On August 11, 1976, Elvis bought his third bike of that yr — one other FLH 1200 Electra Glide. This time he snagged one of many limited-to-750 Bicentennial editions. He did not understand it then, however it could be the final bike he would purchase earlier than his loss of life a yr later (August 16, 1977).
Not one of the colour schemes Harley supplied appealed to Elvis, so befitting royalty, the King custom-ordered his bike with a blue-and-black colour scheme. Moreover, the bike got here with a numbers-matching air-cooled four-stroke, 1207cc V-Twin engine with a blackout end, mated to a 4-speed guide transmission. It had a spring-mounted solo seat, locking laborious saddlebags, a rear baggage rack, full fenders, and lace-spoked wheels. It tipped the dimensions at about 717 kilos.
Three months earlier than Elvis died, he bought the bike again to the native Harley supplier, and after a while, the bike discovered its technique to a resort in Wildwood, New Jersey, that displayed it within the foyer for plenty of years. It will definitely landed within the Pioneer Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, the place it was exhibited for some 36 years (1983 – 2019).
In September 2019, the bike bought for $800,000. When it went up for public sale once more in Could 2023, expectations had been excessive, with some estimates pegging a possible sale of $2 million. Nonetheless, bidding stalled at $300,000 with out assembly the reserve value, and the public sale ended with out being bought. In line with the nonetheless lively itemizing on Mecum, “the bid goes on.”