35 years after the death of Elvis Presley - the King of Rock'n'Roll important car collection! Part 2!
Elvis Presley funeral 1977
Elvis Presley cars 1960 Cadillac gold car
Elvis Presley cars 1960 Lincoln mark 5
Elvis Presley cars Stutz Blackhawk 1970
While he was in Germany, Elvis was among the first who ordered new limousine Lincoln Continental Mark 5
and company officials decided to customize his car.
For this was chosen the workshop Hess and Eisenhardt (known to transform into a convertible the limousine in which Kennedy was shot...), the limousine was equipped with all existing options from the company catalog at the time, plus a separator window and air conditioning for the rear seats.
In 1965, Elvis Presley gave the car to Alan Fortas, a prominent member of the "Memphis Mafia", group of people who deal with the details of his personal life and concerts.
The most luxurious Cadillac that Elvis had been purchased in 1960
and was customized by George Barris workshop with many luxurious and extravagant items, so the price of that Feetwood Cadillac Series 75 reached $ 100,000, an exorbitant amount at the time
Car benefits by many gold plated items such as telephone, refrigerator or footrest. Multimedia system consists of 10 record players and a TV.
Exterior paint was pearl and various body ornaments were decorated with diamonds and 24k gold, while side windows were fitted with actually some gold curtains.
Even if it was a car worthy of a king, Elvis used to drive only occasionally in 1960, when the Cadillac became known as the "Elvis Presley's Gold Car". In 1966, the car was sold for only 24,000 dollars to an entrepreneur who used it for promotional purposes.
In early 1961
, Elvis Presley signed a major contract with American producer Hal Wallis, known for the film Casablanca and promoting stars like Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
To celebrate this important step in his career, Elvis has ordered no more and no less than a Rolls Royce Phantom V
, from a dealer in Beverly Hills, a car that had more a static role as status symbol because it was almost never drove.
Moreover, Elvis parked the car in his mother yard where chickens and other pets deteriorated precious body paint . Elvis did not bother and simply asked to be repaint the car. Four or five times!
In 1962, a former childhood neighbor of Elvis, Ernie Barrasso, became Ford dealer in Memphis, persuaded the King to see the new Ford Thunderbird, a very attractive convertible in those days.
Built in only 200 special copies, Ford Thunderbird
immediately convinced Elvis to buy the car from the showroom, which had a price of $ 6,284.
But Elvis did not enjoy too much of the new "toy". After a few days, went to Hollywood for a movie and those who take care of the car discovered that Thunderbird wheels had problems. But producing company, Wire Wheels, had gone bankrupt because of financial problems, so decided to replace the wheels with spokes with modern ones.
When Elvis returned, he immediately noticed that the car did not have the original wheels and upset that they could not be replaced with the same type, phoned in Detroit asking to be put in touch even with "Mr. Ford ". Finally, Elvis renounced at the car but broke all the connections with Ford cars ever since.
While in the 60s Elvis flirted with various Cadillac and Lincoln limousines in 1970 stood out because of new acquisitions: an ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Benz 600, car at the time considered a worthy rival to Rolls Royce.
Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan had six doors and rear seats were separated from the driver cockpit by a glass wall with electric drive. In addition the car also benefit obviously by the most modern equipment at the time, Elvis using it long time to travel to various events.
This Mercedes-Benz 600 is associated with the artist change of look of: special haircut, large sunglasses and "mafia" clothes.
Elvis Presley was the first customer of Stutz brand, which launched in 1970 a ravishing model: Stutz Blackhawk.
A fancy car with a coupe body and a huge front part totally unusual for American cars of the time.
After the car has been used as exhibit at the auto show that year, was involved in an accident while it was taken to the car-wash. The front was seriously damaged, and, because the car was actually a prototype, could not be repaired.
But Elvis passed quickly over the incident and in subsequent years he bought another four such models, one for each year. The last one was a Stutz Blackhawk III of the 1973 model with a 230 hp engine and has been customized with a red interior with gold trim.
Unfortunately for this brand, association with Rock'n'roll King has not contributed significantly to its reputation, Stutz ceased to produce and sell cars in 1995.
In 1974, the King bought for 2,400 dollars an Italian sports car, De Tomaso Pantera,
which was a gift for his girlfriend at the time, Linda Thompson (has been together about 3 years).
The car became very known to the public after an incident at Graceland and after that De Tomaso Pantera has gained the title of "Car that Elvis shot it".
According to Elvis friend, George Klein, one day the two were talking about the car, and Elvis complained about the technical problems that he had with Pantera since he bought it.
One of the Elvis staff people at the time try to start the car engine, but without success and Elvis, angry, took out his gun and fired into the car. Time in which the car engine started! Obviously, the car has become a highly precious collector's item for millionaires collectors after the death of Elvis.
Elvis Presley's passion for Italian cars culminated with the purchase of a Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 in 1975.
A very special car for the Italian company, because it was drawn by Bertone (rather than Pininfarina) and approach 2+2 seat solution, although the engine was central.
The model bought by Elvis Presley was quite expensive, despite the fact that it was a used car: 21,000 dollars. In addition, the car has not been customized in any way and Elvis entourage showed surprised that King likes this.
It was the only Ferrari that Elvis droved, the car is now displayed in the museum at Graceland.
With the entry into a new era, a more practical car design with a mechanical solutions to cut fuel consumption, American cars have lost the glow of another time, something especially true for Cadillac limousines.
The Cadillac Seville
was the last Cadillac that Elvis Presley bought it, although it was probably the biggest fan of this brand. So great that it seems it has have around 200 such models, almost all of them were presents for relatives and friends and even, in some cases, even for strangers.
Therefore, given the close link between King and Cadillac, at his funeral, mortuary cars used were two special models based on Fleetwood versions 76 and 77, and the procession of cars consisted of an impressive number of white Cadillac.
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