Elvis Presley. King of Rock. Capable of impregnating a tree just by singing “Love me tender”. If you want to own his Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, run.
Elvis Presley is believed to have owned over 200 Cadillacs during his lifetime, and one of them could be yours now that this 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham has gone on sale in sweden.
And far from being suspicious, the truth is that this Cadillac by Elvis it is the only known car to be registered in the name of the King of Rock, a detail not even reached by the cars in the Elvis museum.
The Fleetwood Brougham was purchased in 1974 (it is a model year 75) and has an 8.2-liter V8 engine. It also has options like five Vogue tires, a sunroof, and a hood-mounted mascot for a total of $12,512 at the time.
Here the main beneficiary was the singer’s doctor, as he gave the car to her in 1976. He then sold it to its current owner in 1985, who in turn sold it in 1990 and bought it back recently.
in four decades Elvis’s Cadillac has traveled 1,725
miles (2,776 km) and according to the seller it is not bad in terms of general condition (only the battery and the circuit breaker are not original), but there are some areas where the passage of time has acted: the steering wheel has cracked and split, for example, and some of the vinyl on the ceiling has peeled off.
Buyers are advised to consider the Cadillac as a “project”, although with a bit of luck it will only be necessary to replace the consumables to get it working again.
But surely you’ll be able to forgive those weaknesses if only for the strength of the velvet upholstery and the license plate.
The sale is auction type and although the minimum price has not yet been reached (at the time of publishing this it goes for 11,500 euros), whoever takes it will also receive a framed 14k gold key, historic photographs of the car and a large tapestry from Elvis’ home in Memphis, Graceland. You know, in case you want to show off the car in all its rock and roll glory.
This article was published in Top Gear by Luis Guisado.