Rock and Rolls! Elvis Presley’s former LIMO set to sell for £180,000

July 21, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

An Elvis Presley fan could become the King of Rock and Rolls after the singer’s old limousine was put up for sale.

The musical icon bought the Rolls-Royce Phantom V brand new in 1963 and had it sent to British coachbuilder James Young.

It was fitted with a Blaupunkt Koln radio, telephone, parking and flashing lights, electric windows to all doors, a microphone and air conditioning.

Elvis's former Rolls Royce limo which is set to sell for more than £180,000

Elvis’s former Rolls Royce limo which is set to sell for more than £180,000

The centre rear armrest featured a writing pad, mirror and clothes brush while a fitted cabinet contained cut glass decanters and crystal glasses.

Under the bonnet was a 6.2-litre, V8 engine which gave the 2.6-ton car 200bhp and a top speed of around 100mph.

Elvis, then a 28-year-old global sensation, had the 20-foot long car shipped out to his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, where he entertained the likes of The Beatles.

The car was initially midnight blue, but Elvis was forced to have it re-painted a lighter silver blue because his mum’s chickens would repeatedly peck at their reflections when he visited her.

Memphis’s most famous son held on to the Rolls-Royce for five years before donating it to charity, where it sold for $35,000.

It then disappeared for the next 20 years until it was bought by its current owner at a memorabilia auction in London.

They have kept it in a private museum and used it sparingly, with the car regularly maintained by English Rolls-Royce restorers Frank Dale and Stepsons. .

The car will go under the hammer next month at Bonhams’ sale in The Quail, California and is expected to sell for between £120,000 and £180,000.

Bonhams yesterday described the Rolls-Royce as “one of the more significant Phantom V’s to have come up for sale in recent years”.

The auction house added: “It is a most interesting model of this highly desirable motorcar complete with undisputed Elvis provenance

“It is offered with copy of its original chassis card confirming the original owner as well as his exacting specifications.

“This important and significant Rolls-Royce Phantom V, with its undisputed place in pop culture history, will surely be jewel in the crown for any Elvis collector.”

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