Buy The Hot Rod Roadster That Elvis Couldn't Have

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Love it tender, love it true.

The King of Rock and Roll loved cars almost as much as he loved making music. And though the BMW 507 he brought back from Germany while serving in the Army may have been his most famous, it wasn't the only one he drove.

Like this 1929 Ford roadster with which Presley shared the silver screen in the 1957 movie Loving You. History records that Elvis wanted to buy the hot rod once filming was finished, but the owner wouldn't sell. Now decades later, the original owner has passed, and his widow is putting it up for auction.

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According to Motoring Research, the roadster was built by noted hot-rodder John Athan in 1938, using the frame from a 1932 Ford "Deuce," a Ford flathead V-8 engine, and the bodywork from a 1939 Ford Model A. It's not all Ford parts, though, as the windshield was made out of the rear window from a 1940 Chrysler, and the trunk handle and license plate light from a 1940 Mercury. The dashboard is a full custom unit created by Athan, and the car had a top speed of 100 mph.

Adding to its allure is the fact that Loving You was Elvis' first major motion picture.

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The car is being auctioned at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood on August 31, and it's not the only Elvis vehicle going under the hammer. Also being sold is the King's s own 1973 Lincoln Continental limousine, his GMC pickup, and the last last motorcycle he ever owned - a 1976 Harley Davidson Electra Glide. How much they'll go for, we couldn't say, but just about anything Elvis owned or used in movies inevitably sells for crazy money, and a hot rod like this one would be valuable even even without his name attached.


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