(Impulsive) Elvis Presley Gives $11,500 Gift

By: Elvis Australia
Source: Los Angeles Times | July 30, 1975
December 28, 2017

'Like My Car? I'll Buy You One'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mennie Person never expected to meet Elvis Presley, much less wind up on his gift list.

Mrs. Person was caught by surprise Sunday evening when she was admiring Presley's custom-made Cadillac outside a Cadillac agency.

'I had my head over in it and he came out of the back parking lot and asked if I liked it', the bank teller said. Mrs. Person, 33, said she was 'still standing there with my mouth open' but managed to compliment the singer on his car.

'Like My Car? I'll Buy You One' | 'He said, 'That one's mine, but I'll buy you one'.
'Like My Car? I'll Buy You One' | 'Elvis said, 'That one's mine, but I'll buy you one'.

'He said, 'That one's mine, but I'll buy you one', she said. 'He caught me by the arm and carried me back to the parking lot where he had come form and told me to 'pick one out'.

The car Mrs. Person selected was a gold and white model that lists for about $11,500.

Mrs. Person said that when Presley learned her birthday was Tuesday, he handed her the keys to the car, wished 'Happy Birthday' and told an aide to write her a check to 'buy some clothes to go with the car'.

'Like My Car? I'll Buy You One' | 'Elvis said, 'That one's mine, but I'll buy you one'.
'Like My Car? I'll Buy You One' | 'Elvis said, 'That one's mine, but I'll buy you one'.

She did not disclose the amount of the check, Mrs. Person said she had told Presley that she and her husband Troy already owned a Cadillac, a 1974 model, but she said that didn't bother Presley.

'He told me to keep it', she said. 'He told me to give it to my husband or whatever we wanted to do'.

Presley has been in a generous mood lately. Last weekend, he had a turboprop airplane valued at $1.2 million delivered to Las Vegas as a gift to his longtime manager, Col. Tom Parker.

** The report dates the event to around 9:30pm on 7-27-1975 (Sun), just three days after he completed his most recent tour.

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