Elvis may have left the building, but the star’s final car has just entered the building at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
The pristine 1977 Cadillac – the last of more than 200 Cadillacs that Elvis bought for himself, family, friends and even complete strangers – features the King’s unusual choice of silver and burgundy paintwork along with a CB radio that he used to talk to the kitchen at Graceland and to tell the guard house outside his home to open the gates.
This two-tone 1977 Cadillac Seville V8 was purchased in October 1976 and ended up in his father Vernon’s hands after the singer’s death in 1977, before being passed on to Elvis’s girlfriend, Ginger Alden. It then went up for sale in August as part of Graceland’s first-ever auction and was bought by Elvis aficionado Steve Horn for £52,000 as a gift for his wife.
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.
The Horn couple run Europe's tribute to Elvis and decided to make the car available to view by car and Elvis fans. Mr Horn 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."
The V8 machine packs an enormous 5.7-litre engine under the bonnet, which pumps out a mere 180bhp – similar to some 1.6-litre modern motors – along with an archaic three-speed automatic gearbox. However, despite its weight, which isn’t far off two tonnes, this behemoth can still lumber up to a top speed of 115mph.
January 2, 2015