Think of Elvis Presley's relationship with automobiles, and your mind is likely to immediately pass on the predilection of the famous singer for Cadillacs and even distribute them as gifts. But if he does not drive big, American luxury cars, Elvis apparently also enjoyed a Mercedes. His 1971 280SEL remains in pristine condition and is currently being sold in St. Louis, Missouri, for $ 139,900. The sedan contains paperwork showing the iconic rock star as the original owner of the vehicle.
Elvis bought the 280SEL on December 21, 1970 for $ 8,764 – the equivalent of $ 54,828 in modern money. The optional air conditioning made Tennessee's hot summer more bearable. The rock star also received the luxury sedan with electric windows and a Becker Europa stereo system. The car originally came in a shade of dark red, but Elvis decided to change it to Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic. The color fits perfectly with the vintage Mercedes.
The purchase of the SEL brought the buyer a four-inch longer wheelbase than the smaller SE model, and they were relatively rare. According to the numbers of Mercedes, he produced 8,350 units of the 280 SEL, compared with 91,051 copies of the 280 SE. The power came from a 2.8-liter straight-six with mechanical fuel injection, which produced 118 hp (118 kilowatts). Elvis Presley 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL "/>
With 80,312 miles on the odometer, Elvis or his entourage apparently well used from the Mercedes before the death of the singer in August 1977 After his death, the sedan was in a museum until 2016 Now there is a chance that the magnificent limousine with celebrity provenance will get a new owner.
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