'It's that shitbox Dodge again' - The Bluesmobile

Words: Scott Blackburn

Composed to: Reel Big Fish - Candy Coated Fury


There's only one car that can say that it's simultaneously avoided the cops and a gang of neo-Nazis before spontaneously disintegrating outside the Cook County Building, and it used to be a cop car itself. This impressively sturdy piece of '70s American engineering is what's known as the Bluesmobile, and is surprisingly versatile for a 'shitbox Dodge'.


The car that became known as the Bluesmobile was originally a decommissioned Mount Prospect police car, a 1974 Dodge Monaco. It was bought at auction by one Elwood Blues, after the previous Bluesmobile had been traded in for a microphone, not a bad trade when you consider that old model was a 1968 Caddy Sixty Special, not exactly a mover.


Perhaps the best way to sum up the replacement Bluesmobile is by saying that it's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It's got cop tyres, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. Seems like a perfectly succinct way of describing it, just came to me.


The Dodge Bluesmobile managed to perform an impressive array of stunts too, proving it was more than just your average Monaco. Shortly after being used to collect Jake Blues from prison it miraculously jumped a bridge and then later during its life with the brothers evaded cops, neo-Nazis and even flew for a short period of time.


So if you're ever on the run people trying to stop you paying property tax on the orphanage where you grew up and need a ride, maybe consider the Bluesmobile. You'll just have to reassemble it first, oh and fix the cigarette light, Jake never did get round to doing that, it's probably still lying by the roadside somewhere.