The Pink Cadillac is the car most associated with Elvis Presley and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music. It will serve as the centerpiece attraction for the April 2-5 Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Thousands of tribute cars, including those painted in the famous “Elvis Rose” shade, can be seen at various events around the country, but the original fender-bender will be the only one that can lay claim to being the car Elvis drove in his early years as a musician and symbol of the birth of American rock ‘n’ roll.
In the ’50s America, you were truly living the dream when you owned a Cadillac. That is why Elvis Presley owned so many of them, about 200 by some estimates. He often gave them away to family and friends. But the most iconic of all was the 1955 Fleetwood Series 60 that he had custom painted pink and then gave to his mother Gladys.
This pink Cadillac is the same one that Elvis sings about in his classic song “Baby Let’s Play House”. When it was first delivered to Elvis in 1955, it was factory blue with a black roof. But as his popularity increased he decided to have it repainted in the iconic pink color, which was named Elvis Rose. He then gave the car to his mother who never actually drove it because she did not have a driver’s license.
The Pink Cadillac is currently on display at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum at his former home, Graceland. It is parked in front of the museum’s entrance and can be seen by everyone who visits the attraction.