Elvis Presley’s Cadillac Wagon Going to Auction
In 1972, Elvis Aaron Presley was still “The King.” That year, he played his first shows in New York since the 1950s with four sold out performances at Madison Square Garden, starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning documentary Elvis on Tour, and released three albums.
1972 is also the model year of the Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon that Elvis owned up until his death in 1977, and this particular piece of automotive-and-music history will be one of the lots up for bid at the Mecum Auction Company’s July 26-27 event in Santa Monica, California.
This will be the third time that the ’72 Cadillac Wagon has been up at auction, selling previously in 1999 for $34,500 and again in 2005 for $29,972. According to a letter from Jack Soden, the President of Elvis Enterprises, the car had been a gift to Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, but Presley borrowed the Cadillac so frequently for trips from Las Vegas to Los Angeles that Parker simply told “The King” to take the car back to Graceland.
Elvis Presley’s Cadillac wagon will be one of many celebrity vehicles available at the Mecum auction, including ones previously owned by Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, and even Fred Flintstone. No, seriously.