Elvis’s Mercedes to lead John Staluppi auction in Las Vegas
Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL owned by Elvis Presley among automobiles in John Staluppi Jr Collection headed for Sin City sale this September
Elvis Presley’s former Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL is the headline car in the forthcoming Barrett-Jackson auction of the John Staluppi Jr Collection, set to take place in Las Vegas on September 27-29, 2018.
No fewer than 15 automobiles from the Staluppi Collection will go under the hammer during the 11th Annual Las Vegas Auction at the flashy Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Staluppi is one of America’s most famous car fans, and Barrett-Jackson has sold off parts of his museum-size collection in recent years.
Elvis’s 1971 long-wheelbase 280 SEL, purchased new by ‘The King’ and retained through to his death, headlines the sale – which also includes a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible whose frame-off rotisserie restoration was completed in December 2015.
More great classic car content on AutoClassics!
- Fabled prototype Shelby Mustang discovered!
- Behind the scenes with ‘The King’s’ Rolls-Royce
- Buy a Mercedes like Elvis’s through AutoClassics
The Mercedes has a fuel-injected 169.5ci straight-six engine and is equipped with power brakes, steering and windows, as well as functioning air-conditioning. The car went from Elvis’s garage to a museum, where it has been on display for 40 years. It is accompanied by documentation from the purchase, along with a photograph of the vehicle in front of Graceland, a Memphis mansion owned by Elvis.
In comparison, the Bel Air is powered by a brand-new Chevrolet Performance 430bhp 6.2-litre LS3 engine mated to a 4L65E automatic transmission. It sits atop an Art Morrison chassis with custom adjustable coilover suspension.
The Staluppi Collection will fill several lots, with a mix of modern as well as classic machinery. One such model is a 2017 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, one of just 50 limited-edition Yenkos built last year by Special Vehicle Engineering. It upgrades the original 455bhp LT1 V8 engine to 800bhp and 750lb ft of torque, and only 236 miles have been recorded on the car.
An upgraded 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi, with a fresh hydraulic-roller camshaft, automatic transmission, Hotchkis Total Vehicle Suspension set-up and Wilwood disc brakes joins it in the custom stakes.
Other vehicles headed to the sale include a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible, 1966 Dodge Charger Hemi with automatic transmission and restored 1969 Dodge Super Bee. There’ll also be a Chevrolet Chevelle LS5 and SS custom coupe, both from 1970, and a 2007 Dodge Charger custom convertible.
Find out more about the 11th Annual Las Vegas Auction on Barratt-Jackson’s website here.
Classic Cars for Sale
A stunning and rare piece of Speedway history. The Staride was designed and built by Mike Erskine, who later went on to build Formula 3 (500cc) racing cars at his workshop in Southampton. The Staride featured the 5 stud JAP engine cradled in a hand built Erskine frame, and was a classic and minimalist design that all speedway bikes adhere to, even to this day. This lovely example has a name pla
The most collectable Triumph TR, the short-lived TR5 was a happy accident resulting from Triumph's failure to ready the tooling for the new TR6 body in time. Yet combining the pretty TR4A body with the lusty 150bhp 2. 5-litre fuel injected six cylinder engine for just one year created what for many is the ultimate TR. The combination of their low production numbers (just 1161 UK RHD made) and th
Its ultra-aggressive appearance may at first elicit a "get out of the way" response should you see this 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition on the road, but immediately thereafter, you'll almost certainly want to move in closer for a good look. It's an attention getter for sure and, considering there were only about 750 of its kind made in the first place, not only do you not
The BMW M3 is a legend, no two ways about it. And while there were purists who were upset with BMW for putting a V8 engine in their legendary sports sedan, it turns out that it made for one heck of a car. This 2010 BMW M3 sedan delivers the kind of thrills you used to have to buy a 2-seat supercar to enjoy, while maintaining its daily-driver demeanor. Talk about having your cake and eati