The 1960s Elvis's Cadillacs
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The Elvis Dream Cadillac was designed by both Elvis and the King of Kustomizers, George Barris in the late 60’s. Regretfully, Elvis passed away before his dream could become reality. In 1986 representatives from the Elvis Presley Cosmetic Company (E. P. Cosmetics) contacted George Barris and The Dream Cadillac was completed. It was insured for $250,000. The car was licensed by and sold to E. P. Cosmetics and as such debuted in promotional events held at The Equestrian Center in Toluca Lake California. The car began a national tour throughout 1987, sponsored by E. P. Cosmetics. They also sponsored a highly popular national sweepstakes contest and the car became its grand prize.
Fans admired its exterior with 40 coats of Gold Pearl paint and swirled gold leaf pinstriping. A look inside showed off the gold-plated steering wheel, gold-plated TV and phone, three gold Elvis 45s imbedded in the soft top cover, and guitar-shaped sunvisors for that extra touch of class!
The Elvis Dream Cadillac was then purchased by Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood, California to extensively tour as a feature in the World of Wheels, Autorama, and Rod & Custom Auto shows throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.
Mattel Inc. released their “Hot Wheels Legends” series collectible, a toy version of the car.
Then, the car was sold and exported to Japan and came back to California in July 2002. In April 2003, the car was for sale on eBay. The highest bid was $50,000 but the car did not sell.
3/4 front from top,another 3/4 front, side-on, close up of EP Cosmetics sign,dash and steering wheel, telephone in rear, TV and sound system, soft top cover with gold records, ID plate,engine,car with custom cover, autographed photo by George Barris.
In September 2004 the car was consigned to "The Garage" in Costa Mesa
California, photo here.
As of February 2005 it was back with Koh Wada, and for sale for
US$38,500. In May 2005 it was listed on Bonham's Auction at San Francisco, as
part of the Barris Motor Car Collection. Estimated sale price was $45,000 to
$55,000 however it did not sell. In February 2006 the car was sold to the
ELVIS-A-RAMA museum in Las Vegas.
In October 2007 it was listed on ebay with a Buy It Now price of $119,000. The vendors were classic car dealers Daniel Schmitt & Co. of 3455 North Lindergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO. The vehicle failed to sell and was subsequently relisted several times at the same price. It eventually sold for $119,000 to a private museum "out west".