For Sale: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL in St. Louis, Missouri


Vehicle Description

Purchased new by Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee in December 1970

Known to be one of Elvis' favorite cars!

Fully documented with copies of original sale and title paperwork

Still retains Elvis' original license plate

Displayed at a prominent Tennessee museum until earlier this year

Options include:

Air conditioning
Power steering
Power brakes
Power windows
Becker Europa radio (working condition!)

A collector’s dream!

Coming up for public sale for the first time in over a decade, is the chance to own one of “The King’s” personal automobiles that spent time parked in front of Graceland. This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL was purchased new in 1970 in Memphis, Tennessee by Elvis Presley. The “King” of Rock n Roll was no stranger to high-end cars; he owned numerous Cadillacs, BMWs, Rolls-Royces, Lincolns, Ferraris, and a few Mercedes. 

The example seen here is a 1971 280SEL top-of-the-line Sedan which Elvis also purchased from Robertson's Mercedes-Benz and signed for on December 21, 1970. The car left the factory with code 542 (Dark Red) paint, but that color wasn’t up to the “King’s” standards. He soon had it repainted in Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic, a color suspiciously similar to that of his Powder Blue 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limo. This example is one of very few cars that Elvis was seen in on a regular basis driving around Memphis. 

After Elvis’ death in 1977, his 280SEL was put on display at a prominent museum where it remained until earlier this year. The vehicle is still equipped with its factory options including air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes, and a Becker Europa radio that is still in working condition. This 280SEL is well documented and comes with copies of the title registration, the original title (both of which bare Elvis’ signature), a copy of the original Bill of Sale, as well as a photo of the vehicle parked in front of Graceland. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment that you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at (314)291-7000 or for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions that you may have. Buy with confidence.

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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-875744
  • Price:$199,900
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:280SEL
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:80312
  • Stock Number:406504
  • Trim Level:Sedan
  • VIN:10801912073523
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes