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Elvis Presley’s Private 1962 Lockheed Jet Up For Auction

by SharonKurheg

Elvis Aaron Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Dubbed “The King of Rock and Roll,” the singer/actor was a legendary performer from the  mid-1950s until August, 1977, when he died of a heart attack at the young age of just 42.

Born to loving, working-lass parents, Elvis’ story was one of rags to riches. However once he became famous, he felt comfortable spending his money on high ticket items such as mansions and planes.

Presley owned 3 planes:

  • A Convair 880 (purchased from Delta Air Lines in April, 1975 for $250k) dubbed “Lisa Marie” (named after his only child)
  • “The Hound Dog II,” a Lockheed JetStar executive business jet purchased for $900,000 in September, 1975
  • A second Lockheed JetStar, a JetStar L-1329, “which he purchased for $840,000 in December, 1976 (it’s been said he bought it as a Christmas present to himself)

Follow his death, both “Lisa Marie” and “Hound Dog II” both eventually wound up at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion that’s now owned by his daughter Lisa Marie Presley and is an attraction open to the public.

His third plane, however, was sold to a Saudi Arabian company. It was eventually moved to Roswell International Air Center (ROW) in Roswell, New Mexico, where it’s been stored for decades.

The jet was up for auction in 2017, where it was sold for $430,000. It’s not clear why, but this plane, the only one still in private hands, is now once again up for auction. From Mecum Auctions:

Highlights

  • Purchased by Elvis Presley on December 22, 1976 for $840,000
  • 1 of several private jets owned by Elvis Presley, with two currently on display at Graceland
  • 1 of 202 production JetStar airplanes produced by Lockheed
  • Includes a copy of the Aircraft Security Agreement document signed by Elvis Presley
  • Includes a copy of the Aircraft Bill of Sale documentation
  • Official FAA Blue Ribbon Documents included
  • Aircraft Serial No. 5016
  • FAA Registration No. N-20TF
  • Red exterior with silver accents
  • Custom interior upholstery featuring red velvet and gold-finish hardware
  • Onboard Kenmore microwave
  • Onboard television with RCA VCR player
  • Onboard cassette player
  • Wood cabin paneling and trim including window shades
  • Six passenger chairs with swivel and recline functionality
  • Onboard lavatory with vanity
  • Interior cabin seating for up to nine occupants
  • The P&W engines and many cockpit components have been removed
  • No engines or replacement parts are included with the sale
  • Stored for decades and currently residing at Roswell International Air Center (ROW)
  • The aircraft will require disassembly to be shipped (coordinating assistance available)
  • An incredible restoration opportunity to create an Elvis exhibit for the world to enjoy

This one-of-a-kind plane is going up for auction via Mecum Auctions, in January 2023. It’s not flight worthy at the moment, as the aircraft has been stripped of 4 engines and many of its cockpit components. However it’s an important piece of history for Elvis fans, and could easily become a museum piece, if given the TLC it needs.

Go to Mecum Auctions’ website for more info.

H/T Aerotime.aero, Mecum Auctions

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