Elvis Presley siempre tuvo gran pasión por los coches y las pistolas. El primer coche que tuvo era un Lincon Cupé de 1941. Cuando comenzó a ganar dinero le compró a su madre Gladys un reluciente Cadillac rosa, a pesar de que ella no sabía conducir. Fue el único Cadillac, de los más de 100 que compró, que mantuvo a lo largo de su vida y se lo prometió a Lisa Marie para su 18 cumpleaños. Lo primero en que se fijaba de un coche era el diseño y no le importaba lo que costase, ni de que marca fuese, aunque tenía predilección por los coches americanos. Le gustaban los sobre todo los Cadillacs, los Lincons, y también algún Chrysler. Compró unos cuántos automóviles extranjeros, como Rolls-Royce, un Mercedes Benz, dos BMW y un Ferrari, pero la mayoría de sus coches fueron americanos. En ese sentido era muy patriota. Elvis era famoso por comprar varios coches de una vez, y cuando los vendedores le veían entrar en los concesionarios se arremolinaban alrededor suyo como locos. Nunca pidió un descuento, ni siquiera preguntaba el precio. Se limitaba a decir: "Ok, me llevaré ese coche". Y no solo se compraba varios coches para él mismo, sino que además frecuentemente compraba coches que regalaba a amigos, conocidos e incluso a extraños.
- The Cars of the King:
This text was written by Joe Esposito, a member of the inner-circle of Elvis Presley. It was written as an answer to a question on the Collecting online homepage, the web part of the Collecting magazine. Interesting stuff !
As everyone knows, Elvis loved cars. But when it came to the merchandising of souvenirs, he showed little or no interest and really wasn't involved. Elvis had a lot of cars. The first thing that attracted him was the looks of the car. He didn't care if it was a $5,000 car or a $50,000 car or what brand it was, although he was very partial to American-made cars. He really liked Cadillacs and Lincolns, also some Chryslers. We bought a few foreign cars like the Rolls Royce because it was very prestigious and looked great, a Mercedes limousine and a Ferrari, but mostly his cars were American-made. He was very patriotic when it came to that.
This 1977 Cadillac Seville, two-tone burgundy and silver with white leather interior was the last Cadillac
that Elvis owned, and the registration to Elvis' 1977 Cadillac
If Elvis saw a car he liked in the window, he'd stop and buy it. That was basically it. If the dealership was closed and we knew the owner, we'd call and wake him up. We'd say, "Listen, Elvis wants to buy this car." Naturally the guy would meet us there, because if he didn't, Elvis would say, "Well, we'll find someplace else."
Elvis' famous Pink Cadillac 1955
- One of Elvis' Cadillac's from the 70's
Did Elvis bring bags of money? Absolutely not. Elvis never carried cash. Either I would write a check or, if I wasn't there, somebody else would write the check and Elvis would sign it. If we were in Memphis the dealerships would just send the bill to the house at Graceland.
- Regarding the dealers throwing themselves at him, Elvis was famous for buying cars, not just one, and the minute they knew he was coming into the dealership they'd swarm around like mad. Elvis never asked for a discount, never even asked the price. He just said, "OK, I'll take that car." And then one of us would negotiate the price and take it from there.
Elvis Presley's 1964 Cadillac Fleetwood Model 75 Limousine
- When Elvis came to buy cars he bought one for himself and then he'd say, "Hey, I think I should buy some for my friends." And that's how he was. He let them share in his enthusiasm for cars. A lot of times he would turn around and give his away. But the people he bought cars for had them registered and licensed in their names, not his.
- 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark 5
He gave me a lot of new cars, including a brand new Seville and a gorgeous Eldorado convertible. One time he offered me a brand new Rolls Royce, but I turned it down because I didn't want to cause problems in the group. When I sold those cars, I didn't sell them as Elvis collectibles. But I'm sure the Eldorado convertible is out there someplace and I know it's worth a lot of money. But at the time I didn't think of it as a collectible.
- Picture of Elvis' 76 Cadillac Eldorade, auctioned in Nashville,TEN 12/12 1998