Following is the 'take one' handout available to those who boarded 'Elvis Presley's Tour Bus,' on loan at Graceland in 1991. I took one, and have reproduced it here. It is faithful to the original, typos and all.

I most like the last paragraph, which details that Elvis "travelled with a group of people who passed time on the road playing cards and Yahtzee."


TheElvis purchased the 1959 Flxible 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 through 1967, usually doing the driving himself.

In 1968, Elvis sold the bus to Herb Shriner, an entertainer known as the "Hoosier Hotshot." Mr. and Mrs. Shriner were killed in an accident in Florida before they ever used the bus. It was in their estate until their will was out of probate several years later. In late 1970, the bus was purchased by Crowell Designs to be used for business travel. The Angola Coach Co., which does custom coaches for performers, purchased the bus in 1971 and used it as a model display coach. The bus was purchased by its present owner on August 12, 1977, just before Elvis' death. It is on loan for exhibit here at Graceland.

TheThe exterior of the bus is nearly identical to the paint scheme when Elvis owned it. Elvis did not have his name painted on the bus to keep from drawing attention to him and his group as they traveled. Following a minor fire inside the bus in 1970, the 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 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.

TheBehind the front lounge area is the elaborately equipped galley featuring an electric range with oven and rotisserie, refrigerator, garbage disposer, 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 travelled with a group of people who passed time on the road playing cards and Yahtzee, listening to music, telling jokes, singing, eating and sleeping.

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