2013 Emergency Vehicle Show: 1974 Dodge Monaco Police Car – “It’s got a cop motor, a four hundred and forty cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks, it’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas.”

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This is a 1974 Dodge Monaco police car that was restored by the Lapeer County Deputies’ Association. I don’t know if it started out as a police car or not, but it sure does look familiar, probably because of another movie car, the Bluesmobile from the original Blues Brothers movie starring Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi. The 1974 Dodge Monaco cop car will forever be immortalized with Ackroyd’s famous line, “It’s got a cop motor, a four hundred and forty cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks, it’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas.” Actually, post the 1973 oil crisis, not many police departments ordered the big block 440, most Monaco police cars had the 360 V8 (Allpar has all you’d ever want to know about mid-1970s Mopar police cars). A little bit of internet research shows that 13 different Monacos were used in the filming of the movie. More internet research says 8. Some say they were bought as surplus from the California Highway Patrol and repainted to look like the Mount Prospect, Illinois PD’s cars, per where Elwood tells Jake where he bought the car after trading the original Bluesmobile, a Caddy we never see, for a harmonica microphone. Other sources say they were bought from the Chicago PD. Some sources say none survive. Others say that they were all crushed except for one owned by Ackroyd himself. Let’s just say the story is unclear. One original “Bluesmobile” does actually exist, the very detailed fiberglass scale model used to film the scene when the car does a flip.

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