Elvis Presley Mercedes-Benz for Sale

By: Guy Allen, Photography by: Daniel Schmitt & Co

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Mercedes owned by rock legend escapes museum

A 1971 model Mercedes-Benz 280SEL once owned by Elvis Presley has been put on the market, at about 10 times the price you would pay for one from a less famous owner.

Its sale is being handled by classic car dealer Daniel Schmitt & Co in Missouri, USA. According to the company, "The example seen here is a 1971 280SEL top-of-the-line sedan which Elvis also purchased from Robertson's Mercedes-Benz and signed for on December 21, 1970. The car left the factory with code 542 (Dark Red) paint, but that color wasn’t up to the King’s standards. He soon had it repainted in Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic, a color suspiciously similar to that of his Powder Blue 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limo. This example is one of very few cars that Elvis was seen in on a regular basis driving around Memphis.

"After Elvis’ death in 1977, his 280SEL was put on display at a prominent museum where it remained until earlier this year. The vehicle is still equipped with its factory options including air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes, and a Becker Europa radio that is still in working condition. This 280SEL is well documented and comes with copies of the title registration, the original title (both of which bare Elvis’ signature), a copy of the original bill of sale, as well as a photo of the vehicle parked in front of Graceland."

The car is currently listed on the Missouri dealership's website with a "buy it now price" of US$189,900. With good examples of the 280SEL easily found for under US$20,000, what price fame?

 


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