Elvis Loved To Give Away Cadillacs

09 Aug

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:



11 responses to “Elvis Loved To Give Away Cadillacs

  1. Ms. "V" Victoria Thomas Poller

    January 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

  2. Debrina

    March 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    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.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      March 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Debrina, You made a great point. Elvis grew up poor, so he knew what it was like and loved to give to the less fortunate.

  3. Joseph

    June 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    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.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      June 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Joseph, I agree 100 percent. Elvis may be one of the most generous entertainers of all time.

  4. Doc Livingston

    November 13, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    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……

    • Andrew Godfrey

      November 13, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      Doc, Thanks for sharing your experiences back in the days when Elvis was giving away Cadillacs and other cars.

      • Doc Livingston

        November 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

        That Was Many Moons Ago ……. Memories ……

  5. Andrew Godfrey

    November 13, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    I saw Elvis in concert in March of 1977, and he went into hospital after the concert. He died less than 5 months later.

    • Doc Livingston

      December 24, 2015 at 1:48 AM

      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….

      • Andrew Godfrey

        December 24, 2015 at 9:59 AM

        Doc, Thanks for for sharing your story, about finding a car for Elvis.


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