The Bluesmobile is
a 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan that was prominently featured in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers. In the film, it is described as a used Mount Prospect police car that replaced
a Cadillac, which Elwood Blues traded for a microphone. The Bluesmobile was equipped with the "440 Magnum" squad car
package that was offered by Dodge for the Monaco. Its license plate was an Illinois plate reading, "BDR 529", a tribute
to the Black Diamond Riders of Toronto, Canada at 529 Jarvis Street. Dan Aykroyd, co-writer of the film, stated that he
chose the 440 Dodge Monaco because he considered it to be the hottest car used by police during the 1970s. In describing
the car to his brother, Jake, Elwood said, "It's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It's got cop tires, cop
suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas." The Bluesmobile
has the ability to perform seemingly impossible stunts, such as jumping over an open drawbridge, flipping backwards in
midair and even "flying" for very brief periods of time.
"Your women... I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters. Sell them to me. Sell me your children!"
I've always been a huge fan of the movie, in fact it's my favorite. In October 2011, I visited a friend in
Detroit, MI. They are big into the "star car" scene, and have several movie rides of their own (a KITT
from Knight Rider, an ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, etc). One car they didn't have in their collection was
a Bluesmobile. Long story short, they inspired me to create my own Bluesmobile replica, and here it is.
It's so much fun to ride around in. It's sure to turn heads and make a big impression at your next event!