If you are a fan of rock ‘n’ roll, then Elvis Presley surely would have your heart. And what if we told you that the icon’s private jet found in the New Mexico desert, could be yours next month? Mecum auctions are holding an auction in January where Elvis Presley’s private jet — 1962 Lockheed 1329 JetStar — is going up for auction.
In 1976, Presley bought the red-and-silver-liveried JetStar, which was considered the jet of choice for celebrities and CEOs, for $4.4 million. Presley bought the jet a year before his death in 1977.
A peek into it’s design
Its red exterior has silver accents. The jet has room for nine passengers and three crew members. On the inside, the private jet has plush red velvet-covered seats that swivel and recline. The interiors are further accentuated with wood panelling including window shades. It also comes equipped with an entertainment centre complete with an RCA VCR player and cassette player.
The worn-down aircraft has never been restored and will need a new engine and cockpit before it can ever hope to fly again. Elvis Presley’s private jet could reach a maximum speed of 565 mph with a fuel range of 2,500 miles. Mecum is offering coordination assistance for whoever buys this piece of music and aviation history since it will need to be taken apart before shipping. Its pieces will arrive with paperwork in tow, including copies of the Aircraft Security Agreement document signed by Presley, its Aircraft Bill of Sale, and Official FAA Blue Ribbon documents. However, the company hasn’t publicized the estimated price of the jet as yet.
Presley also owned several jets during his lifetime. These included the JetStar and the singer’s Convair 880 passenger plane. The latter was named after his daughter Lisa Marie and has its own living room, conference room, and private bedroom.