The 1970s Elvis's Cadillacs
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Costing $14,409, this was Elvis's last "Vacation Car," and was kept in Denver, Colorado. Elvis would fly into Denver and drive the car to Aspen or other resorts. It has been modified for Elvis with added grille fog lamps, gold covered wheel covers, the initials "TCB" (Taking Care of Business) on the doors, and a radio and TV in the back. After Elvis's death, the car was sold to a trio of Jackson, Tennessee businessmen who insured it for $1 million and took it on a nationwide tour. In April 1988 it became part of the Imperial Palace car collection in Las Vegas.
In June 2001 this vehicle was auctioned by Kruse International on eBay Motors. Bidding went as high as $75,100 but did not meet the reserve price. Here is the text and photos from that online auction:
VIN # 6L47S6Q181197, Exterior Blue, Interior Blue Leather (original), Engine V8 (original), Automatic Transmission, Odometer Reading 11,460 Actual Miles, Gold Hubcaps, Radial Tires, AM/FM/8 Track, Factory Air Conditioning, Clock, Matching Numbers, Power Brakes, Power Locks, Power Seats, Power Steering, Power Windows, Seat Belts, Television, Rear
Cup-holder, Sunroof, TV, Phone, CB.
This was the last vacation car owned by Elvis Presley and was used by the King on vacation in Denver and Vail! The TCB Taking Care of Business logo is on both sides of the car - Elvis' signature logo! This rare Elvis car has all documentation which goes with the car. Currently the vehicle is in a private museum.
There is an affidavit from the policemen who served as Elvis Presley's bodyguards during the vacation dated Oct. 24, 1979. This paper states that Elvis Presley bought this Eldorado on January 14, 1976, used the vehicle for vacation, then gave the vehicle to one of the policemen. Elvis personally selected the car - a copy of the check he wrote to the dealership goes with the car. Elvis extended his personal relationship with the bodyguards by flying them out to Memphis for a tour of his private quarters at Graceland.
Buy today - you can relive the Colorado vacation in the same vehicle once owned by the King of Rock-n-Roll. Pop on your shades and paint on your sideburns - get ready to outrun the paparazzi in one of the gems of the Kings crown! Elvis has been sighted…this could be you! Car is individually owned and titled in Nevada.
In 2002 the car was on display during the Del Mar Fair in San Diego, CA and given away during a drawing for charity. Pictures of the car from that fair:
In 2004, this beautiful Cadillac was auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. The car was sold for $27,500. The lot description was:
Lot #635 - Originally owned by Elvis Presley costing $14,409 in 1976, this was Elvis Presley's last "Vacation Car," and it was kept in Denver, Colorado. It was modified for Elvis with added grille fog lamps, gold covered wheel covers, and his trademark initials "TCB" (Taking Care of Business) on the doors, including a telephone in the front and portable TV in the back. After Elvis's death, the car was sold and taken on a nationwide tour. In April 1988 it became part of the Imperial Palace car collection in Las Vegas. Odometer reading is 11,720 actual miles with matching numbers. This rare Elvis car has the following documentation/items, which will remain with the vehicle: Copy of notarized affidavit, dated January 18, 1980, from the policeman who served as Elvis Presley"s bodyguards during his Colorado vacations. This document states that Elvis Presley bought this Eldorado on January 14, 1976. A copy of the check Elvis personally wrote to the dealership goes with the car. Copy of letter from R.L. Antonio, General Manager, for Jack Kent Cadillac, dated September 27, 1977, stating that Elvis A. Presley purchased the car. Copy of appraisal dated July 10, 2002, that confirms the legitimacy of the vehicle and it's estimated market value. The current owner completed necessary maintenance to the vehicle without disturbing the original condition of this rare automobile. New tires were placed on the car. However, the original tires will remain with the vehicle.