Elvis Presley’s favorite color must be red because he installed wall-to-wall carpeting in this hue at his former Palm Springs home. And the new proof comes to light with his 1962 Lockheed Jetstar, which he designed himself and features tons of woodwork along with red velvet seats and carpet.
This rare airplane is one of only 204 aircraft manufactured between 1957 and 1978 in a private collaboration between Jetstar and Lockheed.
The cockpit, along with the rest of the jet, has never been restored.
The musician shared the private jet with his father, Vernon Presley. But since The King’s death, the jet has sat abandoned on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico for the past 35 years. Now the aircraft is going up for public auction — though a lot of work will need to happen to the engines before takeoff. It looks like the exterior could us a fresh paint job, as well.
Interior hasn’t been touched or changed since Presley last flew in it. The winning bidder will also get original paperwork signed by Presley himself, which details his design plans for the plane, which is nothing short of iconic.
Elvis Presley’s private jet sold at auction Saturday for $430,000 which is a fraction of what auctioneers expected.
Even though the aircraft needs some work, for instance, it doesn’t have any engines it was projected to fetch as much as $3 million.
The jet with its extravagant interior has been a tourist attraction in Roswell for decades.
There is no word on what the new owner plans to do with it.