Elvis Presley's last car is being auctioned off and is surprisingly cheap at the moment. The caddy needs some love though.
"Elvis is alive!", fans of the music icon can often be heard chanting. While this myth has left room for speculation for years, when it comes to Elvis Presley's last car, we can be quite clear: it's worn out. British auction house Car and Classic is currently listing the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, purchased by the King in 1974 and driven by him up until the year before his (presumed?) death in 1976. Subsequently, Elvis' doctor Dr. Nichopoulos owned the car until 1985. The Caddy passed through four owners and is now being offered for sale again. The price is spectacular (as of January 10, 2022). With such a mega celebrity as a previous owner you are probably assuming astronomical heights, but far from it. The current bid is a tame 11,000 euros.,
That could also be due to the condition of the car. While it cuts a comparatively good figure from the outside, the interior just quietly begs "Love me tender". But let's stay with the exterior for a moment. The Fleetwood is about six meters long, has a wheelbase of 3.37 meters and weighs an unladen weight of 2,445 kilos. Appropriate for a "King", one could say. A white vinyl roof stretches over the pale yellow body. According to the provider, the car has been spared from rust and the paint is also free of cracks and damage. The chrome grille and radiator mascot sparkle in competition with the original stainless steel wheels.,
Cracks and charming details
The Cadillac has never been restored before and you can see that especially in the interior. Cracked vinyl, ripped seams and a crumbling steering wheel take a lot of work and dedication. But there are still real eye-catchers here after all these years, such as the wood decor with carved manufacturer's logo, the charming folding number clock, the metal-framed controls for window regulators and Co., as well as toggle switches for cruise control, rear window blower and central locking. Not to mention the plush seats with antique carpet character. Although - actually, instead of "seat" it should actually be called "throne" according to the first owner.,
Elvis decided on the injection model of the 8.2-liter V8 at the time. Accordingly, the front engine sends 218 hp to the distant rear wheels. So theoretically. The Fleetwood is currently not going anywhere, which according to the seller is not due to engine damage but to the long service life. However, the supply of parts for the voluminous eight-cylinder is good, so there is nothing to be said against making the unit fit again. Except maybe his consumption, because on average 39 liters of Super per 100 kilometers flow through the veins of Elvis' ex-car. So that a part of the King may live on in your garage from now on, all you have to do now is bid. The auction ends on January 15 at 7:30 p.m. The car, which is being sold with original papers signed by Presley and a 14k gold ignition key, is currently located in Motala, Sweden. Not the closest way, but still a lot closer than Memphis, Tennessee.,
This Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham by singer Elvis Presley is definitely not a "hound dog". The road cruiser from a prominent previous owner is rather a vehicle of the comfortable kind - or it can be again. Some work will be needed to get the Caddy moving again. However, all the effort should be a small price to pay for being able to call Elvis' last car your own.