The Blues Brothers’ Bluesmobile

The Bluesmobile

BDR 529. That’s the license plate of the Blues Brother’s (nearly) indestructible 1974 Dodge Monaco, the Bluesmobile, which starred in the 1980 Blues Brothers film. As Elwood said to Jake:

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.

We spotted the real thing recently in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Well, maybe it wasn’t the actual car from the movie, but it was a real cop car with all the right stuff including the police ‘Pursuit Vehicle’ badge.

1974 Dodge Monaco police car

Pursuit Vehicle badge

More than just a replica, this car looked like it might have chased down a few perps in it’s day, judging from the original equipment inside, including the SCMODS (State County Municipal Offender Data System) display:

interior of bluesmobile 070

Note also the 140 mph speedometer. More info on 74 Monaco cop cars is here.

140 mph speedo in bluesmobile

Best of all, the Blues Brothers were there for the car show.  Well, almost… they were a really cool tribute act by the name of Blues Brothers Too. Check them out live at the car show: