Elvis Presley’s beloved private plane will be transformed into an RV after sitting in a New Mexico desert for nearly 40 years.
Influencer James Webb of Jimmy’s World on YouTube purchased the 1962 Lockheed 1329 Jetstar for $260,000 on what would’ve been the King of Rock and Roll’s 88th birthday on January 8.
Webb, who is known to flip abandoned aircrafts, transported the plane to his Florida workstation in an attempt to turn it into an RV for a cross-country road trip to raise money for charities.
‘I knew that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity,’ Webb told Fox News. ‘It was the biggest financial purchase I have ever made, outside of a house, and this was ironically more expensive than my house. How crazy is that?’
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll had purchased the jet in December 1976 for $840,000, less than a year before his death in August 1977.
Webb doesn’t plan of flying the jet ever again. If he did, a new engine would be needed
While the nine-seater aircraft might be costly to fix up, the jet’s original cassette player, wood cabin paneling and 1970s charm have been preserved.
Webb is documenting the progress on the beat-up jet and has already successfully fixed the lights.
The outside of the rusted aircraft will also get a makeover but Webb plans on preserving the interior velvet seats, shag carpet and wood cabin paneling.
Webb’s vision for the aircraft is to turn it into the Elvis-mobile – a project he said can either succeed or fail.
‘We’re going to take it to Las Vegas to Graceland maybe,’ Webb told the news outlet.
For the scraps of the plane not used for the RV, such as the wings and the gas tanks, Webb will turn the pieces into Elvis mementos for profit.
This rare airplane is one of only 204 aircraft manufactured between 1957 and 1978 in a private collaboration between Jetstar and Lockheed.
The opening bid on the 1962 Lockheed 1329 Jetstar was for $100,000, but offers slowly went up.
Presley’s legacy has gained a new younger fanbase since the premier of the Elvis film starring Austin Butler in June 2022.
The movie explores Elvis’ complex relationship with his former manager, Colonel Tom Parker – who is portrayed by Tom Hanks – and the extraordinary influence that the former carnival worker had on the singer’s life.
Butler, 31, won a Golden Globe for his performance as the King of Rock n’ Roll. The actor was praised by Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla for capturing her ex-husband’s volatile ‘temperament’ so well.
He also grew closer with Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.