There may not be another car quite as famous as the Bluesmobile: the 1974 Dodge Monaco that served as the all-important getaway car for brothers Elwood and Jake Blues in the 1980 cult hit The Blues Brothers. The Bluesmobile performed magnificent feats for an automobile, including a back flip and successfully jumping an opening drawbridge.
Here’s a clip from this legendary movie for old times’ sake:
Heavy with vehicle chases and stunts, it took a lot of work and cars to film this movie. Here are four fascinating facts about the Bluesmobile and its vehicle co-stars:
- The Bluesmobile was actually a fleet of Dodge Monacos – 12 to be exact. The Monacos were all purchased from the California Highway Department, but were made to look like the old police car from Mt. Prospect, Illinois that Elwood buys at an auction. An additional 60 police cars were purchased by the film to be used as police cars in the chase scenes.
- The set ran a 24-hour repair shop where mechanics worked to repair the army of cars so that they could continue being used in the shooting of the film.
- At the time the film was shot, it held the record for the most cars destroyed during a film’s production; 103 to be exact, according to the Internet Movie Database.
- The film’s popularity made the Dodge Monaco one of the most desired collectible cars of all time. It’s so rare that even Universal Pictures, the film’s distributor, doesn’t have one. It displays a similar Dodge model instead. It is rumored that the only true Bluesmobile to remain from the film lives in the garage of Dan Aykroyd’s brother-in-law.
While no car can compete with the Bluesmobile, Bryant Motors has a large selection of the newest Dodge Chargers that would give Elwood and Jake a run for their money. Visit our Sedalia show room, serving Sedalia and the surrounding areas of Jefferson City, Warrensburg and Boonville.