Ride Fit for a King

Die Cast X - - OUT OF THE BOX -

The sec­ond-pro­to­type Stutz Black­hawk was the first ever sold, and the first of four Black­hawks Elvis bought be­fore his death. Ru­mor has it he got into a bid­ding war with an­other iconic singer and avid car col­lec­tor—Frank Si­na­tra. Elvis ul­ti­mately won out by agree­ing to do a pro­mo­tional ap­pear­ance with the car—and shelling out $26,500 bucks! The King’s first Stutz was wrecked just a few months af­ter he bought it but not be­fore the king of cus­tomiz­ers Ge­orge Bar­ris did a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing in­stalling a mo­bile phone in it. The wreck­age was moth­balled for years among Elvis’s pos­ses­sions, but some­time af­ter his death, it was hauled out and re­stored; it now sits on dis­play at Grace­land next to Elvis’s fi­nal Black­hawk: a ’73.

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