Jordan honors Elvis and his automobiles


“If there was ever one entertainer who really loved his automobiles, it was Elvis Presley,” said restaurateur Al Jordan of Jordan’s Rooftop Restaurant at 138th St. and Coastal Highway, in Ocean City, Md., who will be hosting two Elvis concerts on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. during Cruisin’ Weekend. “They say that Elvis was a Cadillac man, but his favorite car was his Continental Mark II.”

Jordan pointed out that there is a certain divergence of opinion about Elvis’ taste in vehicles.

“There is a common misconception that Elvis Presley was a Cadillac man who painted his cars garish colors and customized them wildly, at times demonstrating questionable taste and refinement,” Jordan said. “In reality, Elvis’ taste was bipolar — sometimes conservative, sometimes all flash.”

“Graceland is a stately dwelling. Elvis bought it in 1957 and left the exterior tastefully unchanged. Inside, some rooms are quite nicely decorated,” Jordan said. “While others look like they have been furnished entirely with merchandise from roadside stands. The stairwell to the basement recreation rooms features mirrored ceilings and carpeted walls.”

Elvis’ eclectic taste was most noticeable in his automobiles.

“Elvis had a flashy purple and white customized 1956 Caddy convertible and commissioned Memphis auto customizer George Barris to create a vulgar gold and white 1960 Cadillac 75 Series custom limousine,” Jordan said. “Yet, Elvis also owned a black Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, a Mercedes 600 limousine and other expensive, conservative vehicles that would look right at home on the street of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Hilton Head Island, Pebble Beach or the Hamptons.”

Elvis was definitely a car guy, Jordan noted, who had a broad taste in automobiles.

“Some of his notable and more exotic cars included a BMW 507 V-8 roadster which he had during his Army days in Germany, a Ferrari painted a subdued black instead of the ubiquitous red, two Stutz Blackhawks and a de Tomaso Pantera.”

Restaurateur Jordan wants to honor Presley during Cruisin’ Weekend.

Michael Hoover, the renowned Elvis impersonator, brings the King to life in his “Memories of Elvis” show dedicated to car lovers on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. at Jordan’s Rooftop.

The restaurant is located on the top floor of the Fenwick Inn. For more information about Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis” performance, call Jordan’s Rooftop at (410) 250-1867.