Roswell International Air Center is having a clear-out and, like the brainlessly optimistic shite-hoarders that we are, we are drawn to the auction which includes lot L104; A private jet owned by Elvis Presley. Surely some air in the tyres (tires?), some MDF or something to replace those missing and probably-only-decorative control surfaces, peel that ally tape off the windows, find some gauges to fit in those expensive-looking holes in the cockpit dash, oh, and strap on some engines to replace the missing Pratt & Whitneys and I reckon you’d fly straight out of there.

 

The Auctioneers mention the King’s signature on the original paperwork which, I suppose, is worth something to collectors but we’re in it for the chintz. Check the interior – gold (coloured, probably) seatbelt buckles, a plush, velour seating with captains chairs and facilities for his crew to dish out drinks and pharmaceuticals, like JD and Coke, and actual coke. There’s what looks like a video player, a microwave and a tape deck featuring “FULL AUTO REVERSE” which, to any pencil twirling cassette rewinders, must have been a godsend. Up front, the cockpit looks complicated, broken and exciting, all in equal measures. I think a jump pack, a brace of K series bolted-on and some fresh red diesel and Elvis’s jet would fly again.

Elvis owned three planes in his lifetime; A Convair 880 named Lisa Marie, a Lockheed Jetstar named Hound Dog II and this ’62 Lockheed Jetstar which last sold in 2017 for the utterly mental price of $430k. So utterly stupid are we at the prospect at owning this extravagant slice of early ’80s airborne broken-ness that I am reluctant to share the details of the auction as we want it for ourselves. We’ll share the following link only on the basis that if you win it at auction, reader, we ask that you let us have a go on the bog. It’s being sold by Mecum, at the KISSIMMEE 2023 auction, as lot L104, with details online here (all pics courtesy of that website). Before and after pics below.

PS – A polite request to Facebook-based aviation websites – please don’t just lift my text and reproduce it wholesale, again, or we’ll come round and clip your wings. ‘k?

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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