From Vegas with Love, Elvis's Private Jet is up for sale!
Lockheed introduced the JetStar in 1957, the same year Elvis released “Jailhouse Rock,” and eventually built 203 aircraft at its facility in Marietta, Georgia. Elvis sold the jet after owning it for just over year and it ended up with a Saudi Arabian company. It was eventually moved to the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico, where it has been stored for decades.
Unfortunately, it won’t be a matter of just turning on the engines and flying out. The engines and most of the cockpit equipment were removed. Mecum’s Kissimmee auction listing says the JetStar will require disassembly in order to be shipped. The company has high hopes someone will restore it as a “unique Elvis exhibit for the world to enjoy.” A previous auction last August failed to find a buyer for the jet, which had a minimum starting bid of $100,000.
One of the private jets previously owned by Elvis Presley is now up for auction.
The plane is currently sitting at a boneyard in Roswell, New Mexico, where it’s been in storage for more than 35 years.
But buyer beware. The 56-year-old plane needs some work, unrestored and unaltered since Elvis last owned it. The touches added by Elvis include gold-tone hardware, custom woodwork and inlays, red velvet seats and red shag carpet.
Pictures on the IronPlanet auction site show significant deterioration to the plane. Even the notes on the accompanying the auction page warn: “Missing items: Engines & cockpit components.” The plane is being sold “as is.”
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