Elvis Presley and His Cars
When you think of Elvis Presley, you might imagine him shaking his hips on the Ed Sullivan Show. You might think of the studded white jumpsuits he wore in the 1970s. You might even think of his thick, black hair in the full, yet messy pompadour style that accented his pouting lips perfectly. You also might think about his home, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. What you might not think about is his extensive collection of automobiles.
If you do think of Elvis and cars, you probably associate him with Cadillacs and only Cadillacs. Yes, Elvis was known for owning and driving pink Cadillacs, but he owned several other cars during his time as the King of Rock and Roll in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He did own at least two pink Cadillacs, and he gave one to his mother. He had a several other prized cars that continue to draw crowds today.
The cars that he considered to be his most prized were the Stutz Blackhawks from the early 1970s. He had to have the cars sent directly from Italy, which made him the first American to own the luxurious auto. One of the Blackhawks he purchased was so luxurious it had 18-karat gold plated trim, Other owners from the same time period included Lucille Ball, Johnny Cash, and Paul McCartney, which proved how spectacular the Stutz Blackhawk was in its prime.
Along with the Stutz, Presley also owned a few other exotic European autos, but not until the 1970s. He did own a Ferrari and a Pantera. These were the last two European cars he bought, but the final car that he purchased was a 1977 Cadillac Seville.
One of the most unique cars he purchased was the Lincoln Mark II. He loved driving the car and drove daily after purchasing it in Miami at the close of his tour in 1956. Once his tour was complete, he drove the car to New Orleans from Miami to film King Creole. Previous to owning the pretty white-on-white Lincoln Mark II, Presley drove a different Lincoln, but chose to stop driving it because his groupies painted all over it in lipstick – which is reason that only Elvis could give.
Today, the Lincoln Mark II and many of Presley’s other cars remain on permanent display in the Graceland Museum. They occasionally make it out to special venues when the timing and location have some relevant history with the man and the motors.