The death of Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42 shocked the world. But did you know that the King’s final photo, taken hours before his death, is on display in Graceland for fans to see? The photo is next to the last car he ever drove, his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III.
The last car Elvis Presley drove is located across from the Graceland Mansion at the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.
Express.co.uk saw the Stutz on a live virtual tour of articles related to the King’s life and career, which took place earlier this year.
And at one point, our expert guide, Vice President of Archives and Exhibitions, Angie Marchese, showed the interior.
She said: “Elvis bought this car in September 1974 for just over $ 20,000 and yet it is personalized.”
Angie continued, “All of the trim inside the Stutz is 24k gold plated including the driveshaft which you’ll see in the center.
“It was probably one of Elvis’ favorite cars because cars have a lifespan where he would give them away or he would stop driving them.
“But because he bought this car in September 74 [and] he was still driving it in August 77 … this car obviously had a special place in the rotation of cars in his life.
Elvis’ expert then went on to explain how the vehicle had been fully restored, before highlighting the final photo.
This photo is blown up right next to the car for fans who want to see it when they visit Graceland in person.
After returning to the dentist after midnight, Elvis called his cousin Billy Smith and his wife Jo around 3:30 a.m.
The King invited the couple to come and play a game of racquetball on his court with his girlfriend Ginger Alden.
After a few games, Elvis sat down at the piano in the lower living room of his state-of-the-art sports building. And there The King sang for the last time, singing Unchained Melody and Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.
Then, around dawn, Elvis and his Memphis Mafia members returned to the Graceland mansion. He said goodnight to Lisa Marie for the last time before going to bed with Ginger.
Around lunchtime that day, Elvis was found dead in the bathroom next to his bedroom. The king had suffered a heart attack in the bathroom when he was only 42 years old.
Two days later, the king’s funeral was held in Memphis, Tennessee with hundreds of fans in the area to pay tribute to the star.
Elvis is now buried in the Meditation Garden in Graceland alongside his parents, grandmother and grandson.