Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Purchased new by Elvis Presley
Iconic vehicle memorabilia from one of historys most well-known entertainers, Elvis Presley!
Car is an example of Elvis generosity; he personally purchased this car new for Dr. Gerald Starkey of Denver, Colorado in 1976 as a thank-you
Dr. Starkey kept this Lincoln until his death in 2009, sold on the original 1976 Colorado title
47,103 miles and believed to be original
True survivor Lincolnand final model year for Lincolns Mark IV
Original 460 CID 385 Series V-8 engine with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts (code A)
C6 three-speed Select-Shift automatic transmission (code U) and 2.75 gearing (code 2)
Original Tan exterior (code 6U) with original Dark Saddle vinyl roof with full Normandie grain and original Saddle leather interior (code BZ)
Air-conditioning with automatic temperature control, power steering, power four-wheel disc brakes, tilt steering column, power windows, drivers remote sideview mirror, power locks and six-way power front seats
Documentation includes original window sticker; original bill of sale (truncated); factory build sheet, original Colorado registration, original manual, original dealer jacket, all original delivery paperwork, original warranty card and original warranty papers; Polaroid photos of the car at Mausolf Classic Cars in Denver; a hand-written note from Dr. Starkey, dated May 26, 1978 verifying the purchase; two copies of the personal check Elvis wrote the pay for the car; a copy of the dealer sales order for the car; newspaper articles from The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News about Dr. Starkey and the car
A true, honest piece of Elvis history, this Lincoln has the honor of being purchased by the man himself, Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley personally purchased this Lincoln for a Denver doctor friend who helped Presley during what became his final winter vacation to Vail, Colorado. That car, a 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, purchased by Elvis for Dr. Gerald Starkey is here exclusively for sale at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. Dr. Starkey's personal lifetime friend Denver Police Captain Jerry Kennedy also received a blue 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV also purchased new by Elvis Presley. That car recently sold at the The Tupelo Automobile Museum Bonhams Auction for $47,040. This Lincoln was kept by Dr. Starkey until his death in 2011. The car is still sold on the original 1976 Colorado title and still in Starkey's name and is included with all the original delivery paperwork!
The story is that on January 4, 1976, Elvis, made a spontaneous decision to head to Vail, Colorado for a vacation with Linda Thompson and a party of 17 other people. Before arrival, Presley contacted his personal friend at the Denver Police Department, Captain Jerry Kennedy to be part of his advance party while in Vail. Kennedy handled as a security guard at one of Elvis Denver shows almost six years earlier and the two struck up a friendship since.
Per newspaper stories, Presley experienced a negative skin reaction from a wool ski mask he wore, by day while snowmobiling and by night so he could shop and move in public anonymously. Kennedy introduced Presley to Dr. Gerald Starkey, the police departments medical coordinator. Starkey recommended a face ointment to clear Presleys skin. As a thank-you gift, Presley bought Starkey this Mark IV on January 14, 1976. It had six miles on the odometer. The account is verified by a hand-written note from Starkey dated May 28, 1978, about nine months after Presley died. This Mark IV was one of five cars Presley bought for people that night; he spent more than $70,000 including the blue Lincoln purchased for Captain Kennedy.
Documentation includes original window sticker; original bill of sale (truncated); factory build sheet, original Colorado registration, original manual, original dealer jacket, all original delivery paperwork, original warranty card and original warranty papers; Polaroid photos of the car at Mausolf Classic Cars in Denver; a hand-written note from Dr. Starkey, dated May 26, 1978 verifying the purchase; two copies of the personal check Elvis wrote the pay for the car; a copy of the dealer sales order for the car; newspaper copies from The Denver Post featuring Starkeys obituary on September 10, 2009 and the Rocky Mountain News dated January 16, 1976 reporting the sale and another dated October 16, 1994 after Kennedy had retired.
He said to me, If anyone says anything to you about me giving you this car, just remember you gave me that flashlight, the one that the police use, and that flashlight is as big a bite out of your pocketbook as this car is out of mine, Kennedy said of Presley in 1994.
Made at Fords Wixom, Michigan (VIN code Y) assembly plant on November 7, 1975, this car was routed to the Denver, Colorado sales region (DSO code 51) and shipped by rail to the Kumpf Motor Car Company, at 86
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