Elvis Loved To Give Away Cadillacs

One of the pink Cadillacs that Elvis owned parked in front of Graceland.

Elvis Presley spent a lot of money on himself by buying Cadillacs, but also gave a lot of Cadillacs, to band members, bodyguards, his doctor and complete strangers.

One of my favorite stories is when Elvis was watching a story, on the local NBC station in Denver Colorado, about him gaving away cars, and the anchorman Don Kinney mentioned, that if Elvis was watching he wanted a new car too. The next morning a blue Cadillac Seville was delivered to the station to Kenney.

He gave many cars to Charlie Hodge the band member, who handed Elvis scarves during the concerts,because he would give a car Hodge was driving to someone, and then buy him another one, since Hodge lived at Graceland until the day Elvis died.

Elvis gave Mary Jenkins his maid and cook six cars including three Cadillacs. He also gave his dentist and jeweler cars.

One car dealer honored him, by giving him a plaque for being the World’s Best Car Buyer, with the names of 31 people he had given cars to.

I think it is safe to say that no other entertainer was as generous as Elvis Presley. I don’t think any other entertainer bought 14 Cadillacs for $140,000, in one trip to an auto dealer like Elvis did two years before his death. $140,000 today might buy 3 or 4 Cadillacs.

This website has more details about the generosity of Elvis when it came to giving away cars:



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

11 thoughts on “Elvis Loved To Give Away Cadillacs”

  1. Elvis was a generous soul. Came from poor, poor, poor, and didn’t mind sharing his wealth when he became mega rich. You don’t see that too often these days.

  2. Greetings from London

    What LEGEND of a very decent man.
    Can you imagine what a better world it would be if the lucky entertainers of today would be half as generous as the KING?
    Think about it.

  3. I Remember All Of Them In The 70s……..Made A lot of trips to Madison Cadillac Down on Union.Also Shilling Lincoln -Merc. and Sid Carroll Pontiac..For Grand Prixs. back then, All on Union Ave….Miss Those Days……

    1. I also Found The Yellow Pantera For Elvis Back Then……I found It At Lyle Brothers On Union Ave. Just Up The Street from Madison Cadillac……This Was One Of The Cars He Shot….

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