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A little bit of Graceland is coming to the Pennzoil AutoFair this spring. A pink 1955 Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley will be on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord from April 2nd through April 5th.

There may not be any other car that’s more closely associated with rock & roll than a pink Cadillac. Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen both sang about the iconic ride. To see the one that belonged to “King of Rock & Roll” will be a real treat. Except for a 2015 trip to London, this car hasn’t been shown outside of Memphis since Graceland opened for tours in 1982.

Elvis’ Cadillac was blue with a black roof when he bought it in the summer of 1955. He had the car repainted to match his pink-and-black suits. When the car was less than two months old, the Cadillac was in an accident while Elvis was touring through Texas. Presley had the Caddy repaired and repainted in its current pink-and-white color scheme. He eventually gave the car to his mother, despite the fact that she didn’t have a driver’s license.

One more fun fact: Elvis Presley actually spent some time at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1967. He was there to film his movie Speedway with Nancy Sinatra.

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