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As a published author of two books (Thunderbird 1955-1966, Thunderbird 50 Years), historian and registrar of '50s-up Ford Thunderbirds, and as past editor/president and current technical director for the Vintage Thunderbird Club International, it's important for me to post two corrections regarding Elvis' '62 T-bird: first, his car was a Sports Roadster (the picture shows a run-of-the-mill hardtop), which differed from a regular T-bird convertible in part by addition of a fiberglass cover that made the car into a two-seater, along with the wire wheels being standard with the Sports Roadster package; second, over 1400 '62 Sports Roadsters were built, not 200. As for the wire wheels, the incident with them failing while the car was driven around Los Angeles led to the wheels being revised with heavier wire spokes over the late fall-early winter of 1961.
There is a photo of Elvis taking delivery of a '62 Sports Roadster from a Memphis Ford dealer that has circulated amongst T-bird enthusiasts for several decades. It's not known to me if this is the same car that had its wheels fail in LA. I would like to know if Elvis' Sports Roadster was ever found or if one is in the collection/museum in Memphis.