ELVIS PRESLEY'S TOUR BUS

                                   

ELVIS PURCHASED THE 1959 FLEXIBLE VL 100 COACH AND HAD IT CUSTOMIZED FOR ROAD TOURS BY GEORGE BARRIS IN CALIFORNIA. IT WAS BRAND NEW AND HAD NEVER BEEN USED AS A LINE SERVICE BUS. ELVIS USED THE BUS THOUGH 1967,USALLY DOING THE DRIVING HIMSELF.

                  

 

ELVIS DID NOT HAVE HIS NAME PAINTED ON THE BUS TO KEEP FROM DRAWING ATTENTION TO HIM AND HIS GROUP AS THEY TRAVELED. SO IT WAS NICKNAMED THE PLAIN JANE. FOLLOWING A MINER FIRE INSIDE THE BUS IN 1970,. INTERIOR WAS REFURBISHED. THE BUS IS POWERED BY A 190 C TURBO CUMMINS DIESEL ENGINE WITH A 140 GALLON FUEL TANK. IT IS ELEVEN FEET HIGH AND WEIGHS 14 TONS. THE FLOOR IS LEAD LINED TO KEEP THE MOTOR AND THE ROAD NOISE DOWN.

THE DRIVING AREA IS EQUIPPED WITH A SPECIAL DOUBLE FOLD DOWN CO PILOT SEAT, CASSETTE PLAYER, STEREO 8 TRACK PLAYER, PA UNIT ,23 CHANNEL CB, DIGITAL ALARM CLOCK, ALTIMETER, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THERMOMETER AND ICE INDICATOR, AND AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC STEP WITH LIGHT.

THE FRONT LOUNGE AREA FEATURES TWO SWIVEL RECLINER EASY CHAIRS AND A COUCH WHICH OPENS INTO A DOUBLE BED.

BEHIND THE LOUNGE IS THE ELABORATELY EQUIPPED GALLEY FEATURING AN ELECTRIC RANGE WITH OVEN AND ROTISSERIE, REFRIGERATOR, GARBAGE  DISPOSAL ,TRASH COMPACTOR, BUILT IN ELECTRIC CAN OPENER, BUILT IN FOUR SLICE TOASTER, BUILT IN VACUUM, DINING BAR, STORAGE CABINETS AND DOUBLE STAINLESS STEEL SINK.

 

THE BATH AREA CONTAINS A FULL SHOWER, MARINE COMMODE, VANITY AND MEDICINE CABINET. THERE IS A QUEEN SIZE BED IN THE BEDROOM-DRESSING AREA. THE SLEEPING AREA ALSO HAS TWO FULL LENGTH CLOSETS AND OTHER STORAGE AREAS ,VANITY, FULL LENGTH MIRROR AND SOLID PRIVACY DOOR

 

 

ELVIS USUALLY TRAVELED WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO PASSED TIME ON THE ROAD PLAYING CARDS AND YAHTZEE, LISTENING TO MUSIC, TELLING JOKES, SINGING ,EATING AND SLEEPING.

VINTAGE PHOTO FROM BARBARA DOBIE 1968

THIS PICTURE PROVES TO ME THAT THE BUS THAT WAS AT GRACELAND ON DISPLAY WAS ELVIS'S BUS.THE ONLY THING THAT IS DIFFERENT IS THE PAINT JOB. AND A AIR HORN WAS ADDED.