Elvis's Private Jet Is For Sale And It Hasn't Been Touched In 50 Years, The Inside Is Amazing
LifeAspire Staff 6/6/2017
It's hard to imagine that anything relating to the King of Rock and Roll still remains untouched, but somewhere on a lonely tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico, sits a private jet belonging to the late Elvis Presley, and it went on sale not too long ago!
This Lockheed Jetstar Jet is one of only 204 such aircrafts manufactured in partnership between Lockheed and Jetstar in the years 1957 to 1978. While that might be rare as it is, the fact that this one belonged to Elvis, adds just a tad more to its value.
It is believed that Elvis bought the plane in 1962 and quickly got down to designing the interior. The bright red color of the outside matches the plush red velvet seats and carpets inside, though both have faded over time!
Additionally, the gold-tone hardware, the woodwork, and the inlay were all said to be custom designed by Elvis. Bought in partnership with his father, Vernon Presley, the jet, in its hay day, represented all the luxury money could buy.
The jet was pretty much abandoned in New Mexico after Elvis's death in 1977 which is where it still sits. It has been owned by a private collector for the last 35 years and happens to be the only private jet of the celebrity that isn't owned by a museum.
Interested parties should note however that the jet has not been used for several decades and comes without engines. The cockpit also has not been restored since its making back in the 60s. As noted before, the once bright red of the outside and inside have also shown signs of fading and aging.
Despite of its condition, or rather, in spite of it, the jet has become an unintentional time capsule representing that taste and times of the most celebrated musical celebrity out there.
Sources claim that once restored, the jet has the potential of luring thousands of tourists each year who can't seem to get enough of their beloved Elvis Presley.
Although beware that once purchased, the jet will have to be completely dismantled for shipping before it is lovingly put together again after some considerable TLC.
The auction for the private jet started at a very reasonable $10,000 but it's no surprise that the bids quickly trickled in, driving the final sales price to $430,000. It might sound like a pretty expensive item given that it doesn't really work, but with an estimated value somewhere between $2 million and $3.5 million, someone has just gotten themselves a pretty good investment.
Over the years, countless Elvis Presley memorabilia has sold for crazy amounts of money. For instance, his 10 carat gold diamond ring worth about $16,000 fetched over $107,000. The Penguin Suit which Elvis designed himself and gifted it to a friend later, sold in 2015 for a mere $121,875.
Comparatively, let's just say that the private jet, even though it doesn't quite fly anymore, seems like a much cheaper buy!
Sources: Live Auctioneers, Just Collecting, Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, Image Source: Live Auctioneers