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The King's Classics on Display at Graceland

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On: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 11:22AM | By: Gary P Garry

The King's Classics on Display at Graceland

There are mere mortals, and then there is the King. Elvis Presley was larger than life while he was living, and he is an American icon to this day.

Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and the town will always be associated with the legendary King of Rock and Roll. He lived in Tupelo until his family headed to Memphis when he became a teenager, and he was on the Sun Records radar by the time he was nineteen. The rest, as they say, is history.

You hear a lot of stories about Elvis and cars that we would consider to be classics today. Cadillacs were his thing in the early days. His first Caddy was a pink 1954 Fleetwood Series 60.

That car wound up getting consumed by a fire not too long after he bought it, but not to be deterred, he bought a 1955 version of the same car in pink. He famously gave the car to his mother Gladys, but she never drove it, because she didn't have a license.

Elvis bought the mansion that we call Graceland in 1957 when he was just 22 years of age. He paid out $102,500 for the stately home that sits on 14 acres in Memphis. In 2006 the property was designated as a National Historic Landmark, and it attracts well over a half million visitors a year.

Music fans are certainly going to want to make the pilgrimage to Graceland, but it is also a great destination for classic car fans. The Graceland property contains the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. You can see numerous vehicles owned by Presley at the museum, including the famous pink Cadillac.

In addition to the pink Caddy you can see some Harley-Davidson motorcycles that Elvis rode, a '56 Eldorado rag top, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a classic Stutz Blackhawk, and many others.

Where else can you visit a piece of property that was once owned by an American music legend as you simultaneously indulge your love of classic cars?

Plus, this is just one thing to do in Memphis. Outside of Graceland you have Memphis barbecue, and you have deeply rooted southern hospitality that will embrace you every step of the way.

Oh, and did I mention Beale Street? There is some partying to be done in Memphis, and the blues are bouncing off the walls. Elvis isn't the only King in Memphis. B.B. King's Blues Club is beckoning after you get your Graceland on, so what are you waiting for?

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