“You may have a pink Cadillac, but don’t you be nobody’s fool,” Elvis sang on Baby, Let’s Play House. He did, and he wasn’t. The King amassed a collection of rare cars that would leave many a motorhead drooling with envy.
Not only was Elvis a keen car collector, he was known for his generous automotive gifts he bestowed on friends and family – he bought his mum a famous pink Cadillac and gave some of his other Caddies to backing singers and even his dentist.
He also gave one of his BMW 507s to Bond girl Ursula Andress. The other, which he drove while he was stationed in Germany, has just been unveiled, fully restored to it’s original form and color, as Elvis turned it Porsche red to try and stop girls writing their phone numbers in lipstick on the body paint.
Here we take a look at some of his much-loved automobiles.
Elvis with his first car, 1942 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe, the photo was taken in front of his home at 462 Alabama Avenue in Memphis.
Elvis in a 1955 Messerschmitt KR 200. It was a three-wheeled, two-seated bubble car built by a German aircraft manufacturer. Elvis’s was eventually traded to Guy Lansky of Lansky Brothers in Memphis, in exchange for a three-hour shopping spree.
Elvis and a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado in this shot from Hollywood taken in 1957.
Elvis and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
Elvis sits behind the wheel of a red car, returning home for two weeks after basic training in June of 1958. While deployed in Germany in 1958 during the Vietnam War, Elvis leased a white BMW 507 with a red interior.