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.

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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.

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