The newest item to go on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is the 1977 Cadillac Seville that was driven by Elvis Presley himself. The King of Rock & Roll purchased this car in October 1976 and he opted for the burgundy and silver colour scheme. The car is in original condition and even has the CB radio that Elvis used to communicate with the kitchen at Graceland.
Talking about Elvis Presley’s Cadillac, Lady Fiona Montagu, wife of the museum’s founder, said: “I am a huge fan and had the costume made to wear at an Elvis themed fund raising evening we held in the museum last year in support of our Beaulieu education charity, the Countryside Education Trust.” This Seville V8 Automatic was manufactured by GM and its body was custom made by Fisher for Cadillac. It even has features like electric windows and mirrors.
Previously auctioned in Las Vegas in 1994 and sold for $101,500 to a private collector, it again came up for sale in August when Graceland held its first ever auction. The car was purchased for $81,250 by Steve Horn. Steve and his wife, who are fans of Elvis, run Europe’s Tribute to Elvis, an annual Europe tribute artist contest held in Blackpool with the winner taking part in the contest finals in Memphis. Talking about their willingness to display the car at Beaulieu, Steve said: “We wanted to give all of Elvis’s UK fans an opportunity to see his car and Beaulieu is the perfect location. We are delighted they could find a space for it.”
This Cadillac is the last car that he bought for personal use. After his death, this car was gifted by his father, Vernon, to Elvis’s girlfriend, Ginger Alden. The car is presently on display in the National Motor Museum.
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