By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Sealed bids will be opened March 31 for what owner Bill Kinard claims is the tour bus Elvis Presley left to performer friend J.D. Stamps.
Kinard, who runs Legacy Hall of Fame Inc. in Tupelo, had 45 days from Dec. 12 to sell the bus to repay local businessman Larry Michaels for work done on the 40-foot vehicle with its flanks emblazoned by the famous EP insignia “TCB” with its lightning bolt.
At year’s end, Kinard told the Daily Journal he didn’t want to sell the bus and planned to make his living driving it around for the public to see.
Michaels said Kinard owed him $134,000 for the bus rehab and for driving it back to Mississippi from Washington State in early 2009.
The two have feuded legally ever since.
Busforsale.com in Goodlettsville, Tenn., near Nashville, has the bus on its lot and will handle the auction through bids by registered mail. The bids must contain a bank letter of credit.
“Own a piece of the Elvis legacy and rock and roll history,” its website states, recommending Internet research for history on the bus it calls “Elvis.”
The site also features a five-minute video showing the exterior and interior of the 96-inch wide vehicle.
Inside, it has nine bunks and seats 12.
Amenities include power steering, an ice box, refrigerator, microwave, new upholstery, new curtains, new bank mattresses, new bunk curtains and a bathroom.
Anyone seeking more information should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 859-1996.
Inspections of the vehicle, they say, are by appointment only.