The glitz and extravagance of the Strip provide the perfect backdrop for Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 Las Vegas car auction—taking place from September 25 through 27 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center—which will feature three classic automobiles owned or driven by the music legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Two cars connected to the King will be sold during the three-day auction: the red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe he drove in the movie Viva Las Vegas and his own 1967 Cadillac Coupe Deville. The Corvette was originally a competition racer owned by the Corvette dealer Harry Mann, who loaned it to MGM for the race-themed movie. The whereabouts of the car after the film wrapped were unknown until 2011, when it was rediscovered and fully restored.
The second Elvis car, a red Coupe Deville, was purchased by the musician shortly after his marriage to Priscilla Wagner and is nicknamed the “Honeymoon Cadillac” because he was often seen driving it with his new bride.
A black 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Long Wheel Base Saloon that once belonged to the country-music legend Johnny Cash will also be up for bids at the Las Vegas auction. The vehicle was originally given as a gift to Cash by ABC during his three-year stint as the host of the network’s musical variety program The Johnny Cash Show. A testament to the vehicle’s historical provenance, Cash’s initials (JRC) appear in gold on the rear doors.
In addition to the rock-star cars, Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale will see hundreds of other vehicles and pieces of automobilia cross the block, including a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 6000 roadster, a red 1970 Dodge Challenger custom convertible, and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster. (www.barrett-jackson.com)