Marc Bolan, one of the leading lights in the Glam Rock era and singer with T-Rex, died in South London when he was a passenger in a humble Mini, which hit a steel post, the area around it in South London now a shrine to his many fans.
Of the current crop of music stars, it’s no surprise that Lady Gaga has an eclectic collection of four-wheeled art, most of it American muscle metal, such as a 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible, a ’67 Ford Mustang and Bronco, a Chevy Nova Supersport churning out 375 horsepower and a vehicle often described as the prettiest truck of all time, a V8-powered 1970 El Camino.
As for “The King,” Elvis Presley got through a whole showroom full of cars in his short lifetime, including a second hand 1954 pink Cadillac. He used it to drive his band, The Blue Moon Boys, around the southern states of the USA. Elvis loved it: “I parked it outside my hotel the day I got it and stayed up all night just looking at it,” he said. The car caught fire after a few months of ownership, so Elvis ordered a new Cadillac Fleetwood 60, which he had painted pink and presented to his mother…who couldn’t drive.
One of Elvis Presley's Cadillac's on show at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons