Photos from Mecum AuctionsNext month, Elvis Presley's 1962 Lockheed 1329 JetStar will go up for auction. The aircraft will be auctioned off by Mecum in Kissimmee, Jan. 4-15.
According to Mecum, the plane was purchased by Elvis Presley on Dec. 22, 1976, for $840,000, or $4.4 million today. The aircraft was one of many owned by Presley, like his Convair 880 named "Lisa Marie" or "Hound Dog 1" and his other JetStar with the call sign "Hound Dog 2". The King and others in the "Memphis Mafia" used the jet, like Tom Parker and the TCB band, said a story from Robb Report.
The red and silver jet features custom interior upholstery with red velvet and gold-finish hardware. Onboard there is a Kenmore microwave, a television with an RCA VCR, a cassette player and a lav with a vanity. According to Mecum, the Pandamp;W engines and many of the cockpit components have been removed. Since there is no engine, the plane will be disassembled before shipping.
The plane has been stored at Roswell International Air Center (ROW) since it was purchased by a Saudi Arabian company and moved there for storage. The unique aircraft has a copy of the Aircraft Safety Agreement document, signed by Presley, as well as a copy of the Aircraft Bill of Sale and Official FAA Blue Ribbon documents. As an aircraft without an engine, this plane would be an opportunity to restore and exhibit a piece of the late rock and roll king's life.
Lockheed released this model the same month "Jailhouse Rock" came out. Mecum said that the plane had four engines with two pods mounted at the rear of the fuselage. With a max speed of 565 mph and a range of upwards of 2,500 miles, this plane could take the King to all of his shows and appearances. The red velvet interior and gold accents were fit for the King.This unique piece of rock and roll history will be up for auction next month.Check out the auction page from Mecum HERE.