BLUES BROTHER’S BLUESMOBILE RE-DISCOVERED
In an unexpected development while traveling in northern Mississippi, I chanced upon a true movie relic. One of the original Bluesmobiles used by Aykroyd and Belushi in “The Blues Brothers” first movie was found safe and still drivable.
The clunky 1974 Dodge Monaco 440 Magnum, ex-Mount Prospect Police car was found sitting along Highway 49 (the Blues Road) just outside of Clarksdale, MS. (Click on the photos to enlarge). The story of how the car got to this place is an interesting one. Seems it was originally given to a blues club in New Orleans (Hard Rock Café or House of Blues, the story is fuzzy), but through some misunderstanding or just a plain slight the car was driven out of the Big Easy and given to the owners of Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale instead.
Dan Aykroyd himself is said to have driven the car to Hopson and it just did make the journey having experienced some type of mechanical problem along the way. In any case, here it sits at the Commissary at Hopson. Seemingly abandoned and looking forlorn.
Aykroyd is said to have gone into Clarksdale looking for someone to take possession of the car after the long drive. He told his story to a lady at some restaurant, who did not know who he was and refused him a meal due to the late hour. Ahh! more intrigue and legend surrounding this car.
Movie buffs will remember that the police car was a “magic car” and could perform feats like jumping draw bridges in the full upright position. It also had that great speaker system on top of the car, which allowed blues music to be played while cruising the ‘hood. Well, that speaker still exists and occasionally makes its way back on top of the Monaco.
The interior of the car is in pretty good shape, but the exterior shows the wear of movie making and almost 30 years of just sitting around in the weather. The original decals and paint are intact, as well as the bullbar on the front, so this looks like an original Bluesmobile.
I really enjoyed seeing this totally unexpected piece of cult-film memorabilia. Post some comments and let me know about your memories of the movie and the car.
FOR SOME MORE PICTURES OF THIS CAR GO TO youtube “Modern Blues Harmonica 120” and view the video by Adam Gussow.
IF YOU ARE INTO THE BLUES READ MY BLOG ABOUT A LITTLE KNOWN JUKE JOINT IN CLEMSON,SC THAT WAS HOST TO SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS. See “Littlejohn’s Grill; Clemson’s Blues Remembered.”