Barrett-Jackson car auctions will bring the excitement of Rock-n-Roll to the auction block during its Las Vegas auction Sept. 25 – 27, at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. The predominantly No Reserve auction will include Elvis Presley’s ’67 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and the ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe made famous in “Viva Las Vegas”, along with Johnny Cash’s ’70 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
“Las Vegas has a deep connection to many of the most celebrated rock-n-roll legends of our time,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s only fitting that we have a few of the cars from the biggest names in the music industry represented on our Vegas auction block.”
Also known as “The Honeymoon Cadillac”, the red Cadillac Coupe de Ville was purchased by Elvis Presley on September 15, 1967. The music legend and his wife, Priscilla, were often seen driving it around Memphis and to his Circle G Ranch shortly after they were married.
Originally owned by Harry Mann, the largest Corvette dealer in America in the 1960s, and driven by Gary Pickens, the Split Window Corvette was raced throughout California in 1963. MGM rented the car for the filming of the feature film “Viva Las Vegas” starring Elvis Presley. The producers needed real race cars for the movie’s climactic racing, which features famous spinout.That is when the car received the only racing damage of its career, hitting the rear clip without damaging the frame or any other fiberglass.
Originally ordered and purchased by ABC Television Network as a gift for Johnny Cash, this ’70 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow includes “build to order” specifications with factory provided “JRC” initials in gold on the rear doors, Tennessee registration, Schoellkopf Card and published references to Johnny Cash ownership. The Rolls was purchased from Johnny Cash in 1985-1986 and has been in private ownership since.