It has been estimated that Elvis Presley bought 200 Cadillacs, mostly as gifts to friends and dramatically often strangers.
Elvis was a total gearhead and enjoyed a wide variety of vehicles in his real life and reel one.
Elvis most iconic car HAS to be the first first one – the pink was a custom factory paint job
Vernon and Gladys Presley – the American Dream – from a two room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi – up through rooming houses in Memphis to Government Assisted low income housing to home ownership.
Audobon Drive in Memphis was still an upper class neighbourhood in 1987 when I sat outside the house; imagining what it was like for the Presleys to have a house with with own private living space and bedrooms. Two cars in the driveway and a flashy motorbike.
Gladys would have been happy for Elvis to stop, get married and set himself up in some sort of business.
Elvis wanted more than to be a radio star…
While in Germany, Elvis was loaned a BMW 507
in his Reel Life, upon returning home from military service – when he wasn’t playing a soldier or mustering out and an hard knock about hustler sort of guy or playboy – Elvis flew planes, raced boats, drove on motorcycles and raced cars!
this 1929 Duesenberg Model J played only a minor role in the Elvis Presley movie
In real life, Elvis bought a
He did not keep it long, it took too long for parts – a year – since they are not factory assembly line interchangeable….
The draw back of extreme precision engineering, eh? Quality or Quantity.
in the 70s, Elvis was the first to own one of these; after convincing the sales manager that him driving one would sell more than the car guy driving it around.
Elvis with his 1971 Stutz Blackhawk production model
his Reel Cars that didn’t race were not exactly shabby
but no matter what Elvis drove the car brand that he is most identified with is the Cadillac.
He owned many of them, from the Pink One to the Gold One that toured Australia instead of Elvis in 1968:
A number of Australian Elvis Presley Fan Clubs were advised in mid 1967 that Elvis’ Gold Cadillac would be coming to Australia and touring as much of the country as possible in the time frame agreed to with RCA Australia…
Elvis Presley Elvis’ Gold Cadillac Tour of Australia 1968.
Elvis had many cars (and motorcycles) apart from Cadillacs. See the pictures below. Details of all of them is beyond the scope of this website as they are covered well in other websites, such as this one. The Examiner has a good 4 part series on A look at Elvis Presley’s personal cars: Part 1 – the…