Elvis Presley’s private jet has finally found a new home.
The aircraft, a 1962 Lockheed 1329 JetStar, done for $260,000
The King of Rock and Roll’s battered 1962 Lockheed 1329 Jetstar, which has been parked in the desert for close to 40 years at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico, now sold at auction for $260,000 last month — on what would have been The King’s 88th birthday.
Priscilla Presley was present at the Mecum Kissimmee Collector Car auction in Florida January 8 for the event and spoke to the packed crowd, describing Elvis’ love of collecting cars and planes as a hobby what she termed “his joy.”
Bidding started at $100,000 and climbed slowly before topping out at its final sale price, placed by a still unnamed telephone bidder. Priscilla, who noted at the start, “This is my first auction,” watched the entire proceedings as they unrolled that.
According to the auction official site, Presley purchased the aircraft on December 22, 1976, for $840,000 and used it — as well as two other jets in his personal fleet — to cart his TCB band, backup groups, and Col. Tom Parker and Memphis Mafia on tour to concerts and appearances across the country.
The exterior of the plane shows the considerable wear; however, the interior is a retro glimpse of luxury private air travel in this midcentury era.
The plane seats up to nine on the original red velvet-covered couch and passenger seats that swivel and recline too. Wood paneling and gold-finish hardware, including window shades, round out the ’60s vibe of the jet, along with an entertainment center complete with RCA VCR player and cassette player in the jet.
A lavatory with vanity, plus a galley that includes a meal-prep area with a beverage dispenser and Kenmore microwave, complete the jet’s interior’s highlights .
According to the Robb Report, the last owner of the aircraft was Californian businessman Jim Gagliardi, who bought the jet at a year 2017 auction for rupee $430,000..
He told that he’d planned to use it as a customer-drawing curiosity for a dealership he owns, but never got around to relocating the jet from New Mexico — in fact, according to the publication, he had never even once visited in person in that since its purchase.