If you’re looking to purchase a fully functional, ready-to-fly private plane, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you’re interested in a real piece of rock ‘n’ roll history, which belonged to the King himself, you might be able to overlook the rust. Elvis Presley’s own customized private jet, a 1962 Lockheed JetStar 1329, is up for auction. It previously sold in 2017 for $430,000, but the prior owner perhaps wasn’t prepared for the amount of work required to maintain an aircraft.
The engine is missing, the cockpit is a mess, and a lot of time, love, and money would need to go into restoring it. Carl Carter, a spokesperson for GWS Auctions, told the Associated Press that records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet. It’s the same as it was when the King used it back in the days.
The Lockheed JetStar is one of two owned by Elvis, and only 204 of them were produced by the aircraft manufacturer between 1957 and 1978. The other is called “Hound Dog II” and remains the property of the Graceland estate, along with a Convair 880 named “Lisa Marie.”
The plane has sat on the Roswell tarmac in New Mexico for 36 years and become a popular tourist attraction. If you’re interested in throwing your hat in the ring for ownership of Elvis’s jet, online auction site IronPlanet is now accepting bids through July 27th.
H/T: CNN Travel