Elvis owned a Pontiac, Eldorado, Pantera,
Limousines & Messerschmitt
His mother said, "Elvis has always been crazy about Cadillacs"
Classic American Cars Donated by Elvis
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mother eyed his classic car collection of four Cadillacs,
Limousines, a Messerschmitt sports car and
Harley Davidson motorbike she said, "Elvis has always been crazy about Cadillacs. Why, I
believe he was only nine or ten years old when he learned to
drive. In fact, we learned together."
During the war, she
explained, when Vernon Presley worked in Memphis and they were
alone except for his weekend visits. "If we were to get around
any, it was up to me to do my own driving." "Elvis drove around
the yard first, then when I was ready to venture onto a back
road to practice, I'd drive a mile, then Elvis would drive a
His driving gave his mother one tense moment. "We
were parked facing a store and Elvis mistook forward for
reverse and dropped the clutch. The car shot right up onto the
curb and I thought we were going to go through the store
window. But Elvis kept his head and stopped me just in time".
He gained his next driving experience after the family moved
to Memphis, and went back to Tupelo for visits. Vernon
recalled, "The accelerator of that old
Pontiac we had
was so stiff my foot would get tired, so Elvis would sit in
the middle and feed the gas while I steered." "Elvis
was almost seventeen when he went for his driver's license,"
his mother continued. "He borrowed my brother Travis Smith's
car - that was newer - to take the test and he had no
trouble." His father added, "After that there was no keeping
him away from the wheel. I remember once when we were living
in Lauderdale Court. It was a hot night and everyone was
date was without benefit of a car. "He was 14 years-old, I
guess, and usually he came home from school about three
o'clock. But this day he never showed up. I was that worried I
was crying by the time his father got home." "I went looking
for him," says his father.
"I asked around
until I learned he's walked Bonnie Jean Davis home from
school. That's where I found him, just fixing to sit down to
have supper with the Davis family. It wouldn't have looked
good to break that up, so I went home and told Gladys to quit
crying - he was all right. He was a senior when he
participated in the Road E O and had his picture taken
changing a tyre. When he came home, he told us that he had
lost the race because of his sideburns. He was disappointed;
cause he just didn't like to loose at anything.
purchased his first Cadillac
after his first singled hit
Former manager, Bob
Neil recalled at the time,
"With him playing shows in
all sorts of different
transportation was a
necessity, so I helped him
arrange finance. Nothing
but a Cadillac
would suit Elvis, so we
located a good used one.
The first night he had it
he was so happy he sat up
all night at a hotel-room
window, just looking at
it." That car,
Elvis two near death
Gladys recalls, "I had the
strangest feeling all that
day, and when Bob Neal
came to our door, my knees
I went right from under
me. I said right away,
"Something's happened to
Elvis.'" "Not to Elvis,"
said Bob, "but to the car"
Bob said. Apparently, the
car had caught fire and
the handbrake had dragged.
A truck driver driving
past had noticed and had
blown his horn but Elvis
paid no attention.
During his lifetime Elvis was known to have donated at least 25
vehicles to family, friends and complete strangers. He even paid the Memphis Car Insurance
After another car indicated the same
thing, Elvis realised something was wrong. By that time, the whole
rear of the car was ablaze. A bus stop by and all the passengers tired
to help but there was nothing anyone could do. Elvis fought the fire
until someone pulled him away just before the gas tank blew
up. Hitchhiking to the next town Elvis hired a private plane to take
him on to his show. That day Lady-Luck was on Elvis' side. As the
plane landed a tornado hit the town and tore up most of the other
planes at the airport. Heartbroken Elvis returned to
Memphis. All he could do for days was walk around repeating, "Man I
loved that car."
Elvis replacement car became the now famous pink
Cadillac that he bought for his mother. When on his first
television interview Wink Martindale asked why he had so many cars,
Elvis got bashful and stammered, "You might say cars are my hobby."
In early March, 1955 Elvis had bought his first Cadillac. It
was a pink and white 1954 Cadillac
and provided transportation for Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys for about
three months. The car went up in smoke when a brake lining caught
fire, on the road between Hope and Texarkana, Ark. in June, 1955. Note
the roof racks in the pictures below, they were used to carry the Blue
Moon Boys equipment.
A Mercedes-Benz, once owned by Elvis Presley, was sold by Bonhams on Dec. 7, 2010, at Surrey, England, for £80,700 - US$187,390. Restored to a very high standard, the rare piece of Elvis Presley history attracted a great deal of interest internationally. It ultimately sold to a bidder in Germany.
Elvis' 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon Limousine in powder blue was one of only a handful of cars that the singer registered himself, and one of two 600 Mercedes that he owned. Presley owned the car for two years before gifting it to one of his friends, James Leroy Robertson. The consignor to Bonhams’ sale purchased it in 2005 from Robertson Motors Memphis. At that time, the Elvis Presley fan club attempted to stop the car’s export to the UK, as they considered it a national treasure that should not leave the USA.