The King's Caddy on show at Beaulieu

2014-12-17 08:36

LONDON, England -The latest exhibit to go on display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is the 1977 Cadillac Seville owned and driven by the King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley.

The car is in its original original condition and still has its Citizen Band radio installed. The King apparently used it to order food at his home, Graceland, and to ask the guard to open the estate's gates.

One of the first people to see the car at Beaulieu was Lady Fiona Montagu, wife of the museum’s founder Lord Montagu. She's a life-long fan of Presley and posed for a picture beside the car in her own version of Elvis’s famous Las Vegas white jumpsuit.


“I'm a huge fan and had the costume made to wear for an Elvis-themed fund-raiser here at the museum in 2013 to support the Countryside Education Trust.”

The Cadillac Seville V8 a/t was assembled by General Motors; the body was custom-built by Fisher for Cadillac. Its features include power windows and external mirrors and a grey interior with wood accents on the dashboard, doors and steering wheel.

It was previously auctioned in Las Vegas in 1994 and sold for $101 500 - more than a million rands - to a private collector. It again came up for sale in August 2014 when Graceland held its first auction which coincided with Elvis Week at Graceland, an annual remembrance of Presley's death on August 16 1977.

All the items were offered by third-party collectors.

The car is now on display in the National Motor Museum and can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction, www.beaulieu.co.uk

CURTSY TO THE KING: Lady Fiona Montagu takes a bow by the Elvis Caddy. And no, Elvis is NOT in the building. Image: Beaulieu