- This car was a birthday gift to Elvis Presley from his father.
- Elvis gave this car to his Karate instructor, who instructed Elvis to 7th degree black belt.
- If the bumper was struck at low speed, the egg-crate grille would retract inward preventing damage to the grille and front sheet metal.
This Cadillac Custom Eldorado was a birthday gift to Elvis Presley from his father, Vernon Presley. It was driven by Elvis as his personal car for several months until he gave it to his Karate instructor, Kang Rhee of Memphis, Tennessee, who instructed Elvis up to a 7th degree black belt. The custom interior was built by Fleetwood and the body was built by Fisher.
The front-wheel drive Cadillac Eldorado was first introduced in 1967 and received substantial exterior styling changes for 1973. The Eldorado Coupe sported a bold, new “egg crate” grille attached to the front bumper. When the bumper was struck at low speeds, the entire grille retracted inward several inches, preventing damage to the grille and front-end sheet metal. The hood, trunk lid and bumpers were redesigned, and the parking and turn signal lights wrapped around the leading edges of the front fenders. Sales of the Eldorado Coupe numbered 42,136 for 1973.