Lot 67
1957 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan de Ville


The 'Elvis Presley' Cadillac

CHASSIS NO: 5762037142

• Verified by signed and notarized letters by family members to have been owned by Elvis
• Outstanding and detailed rotisserie restoration by professionals
• Painstaking interior restoration and stunning ‘50s colors
• Own a piece of Elvis history; accompanied by documents

365 cid V-8 engine, 300 HP, four-barrel carburetor, four-speed GM Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, four-link rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"

As America’s premier luxury-car manufacturer, albeit with worthy challenges from Lincoln and Packard, Cadillac virtually ruled its market through the 1950s. Benefiting from industry-leading engineering, Cadillac’s Motorama concept cars and showroom models also previewed the advanced “Jet Age” designs flooding out of the GM styling studios under the direction of Harley Earl and his eventual handpicked successor, Bill Mitchell. For 1957, Cadillac updated its model lines with newly redesigned bodies on a new tubular X-frame chassis along several wheelbase lengths. Up front, the “Dagmar” style, bullet-shaped bumper impact guards for the boldly shaped, upward-slanting bumpers were now fitted with cone-shaped black rubber tips and would return for 1958. To the rear, taller and longer blade-like tailfins called “Scimitars” evoking images of fast jet aircraft were another notable new feature for 1957, slanted forward to provide the visual illusion of a shorter overall vehicle length on all Cadillac models except the three-model Eldorado line. Wide, egg-crate grilles reflected the latest designs from Italy’s renowned custom coachbuilders.

Cadillac’s Series 62 models were the GM division’s best sellers, comprising seven body styles and including the Eldorado Biarritz and Seville, plus the upscale Coupe de Ville and Sedan de Ville. Designated Style 6239DX, the Sedan de Ville featured up-to-the-minute hardtop design and flair with the practicality of a four-door model. Interiors were finished in striking and decidedly modern combinations of cloth and leather upholstery. Priced from $5,188 – slightly more than the two-door Coupe de Ville, the Sedan de Ville was a strong seller with 23,808 produced.

With its renowned styling, elite presence and advanced engineering, it is no surprise that wealthy buyers and the top entertainers of the 1950s purchased a 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville. According to notarized affidavits on file from two of his relatives, Elvis Presley – the iconic King of Rock ‘n Roll – was among them. Statements confirming the vehicle’s provenance are on file from Graceland insiders Charlene Presley and Patsy Andersen-Presley, the wife of Elvis’ first cousin Jerry Presley and a staff member for Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland with roles over her 22-year career there including Fan Relations Director, Communications Manager and Archives Manager. Subsequent known history includes display for over 20 years at the Fantastic Museum in Redmond Oregon, when the car was owned by former Major League Baseball player and L.A. Dodgers team member, Bruce Buseman of Gardner, Oregon.

The Cadillac was next owned by Bill and Linda Kinard, the last surviving board members of the Museum, who inherited the car from Buseman’s estate. The Kinard’s then commissioned a total rotisserie restoration that was clearly performed by professionals with great care and at great expense. Finished in two-tone Mountain Laurel with a black roof, the Sedan de Ville is handsomely complemented by re-plated chrome and trim and a professionally installed interior. In addition to its 300-horsepower 365 cubic-inch V-8 engine, features include a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, air-conditioning, power-assisted brakes, power front seat, power steering and power windows, plus the fascinating Autronic Eye automatic headlamp dimmer. Steel wheels, full hubcaps and whitewall tires round out this beautiful Cadillac. In addition to the aforementioned notarized statements executed by Charlene Presley and Patsy Andersen-Presley, this 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan de Ville is accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity issued 08-16-96 by the then-Curator of the Fantastic Museum, a copy of a magazine article covering Elvis’ well-known penchant for Cadillacs, and a video on CD/DVD. Cadillacs of the ‘50s represent an era of flair, larger-than-life automobiles and the beginning of the modern age of entertainment. Elvis is one of the most famous and influential legends of all time and the opportunity to acquire a piece of Elvis history is not to be missed.

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