Friday, January 15, 2021

Elvis & Epstein’s ‘Dictator Car’

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction

‘Taking Care of Business’ was said to be “Elvis Presley’s business motto and working philosophy.” Now, someone with deep pockets can buy the ‘King’s’ 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan emblazoned with ‘TCB’ on its side that is being auctioned for charity this December.

 

Said to be one of over 200 cars that the Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock singer owned and mostly gave away as gifts, the short-wheelbase limousine was purchased by him on 14th December 1970 at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard for $15,000 (or the equivalent of £75,300, $100,600, €82,900 or درهم369,500 today).

 

Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
Elvis and Priscilla Presley in the car.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
And pictured standing next to it.

Presley reportedly used the 6.3-litre engine vehicle until the mid-1970s and then gave it to his vocalist friend Jimmy Velvet – who was later to become the operator of an Elvis memorabilia museum. Later sold on to the CEO of Dollar General and “refreshed” in the 1990s, a businessman turned philanthropist named Gene Epstein bought the ‘Dictator Car’ in 2002 after seeing it at the Amelia Island Concours.

 

Finished in silver and featuring a black leather with dark grey carpets and ‘zebrawood accents’ interior, the automatic car has privacy curtains, separate front and rear heating and air conditioning controls and a refrigerated console between the front seats. It has covered 60,500 miles and is being promoted as being in need of a new owner “with a big enough personality to pull it off.”

 

Of why he is selling the limousine – which comes with an array of Elvis Presley related memorabilia and paperwork – Gene Epstein (whom has no known connection to the late monster Jeffrey Epstein) commented:

 

“We feel that after owning and enjoying ‘Elvis’ for nearly 20 years it is time to say goodbye for the better need. Especially since Covid has shut down just about every event that we have planned.”

 

“Giving this car to our charity was a major decision that I’ve been advised against by my accountant who simply looks at the bottom line after taxes. I know that I exceed any tax benefit but how in the world can any of us enjoy life while seeing other people suffering?”

 

“The lightning bolt on Elvis is TCB could very well have been on mine. There’s not enough time in the day to do the best for everybody every day but we have to keep trying.”

 

“Elvis’s Mercedes is one hell of an automobile. And fun to drive… I hope it brings a world record price.”

 

In September 2019, a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan The Steeple Times featured that had belonged to Nubar Gulbenkian sold for £310,900 ($415,000, €342,500 or درهم1.5 million). That car admittedly was undoubtedly a one-off in that its eccentric owner had changed the rear seats to a double bed and added a full glass roof, but by comparison the current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800) on the ex-Elvis ‘ride’ makes it seem cheap at a sum 48.4% lower.

 

Bring A Trailer’s online auction for this It’s Now or Never of a limousine concludes on the 18th December.

 

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Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
The black leather to the rear passenger seating is original yet in good condition.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
There is some wear and tear to the front seating, however.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
The car is emblazoned with ‘TCB’ on its front doors and also comes with an example of Elvis Presley’s ‘TCB’ stationery and some shot glasses marked ‘TCB’ also.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
Amongst other memorabilia with the car are original documents, cuttings and an Elvis Presley bust.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
The original bill of sale from Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
From the front.
Elvis & Epstein’s Dictator Car – Ex-Elvis Presley Mercedes 600 to be sold – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 ‘Dictator Car’ sedan originally owned by Elvis Presley and currently by an Epstein is being sold by auction –1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, chassis number 10001212001321, originally owned by Elvis Presley and gifted to Jimmy Velvet in the mid-1970s – To be sold by Bring A Trailer on Friday 18th December 2020 at 7.05pm – Current bid of £160,400 ($214,500, €177,000 or درهم787,800).
And from the rear.
A video of the car to be offered.
The car to be sold arriving at Gene Epstein’s 75th birthday party in July 2014.
Another Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan owned by Elvis Presley was sold by Bonhams in December 2010 in the UK.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kK18OoubTg
Elvis Presley originally recorded ‘Long Black Limousine’ in January 1969.

Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.
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4 COMMENTS

  1. Ghislaine Maxwell’s secretive husband should waste his $28.5 million bail money on this heap of gas guzzling junk rather than that heap of junk. I will leave you to figure out which is the better deal. At least it goes more miles to the buck when the other has zero miles to the f**k.

  2. It’s entertainingly taking my mind off COVID, the fact that Ghislaine Maxwell is seeking bail for about $28 million, and democracy is still under threat in the USA. All I need right now is that nut job, Gillian, to get me to try to find little Maddie’s killer

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