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Monday, 7 September 2015

Elvis's 1972 Cadillac for sale



It's not every day you have the opportunity to purchase a piece of a star's past. But the hefty wagon once owned by the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself is now parked up on a forecourt awaiting a new owner.

We all remember Presley's infamous quote – "Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine" – and truer words have never been spoken. In his lifetime, Presley was also known as the King of Cadillac when, by 1977, the then 42-year-old singer had purchased more than 100 models.

Presley's impressive collection included his iconic pink Fleetwood and the infamous gold El Darado, which inspired Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, Presley's favourite car was a little more modest.
 
Nearing the end of his life, Presley's wheels of choice belonged to this 1972 Cadillac DeVille Longroof, which was custom made to the rock star's taste. If you hadn't noticed, this wagon sits on 24k gold wheels.
 
Only two examples were ever made by Caddy, with its twin belonging to Dean Martin. Sadly, Martin's is now lost in history, leaving Presley's model to inherit the 'one of a kind' status.

This particular car was modified to ferry the star's friends around, not forgetting his luggage, and he drove it cross-country from Las Vegas to his Graceland mansion in 1977. Little did he know that would be the last road trip he would embark upon.

Since his death, the Caddy has been stored at the Elvis Presley Museum (which the car is still titled to). But now, the Longroof can be found in the parking lot of its original home in Southern California, and is listed on Hemmings for $1,500,000 (£98,2736).

Long live the King!

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