Customized Elvis Presley Mercedes on Vegas auction block

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This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL was owned by Elvis Presley until his death in 1977. | Barrett-Jackson photo
This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL was owned by Elvis Presley until his death in 1977. | Barrett-Jackson photo

Legendary rocker Elvis Presley was famous for doing it his way and that includes a custom-painted 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL sedan that will be on the auction block in Las Vegas next month.

The car, which will be offered by Barrett-Jackson, was purchased new by Presley and he owned it until his death in 1977. He had it painted Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic to match his 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600.

After the singer died, the car was placed in a museum and has been on display there for 40 years.

The 280SEL is powered by a 169.5cid 6-cylinder engine capable of making 180 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. It is paired to a 3-speed automatic transmission.

As befitting of the King, the car has a lot of options, including power brakes, steering and windows. It also has air conditioning and a Becker Europa AM/FM radio with an 8-track player.

In addition to the Mercedes-Benz, the buyer will receive the car’s bills of sale, registration and other paperwork, in addition to a photo of the car in front of Presley’s home, Graceland.

To quote Presley, expect this car to drum up, “A little less conversation, a little more action” when the bidding opens.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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