the minute they knew he was coming into the dealership they'd
swarm around like mad. Elvis never asked for a discount, never even asked
the price. He just said, "OK, I'll take that car." And then one
of us would negotiate the price and take it from there.
Elvis Presley's 1964 Cadillac Fleetwood Model 75 Limousine
Elvis came to buy cars he bought one for himself and then he'd say, "Hey,
I think I should buy some for my friends." And that's how he was.
He let them share in his enthusiasm for cars. A lot of times he would turn
around and give his away. But the people he bought cars for had them registered
and licensed in their names, not his.
- 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark 5
me a lot of new cars, including a brand new Seville and a gorgeous Eldorado
convertible. One time he offered me a brand new Rolls Royce, but I turned
it down because I didn't want to cause problems in the group. When I sold
those cars, I didn't sell them as Elvis collectibles. But I'm sure the
Eldorado convertible is out there someplace and I know it's worth
a lot of money. But at the time I didn't think of it as a collectible.
- Picture of Elvis' 76 Cadillac Eldorade, auctioned in Nashville,TEN
Check out the picture of Elvis 56' Cadillac on Review
of a Elvis concert
Or for more information on Elvis' cars, check out Allan Levisons stunning
homepage of Elvis's
Return to On a Surfin Safari with Elvis
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