The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Jake: Car’s got a lot of pick-up.

Elwood: It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. A model made before catalytic converters… so it’ll run good on regular gas.





Jake and Elwood Blues, the two white rascals are dying for blues music. In the life of this duo in black suits, black hats and black shades there suddenly comes the moment when all their sins could be forgiven. They learn that the orphanage they were raised in is about to be demolished. The prayers of sister Mary won’t help here, only a shitload of dollars. The Blues Brothers decide to put their old blues band back together and raise the money by staging a couple of gigs. However, things don’t turn out the way they were supposed to. Among other things, they manage to transform a great many of Chicago’s police car fleet and those of the state of Illinois into wrecks.

This movie is a fantastic blend of buddy movies, road movies and musicals, where the car factory Chrysler was cast in a major role: 13 specimens of the Bluesmobile (a second generation 1974 Dodge Monaco) and 90 of the police cars (mostly also Dodges, more specifically 1977 Royal Monacos) are smashed to bits. This movie held the record for quite some time for the highest number of vehicles wrecked.

The Bluesmobile has since then become an icon. While the model itself – regardless of its performance – wasn’t considered extraordinary, in the decades following the movie plenty of ‘73 Monacos were bought for the sole reason of turning them into Bluesmobiles.

The chasing fleet consisted of cars that were one model year younger, where the adjective “Royal“ indicated the size, which was the follow-up to the C platform, full-size dimension but actually a completely new vehicle. With catalytic converters… maybe that was the reason they could never catch the Blues Brothers?

Publish: 2017-09-18 | Category: Movie cars