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If you’re an Elvis fan, you’ll be delighted to hear that the latest exhibit to go on display at the National Motor Museum at Bealieu is the 1977 Cadillac Seville which was once purchased and driven by the King of Rock and Roll himself – Mr Elvis Presley.
The Cadillac was originally purchase by Elvis in October 1976 for his own personal use and the car remains in its original condition with the CB radio still installed which Elvis used to communicate with the kitchen staff at Graceland and the guard house outside his residency.
Lady Fiona Montagu, wife of the museum’s founder, Lord Montagu, was one of the first people to see the car and after being a life-long fan of the King, she posed for a picture beside the car in her own version of Elvis’ famous Las Vegas white jumpsuit.
Lady Montagu said: “I am a huge fan and had the costume made to wear at an Elvis themed fund raising evening we held in the museum last year in support of our Beaulieu education charity, the Countryside Education Trust.”
The Cadillac Seville V8 Automatic was engineered by General Motors and the body was custom built by Fisher for Cadillac. Features of the car include electronic windows and mirrors and a grey interior with wood grain accents on the dashboard, doors and steering wheel.
The Cadillac Seville V8 was originally auctioned in Las Vegas in 1994 and sold then for the large sum of $104,500 to a private collector. But it came up for sale again in August of this year when Graceland held its very first auction in conjunction with Elvis Week held at Graceland. The event commemorated the singing legend’s death on August 16th 1977.
The car was purchased by Steve Horn as a present for his wife for the sum of $81,250. The couple ate big Elvis fans and run ‘Europe’s Tribute to Elvis’, an annual Europe tribute artist contest held in Blackpool.
The Cadillac was the last car Elvis purchased for his personal use and it was driven by him on the day prior to his death. It is believed that Elvis purchased more than 200 Cadillacs in his life; for himself, friends, family and even strangers.
The car is now on display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. For more information or to arrange a visit this Christmas, visit: www.beaulieu.co.uk.