Elvis Presley’s 1977 Cadillac Seville, the last car he purchased for personal use and the last of more than 200 Cadillacs he bought for himself, friends, family – even strangers – is going on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England.
The King of Rock ’n’ Roll bought the car in October 1976 for personal use and picked out its burgundy-and-silver colors. He also had a CB radio installed so he could communicate with the guard house and the kitchen at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee.
Presley was seen driving the car the day before his death in August 1977. Later, Presley’s father, Vernon, gave the car to Elvis’ girlfriend, Ginger Alden.
The car was sold at auction at Las Vegas in 1994 and was sold again last year at Graceland, where Steve Horn bought it for his wife, Suzannah. The Horns run Europe’s Tribute to Elvis, an annual Elvis impersonator contest held each year in Blackpool, England.
The Cadillac was offered at the Graceland auction by Greg Page, a founding member of The Wiggles, an Australian children’s music group and a well-known collector of Elvis memorabilia.
The Horns have loaned the car to the British museum because, Steve Horn said in a news release, “We wanted to give all of Elvis’ UK fans an opportunity to see his car and Beaulieu is the perfect location. We are delighted they could find a space for it.”
Among the first people to see the car when it arrived at the museum was Lady Fiona Montague, wife of museum founder Lord Montagu.
“I am a huge fan and had a costume made to wear at an Elvis-themed fund-raising evening we held in the museum last year,” she said, donning the outfit again to greet the car’s arrival.