It is estimated that Elvis Presley purchased more than 200 Cadillacs during his lifetime. He would drive them and then gift them to friends or family. One of them goes up for bidding January 8 on an online auction based in England.
According to online auction company Car & Classic, Presley ordered the 1975 Fleetwood Brougham from Madison Cadillac, specifying the sunroof and hood-mounted “Goddess” ornament. He paid $12,512 for the vehicle.
A year later, he gave the car to his British doctor. The doctor drove it for a decade, then sold the car to the consignor. That buyer, from Sweden, kept the Cadillac a few years, then sold it, only to buy it back at a later date.
“The Cadillac is prominently photographed at many venues, a testament to its worldly, glamorous provenance,” the auction house states, adding, however, “The car requires recommissioning before being enjoyed but is said to be complete.”
“You don’t purchase this car because it’s the ultimate example of American automotive greatness in the Seventies,” according to Car & Classic’s Chris Pollitt. “You are buying a piece of original history, a period chariot belonging to one of the most famous showmen in the world. Shame it’s not pink.”
The online auction begins January 8, which was Elvis’ birthday.