New Bluesmobile joins Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com movie and TV lineup!

Too many StarCar happenings to keep up, but here’s a new member for 2014!
John G. shot me over a few shots of his “Bluesmobile”. We are always looking for new accurate movie and TV star cars to join in the fun! For those who need to brush up on the “Bluesmobile” here’s some info!

Wiki states –
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 motorcycle club of Toronto, Canada at 529 Jarvis Street.[1] 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.[2]

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.
Jake and Elwood with the Bluesmobile

It's not a Bluesmobile, without the giant speaker!

It’s not a Bluesmobile, without the giant speaker!

"On a mission from God"

“On a mission from God”

The film used 13 different cars to depict the Bluesmobile, all of which were former police cars purchased from the California Highway Patrol, and were mocked up to look like ex-Mount Prospect, Illinois patrol cars. Some were formatted for speed, and others in jumps or high-performance maneuvers, depending on the scene. One was designed simply to fall apart upon its arrival at the Daley Center. A mechanic took several months to rig the car for that scene. The production kept a 24-hour body shop open for repairing the multiple cars used in the film.[3]

At the time of the film’s release, it held the world record for the most cars destroyed in one film until it was surpassed by its own sequel.[3]

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