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1970s POLAROID 8004 - as worn by Elvis KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


The story behind this famous sunglass design

has been told in interview by Lamar Fike, Elvis'

long-term friend and employee. He found the

silver metal version of these in a gas station in

the US in 1970 and Elvis tried them on and liked

them. He wore them for a while and after that,

he had them made in different materials and

colours and the gaudy adornments, ie the TCB

and EP logos, were added, the bridge having to

be enlarged to accommodate the latter. He never

had the black Polaroids duplicated - rather he

always wore this version or a similar one Made

in France
and a friend of klasik.org has kindly

provided this photo of the King in the original 's.

We had this pair fitted with new Polaroid lenses

in the high neutral (38%LTF) lenses which apparently

is a tint preferred by Elvis. Long Live the King!

The condition of the frame marked down to 'good'

due to there being a small split in the plastic arm

end near where it is stamped 8004 - seems stable.

NB: this month we are also offering the chrome version.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k5366 : £ 165

1970s black plastic and silver metal
frame POLAROID 8004

New replacement Polaroid brand lenses


lenses : new - 10

frame : good

fit : very good


face : 138mm

lens width : 62mm

lens height : 49mm

arms : 130mm

lens spec

uv transmission % : 1

light transmission (LTF) % : 38

uv protection y/n : y