The Chicago Bluesmobile
“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. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?” - Elwood Blues
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy starring the late John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues.
The brothers were conceived as an opening musical act to warm-up the audience attending broadcasts of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Finally when they were given the opportunity to appear on the actual show in character, Belushi and Aykroyd insisted on being billed as The Blues Brothers, therefore circumventing NBC and Saturday Night Live’s ownership of the characters. They never appeared as The Blues Brothers in any of the comedy sketches!
Based on the popularity of The Blues Brothers musical appearances on Saturday Night Live, Steve Martin asked Aykroyd and Belushi to be his opening musical act for a series of arena shows he was headlining. The popularity of these appearances led to the movie being made and as they say, the rest is history!
The Chicago Bluesmobile is a movie accurate replica of the former Mt. Prospect, Illinois police car that Elwood purchased at auction prior to Jake’s release from prison. Much to Jakes dismay, after he found out Elwood traded the original Bluesmobile (a Cadillac) for a microphone (which he understood), since he found it insulting that his own brother would pick him up from prison in a police car!
The Chicago Bluesmobile started life as a 1976 Dodge Royal Monaco that was purchased in late 2016 and converted into The Chicago Bluesmobile over the course of a six month period, making its debut a charity car show in May of 2017 that benefitted the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
The work involved in converting a 1976 Royal Monaco into a 1974 Base Monaco was extensive and used a combination of NOS parts, gently used parts, and custom fabrication.
All of the conversion work was performed by The Chicago Bluesmobiles owner, Brian Scanlon.