"While I was driving a truck, every time a big shiny car drove by it started me sort of day-dreaming. I always felt that someday, somehow, something would happen to change everything for me. I would daydream about how it would be." - Elvis Presley

The 1970s Elvis's Cadillacs

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1974 Cadillac Station Wagon

Elvis bought this new at Madison Cadillac on September 26th 1974 (VIN# 6D49R4Q223406), the same day he bought 4 other cars and gave them away. It is probably an American Sunroof Company conversion from a 4 door sedan and cost almost $17,500. Apparently it was sold to Jack Self Motors in Birmingham, AL. less than a year later in July 1975.

This custom-built Station Wagon Cadillac was auctioned on September 18, 1977 at the Harpeth Hall Car Auction. At that time, the custom-built Cadillac only had 4,800 miles. Two days later, the Tennessean was reporting that the car failed to sell because only reached $17,500. The owner Fred Williams of Birmingham, AL was going to keep the car for now.

Apparently the car was finally sold for $50,000 in November 1977 . Then, the car was out of the public's eye until recently. R&H Motor Car Group was offering this car for sale for $39,999.

The years have been quite good to the body. The paint had faded and there was some rust under the pink vinyl top, so the decision was made around 20 years ago to paint the entire car. We have pictures of the teardown and process, and it was just about a complete bare metal job. There is some ghosting on the edges of the panels from buffing the paint thin but it shows well. Everything else bolted to the body appears original down to the vinyl top, which was very carefully peeled back and reused.

Inside, the car is 100% stock tan leather, and it's in great shape. The seats show no real wear and the carpets are clean. It looks just like an 8000 original mile car should. The gauges all work as does the radio and all of the windows. It's a time capsule.

Under the hood is a massive 472ci V8 which makes a pile of torque while running nearly silently. It's exactly the right motor for such a large car, and it's also nearly all original.

The car is currently at the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois.

Volo Auto Museum

(c) My Car Story with Lou Costabile


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