If you’re going to dress up as Elvis for Halloween, you should know a little about his personal cars

Elvis 1955 CadillacIf you’re considering going to a Halloween party dressed as Elvis, you owe it to yourself to know a little about the cars he’s owned.   And if you think the King only owned Cadillacs, you’d be wrong.  Why write about Elvis’ automobiles?  Because if you’re a car fanatic like we are, there’s a good chance you’ll find it interesting to study what automobiles another fellow fanatic (one who was a star with the world at his fingertips and virtually unlimited funds) would pick out for himself.  Especially if the time period of purchases takes place during the golden era of the automobile.

 




From the age of twenty in 1955 when the King’s first hit single made him wealthy overnight through his untimely death in 1977, Elvis purchased an untold number of cars for himself, friends, family, and strangers each year.

A rare picture of Elvis and band members with the original pink Cadillac he owned.  This 1954 Fleetwood was the first Cadillac he purchased, and it was lost due to vehicle fire soon after.  He later purchased a 1955 model that was custom painted to match this one.  The '55 is the one he held onto, and the one everyone remembers him by.

A rare picture of Elvis and band members with the original pink Cadillac he owned. This 1954 Fleetwood was the first Cadillac he purchased, and it was lost due to vehicle fire soon after. He later purchased a 1955 model that was custom painted to match this one. The ’55 is the one he held onto, and the one everyone remembers him by.

He preferred buying new cars over older collectibles and usually updated his fleet regularly with the most current models.  Often he gave away his year-old chariots as gifts, other times he’d trade them in on the spur of the moment after passing a dealership displaying something that caught his fancy.  Many a Memphis area dealership owner received a phone call in the middle of the night by Elvis, or one of his associates, that the King was interested in an immediate purchase.  They quickly arrived to complete the sale, for they knew Elvis was a spontaneous buyer – one that was unlikely to return the next day.  If the King appreciated the design, the lines, of an automobile, he didn’t care if it was a $500 Volkswagen or a $50,000 Cadillac – he’d buy it.  My kind of guy.  In writing this article, our interest was in the cars he chose for himself rather than ones he may have bought for others.   It would be seemingly impossible to track down every single vehicle Elvis owned throughout the years, but we’ve made every effort to find pictures of ones that could be documented.

Please give the slideshow a few seconds to queue up initially.  Pictures seen here and many more are visible in higher-resolution form – simply scroll further down below the slide show.  Click on any of the still pictures to open and view them.

 

 

About Sean

Welcome to Classic Cars Today Online! We seek to explore the subject of classic vehicles from the 1950s through today. It is our belief that a car needn't be old to be respected and admired for graceful design, historical significance, and future value. As founder and Editor-In-Chief, I welcome contributions from you about your own car-related interests and ownership experiences. As far as myself, I've worked in the automotive service field and have been a contributor to Autoweek Magazine, The Star, Mercedes Enthusiast Magazine, Examiner.com and more. Currently, I'm a copywriter and own several foreign and domestic classic cars. In my spare time, you'll find me serving as Technical Editor and officer of several car clubs, being a concours car show judge, and meeting some great folks around the tri-state NY / NJ / Pennsylvania area at car shows. - Sean Connor
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  • Nathan Randall

    This is an amazing article. I’ve been an elvis fanatic for 20 years and I’ve never seen such a complete list of his cars. And the attention to detail is exquisite. Many of the pictures are rare, some of them I’ve never seen before. Great article