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"While I was driving a truck, every time a big shiny car drove by it started me sort of a day-dreaming. I always felt that someday, somehow, something would happen to change everything for me. I would daydream about how it would be."

Cadillac Eldorado '56

The legend behind the '56 purple Cadillac Eldorado goes like this:
Elvis walked into the showroom of the dealership and was looking at a car - which was white at the time - and was very interested in it. (At that time he probably wasn't quite as famous as he was about to get, and still looked very strange with his sideburns and his loud clothes.) Apparently the salesman more or less snubbed him, ignored him, which miffed Elvis, as you can imagine, so he left the showroom and on the lot when he noticed this older black gentleman washing the cars. Elvis walked up to the gentleman and asked him if he could tell him how much he get paid to do the job. The old gentleman told him, and Elvis said, "Come with me". He took the old guy back into the showroom and asked to see the manager. He said, "I'm Elvis Presley and I'm interested in buying this car. I have the money for it and I'm going to buy it and I want you to give whatever commission that your salesman would have got, had he treated me right, to this gentleman here."

Not long after the purchase Elvis decided he wanted the car painted purple. He walked out of the house to the front where the car was parked and squashed a handful of grapes on the fender and said, "I want it that colour." The local firm that had done the customizing of the pink Cadillac for him earlier, did the paint job on the purple Cadillac. When the car was delivered to Elvis, the customizers had sprinkled grape Kool-Aid on the purple carpet so it would even smell purple when they delivered it to him. All of this might not be absolutely true, but it is a great story.

I have copied the colour of that car for my 1958 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and I love it, so do 99% of people that see the Cadillac.

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) US singer, actor
In "Rand Lindsly's HUGE Quotations File," an Internet collection of quotations.

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