Various Elvis Presley’s wonderful vehicles are on show at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. And now archivist Angie Marchese has shared some secrets and techniques regarding The King’s well-known Lincoln Continental. A brand new put up on the official Elvis Instagram web page reads: “Angie is back inside Presley Motors! Angie is here again to tell you about one of Elvis’ cars that has a very cool story behind it.”
The Graceland archivist stated: “Elvis was driving a Lincoln on tour in Miami when the followers discovered him on the resort.
“And they determined they have been going to depart messages on his automobile, which included every thing from utilizing lipstick to pens, to no matter they might discover to scratch messages in.
“So Elvis wakes up the subsequent day, goes out to the automobile and clearly can’t drive it.
“It’s utterly coated in love notes and graffiti from the followers.”
Angie continued: “So he goes to the closest dealership, which occurred to be a Mercury dealership, the place they have been really promoting Continentals.
“Now this was earlier than Lincoln owned the Continental model.
“So Elvis traded in that automobile that had all the messages on it to the dealership for this Continental Mark II. At the time this was probably the most costly vehicles that you could possibly purchase.
“It really price greater than a Rolls Royce, [which were] averag[ing] at about $6000.”
The Graceland archivist stated: “It’s received a very nice story as a result of Elvis buys this automobile, not right here in Memphis, however in Texas.
“He really flies him and his girlfriend on the time, June Juanico, from Memphis to Texas, underneath the identify Clint Reno from Love Me Tender.
“And then buys this automobile in Houston after which drives it again right here to Memphis. There’s a few distinctive issues about that story.
“Firstly, the automobile that he bought was white. And when he introduced it again right here to Memphis, he took it to an area dealership.”
She added: “The rumour is he actually took a handful of grapes smashing them on the hood of the car and said, ‘This is the colour that I want it.’”
“He additionally had some extra-chrome added to it to offer it that little ‘pop’. Like this automobile actually wanted a ‘pop’…
“The day the painter delivered again to him, they are saying that they sprinkled grape cool-aid on the floorboards of the automobile in order that it even smelled like grapes.
“Elvis used this automobile extensively. Probably probably the most well-known footage of him driving via the entrance gate of Graceland in 1957 is him on this automobile with two followers taking images of him. This automobile is a beast!”