Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen
As much as he loved cars, Elvis Presley never toured as a one-of-a-kind “Blue Suede Shoes” 1959 Buick Invicta Custom Coupe set to cross auction block with No Reserve during the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, January 22-30, at Westworld in Scottsdale.
“Blue Suede Shoes” is a complete, no-charge custom construction that pays stylistic homage to a bygone era of American automotive style. He also starred in an episode of MotorTrend TV’s “Bitchin ‘Rides”.
The creation of acclaimed builder Kindig-It Designs, “Blue Suede Shoes” cost a whopping six figures to build, according to the sender, the end result of 18 months and 13,000 hours of superb craftsmanship. Every part and piece of this big-finned Buick has been modified and massaged to create an award-winning custom build.
Buick has attracted attention and acclaim wherever it has been, including multiple appearances on the SEMA Show. His list of awards is truly impressive: Top 5 Hot August Nights; Top 12 finalists Good-boys Custom of the Year; Multiple Goodguy Builders Choice Awards; Best in Show Kool Deadwood Nights; The best of the show counts at the Auto Show; Top 5 Dickinson Car Show; and many other Best in Show or Best in Class awards. There was not a show entered that did not receive an award.
Like the classic Elvis song from which this car is named, this Buick coupe is a true icon of the fabulous 1950s and the 1959 model year saw the tail fins reach unprecedented heights. The massive rear fins are in place and its classic lines and rich chrome trim are accented by exterior modifications, including a custom die-cast grille, hidden bumpers that fit into the body, and door handles integrated into the side trim. Unique EVOD wheels with integrated large white spaces complete the look.
As you’d expect, the fully customized interior is lavishly outfitted in blue suede and blue leather, with hand-cut lacing and crafted leather by JS Interiors in Salt Lake City. Other features include custom Dakota Digital gauges, complete Kicker IQ audio and subwoofer components, as well as power steering, power windows, locks and trunk.
The melody continues under the hood. Power comes from a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine from General Motors that has been elegantly tuned with custom finishes to match bonnet curves and details reminiscent of the original Buick Nailhead engine that would have been standard in 1959. Putting the power into it at The rear wheels are a GM 4L80E automatic transmission.
Rest assured that Buick’s beauty is not just superficial. The underside of the “Blue Suede Shoes” is as detailed and sophisticated as its powerhouse, thanks to a custom Art Morrison chassis with coilover shock absorbers, independent tubular front suspension and a 4-link rear suspension. Combined with a set of power-assisted Wilwood disc brakes, the high-quality components ensure this rugged Buick handles, stops and accelerates.
According to the sender, this beautiful construction is adequately prepared for enjoying the road, having already completed two road tours.