In mid-Could, Jay Leno invited Blake Shelton to drive a green-and-white 1967 GMC pickup truck. Just a little greater than Three minutes into the episode of Jay Leno’s Storage, Leno pulls paperwork out of the glovebox and informs Shelton that the truck he’s driving as soon as was owned by Elvis Presley.
“Elvis didn’t drive a truck,” Shelton responded.
“At his Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake, Mississippi… that is the one he would drive round his ranch,” Leno retorts. “So, you’re sitting the place the King sat.”
“Now I’m getting nervous,” Shelton mentioned, and nearly instantly he runs a pink gentle.
That very truck, now with Leno and Shelton’s autographs on the dashboard in addition to the Presley documentation, will probably be provided for bidding July 25 at GAA’s collector car auction in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Based on that documentation, Presley purchased three new ’67 GMC pickups from Man Caldwell Motors in Senatobia, Mississippi, on February 8, 1967, to make use of at his ranch. One truck was pink, one was blue and one was inexperienced, and reportedly was the one Elvis favored to drive.
Just a little greater than a yr later, the truck was offered to a seller in Maryland. Because the story goes, Presley despatched ranch staffers out of state within the truck to haul dwelling a horse he’d bought. Whereas on the journey, the truck broke down, so Presley mentioned to promote it and purchase one other to carry dwelling his horse.
The Maryland seller reportedly offered the truck to his head mechanic, who repaired it and used it for a number of years earlier than promoting it a person named Richards who lived in Pensacola, Florida.
In 1986, the truck was bought for museum show and has been proven in a number of Elvis reveals. Some four years in the past, it left Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for Georgia, the place it underwent a restoration that included eradicating the mattress however not the cab. The consignor to the public sale notes that whereas the inline 6-cylinder engine was faraway from the truck on the time, it was put again with out being rebuilt.
“Whereas engaged on the paint, we found a couple of totally different colours so I really feel the truck has had about Three paint jobs prior,” the consignor instructed GAA. “Authentic Inexperienced, then to pink, then again to inexperienced (poor high quality paint) then this final high-quality paint job that it has now.”
The web public sale catalog notes that the truck has a guide (3-on-the-tree) transmission and that the proprietor states it has been pushed 83,000 miles since new.
The truck will probably be offered at public sale together with “a big portion” of the unique components that had been changed in the course of the restoration. Among the many documentation included within the sale is a replica of the guide, Hurry Residence Elvis, written by Donna Lewis, daughter of Circle G foreman George Lewis; the b0ok consists of particulars of the vehicles’ time on the ranch.
The consignor provides that by means of the years, Presley bought 7 vehicles for his ranch, however “the whereabouts of solely 5 are identified.
“This explicit truck is considered the one 1967 GMC that’s identified to have survived and been documented.”
For extra data, go to the GAA website.