As private aviation management software specialists, we love anything to do with nostalgia – especially when it concerns a private jet once owned by the “King” himself, Elvis Presley.
A recent article at USA Today announced that the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Elvis and his father is scheduled to be up for auction at liveauctioneers.com. While the private jet doesn’t have engines at the current time, it does have seats of red velvet designed by Elvis himself, along with red shag carpet. The auction website claims the jet has the potential for being fully restored, and while it has sat tucked away at a small airport in Roswell, NM for about three decades and has been shown at only a handful of aviation events by its owner, who has not been revealed, it’s time to sell.
The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar was once featured on the National Geographic Channel and will be auctioned on Saturday, May 27 at an event in California, according to GWS Auctions Inc. It is estimated that the private jet is valued at between $2 and $3.5 million. Scott Stark, Roswell International Air Center Interim Director, said that the plane hasn’t been toured in about five or six years, and that it was rarely open for tours.
While the highest bidder will become the proud new owner, quite a bit of work will be required to get the luxury private jet back in good working order. News reports claim the woodwork, red velvet seats, shag carpet, and other features were designed by the King himself, along with the external paint. None of these details have been altered since, and the new owner will receive original paperwork signed by Presley.
Everything Elvis did was over-the-top – from his powder blue speedboat to his solid gold Cadillac – this private jet is no exception! Maybe we’ll learn who the new owner is in the coming days.
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