The founding father of rock ‘n’ roll loved his cars and had a soft spot for Cadillacs in particular. Big American cars served as inspiration for Elvis before he hit it big, with the musician telling an interviewer: “When I was driving a truck, every time a big shiny car passed by, it made me dream. I always thought that one day, somehow, something was going to change everything for me.
Some sources claim that the king may have owned over 200 caddies during his tragically short life, but it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint an actual number. Even the most detail-oriented biographers of Elvis can’t give a firm estimate of how many Cadillacs Elvis bought, because he didn’t just leave the vehicles parked in his garage or lined up on the Graceland lawn (via Elvis ). Instead, they were regularly given away to friends, family, and even people Elvis only vaguely knew. One person close to Elvis who received a Cadillac was his mother, who received the second Caddy Elvis had ever purchased: a pink 1955 Fleetwood Series 60. Elvis’ mother’s car is on permanent display at Graceland Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and an exact replica can often be spotted at breast cancer awareness events.
Among Elvis’ personal collection was a solid gold 1960 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood limousine. According to Sarant Cadillac, the gold car’s features included a number of notable items, including a stereo and television, a full bar and a few dozen coats of Pearl Dust Diamond paint. Adjusted for inflation, the custom shopping cart would have cost Elvis about half a million dollars in today’s money. It too is now a museum piece and can be seen at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
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