Priscilla Presley recalls the special gift that she received from Elvis years ago Photo by Mike Brown/Getty Images
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 27: Priscilla Presley listens to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton address a group of Elvis fans on the front lawn of Graceland March 27, 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee. Graceland, the former home of the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, was designated a National Historic Landmark. Fewer than 2,500 historic places carry the title. (Photo by Mike Brown/Getty Images)

Priscilla Presley may have had all of the gifts that money could buy when she married Elvis Presley, but only one particular present holds a special place in her heart.

Back when she was a teenager, and graduating from high school, the King of Rock and Roll gifted her with her first vehicle — a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair.

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“I loved it! Can you imagine? It was my very first car and the fact that he gave it to me made it very special,” Priscilla, now 72, tells Closer Weekly. “It was such a beautiful car. Cars were larger in those days ,so this was the perfect car for me. It was sporty in look and feel. There weren’t many around.”

Priscilla started dating the superstar when she was 14. The two, who met in Germany in 1959, while Elvis was stationed there with the United States Army, didn’t elope until 1967. So, you can imagine just how much the “Hound Dog” singer wanted to impress her.


“I remember taking Elvis for a drive in [the car,] but only around the circular driveway at Graceland,” Priscilla recalled, referencing the singer’s Memphis home. “He didn’t want to be seen with a girl driving him around!”

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Although they were one of the most famous celebrity couples in rock history, the two — who share daughter Lisa Marie — ended up calling it quits after eight years of marriage.

Despite their separation, Priscilla has continued to keep the late icon’s legacy alive, including opening up his Graceland estate to the public.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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