When he wasn’t under the bright lights of a Las Vegas stage, chances are Elvis Presley was behind the wheel of one of his cars. An avowed car connoisseur, Elvis owned more than 100 in his lifetime, some of which are on display at Graceland.
One of these vehicles, his 1967 Lincoln Continental limousine, sold on Aug. 17 at Mecum Auctions in California for $165,000 — dust and all, as its state of disrepair did not make it look like something fit for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Mecum said Elvis’ manager, “Colonel” Tom Parker, gave him the Lincoln as a wedding gift when he married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. In Los Angeles, where the couple had a second home, it served as something of a royal carriage for the Presley family, who also included young daughter, Lisa Marie.
The whereabouts of the limo had been unknown for many decades, until it was discovered in the private collection of James Petrozzini in the 1980s. According to Mecum, Petrozzini enjoyed picking up his son and friends from school in this limo while wearing a chauffeur’s hat and white gloves; he also drove it to impress clients when transporting them to and from the airport.
Even though Elvis died more than 42 years ago, the market for Elvis-related memorabilia remains solid. Here are some other items that have been selling this summer :