Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood
1955 was a banner year for industry and in particular Cadillac sales with the division delivering a record 140,777 cars. And, at the top of the Cadillac hierarchy were the Series 75 Fleetwood cars.
For 1955, the Cadillac 75 Series underwent no dramatic changes from a styling point of view, just further refinement. Standard on the 75 Series was the V8 250bhp, 331 cubic inch V8 engine, which boasted of a twenty horsepower increase over 1954. The compression ratio had been increased to 9.0:1 and a new manifold fitted. GM’s Hydra-Matic transmission became standard across the Cadillac line and gas mileage was improved, too.
The 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine is very special. In January 1956, an up and coming young rock and roll singer required a large car for transporting himself and his band to music gigs. Perfect for that was a four-door, eight-passenger Fleetwood Cadillac 75 Series Limousine.
Elvis Presley himself purchased chassis no. 557547481. The Cadillac was originally painted in a light blue, but Elvis quickly had it repainted a more appropriate black. Elvis used it to tour throughout the south with his original band members, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana. Reportedly, Elvis and his band would strap their instruments to the roof of the car and drive through the night to make it to the next town where they were going to perform.
There is absolutely no question as to the documentation of the sale of the Cadillac Fleetwood to the illustrious Elvis Presley. There are several photos of Elvis with the vehicle, one outside his home in the summer of 1956, as well as another outside the CBS Studios in Los Angeles moments before his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Also included are the original conditional sales contract and the original 1955 Cadillac Owner’s Manual stating, “Elvis Presley 1034 Audobon Ave. Memphis, Tenn.;” which, it should be noted, is handwritten on the inside back cover. Elvis fans may well recognize this Cadillac as it was on display at the Elvis Presley Museum during the 1990s, before being put on permanent display at the Elvis-a-rama Museum in Las Vegas.
250bhp, 331 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front and rear leaf spring live axle suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 149.8"
Source: RM Auctions