One thing you won’t see at the new “Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition — The Show — The Experience,” opening next week at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, is a 1971 Stutz Blackhawk the singer bought.
Presley bought the car on Sept. 8, 1971, and had it delivered to his home on Monavale Street in Beverly Hills the next day. The two-seater features a small jump seat, a split windshield and no rear bumper. The car comes equipped with its original 7.4 liter 455 cu engine and only has 33,000 miles on the odometer.
Other features of this Stutz include automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, tilt steering wheel, Connolly leather seats and dash, Burled walnut trim and wool carpet.
Collectors covet this car, regardless of Presley's ownership, because 1971 was the first and only year Padane built the car by hand in Modena, Italy.
Presley purchased one of only 26 built in 1971 after crashing his first Stutz.
Presley gave the car to Dr. Elias Ghanem, a Las Vegas-based doctor who worked as the house physician at the Las Vegas Hilton, the following year.
Now the car hits the auction block on May 15-16 when Julien’s Auctions holds its Music Icons event in New York at the Hard Rock Cafe. The auction house estimates the car will sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. The winner also gets the registration in Presley's name and photographs of the King getting into the car.
Other items from the “Property from The Life & Career of Elvis Presley” auction include the “TCB” tour bus, Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock” personnel forms, an Elvis signed Louisiana Hayride Contract, and a TLC diamond necklace that he gave to his nurse Letetia Henley Kirk.
Info: Julien's Auctions