Aykroyd said that he held onto a marked Illinois State Police car.
"I drove it around Manhattan for three years with it fully marked, the lights, sirens, everything," Aykroyd recalled. "That was my car, I would go on dates in that car. I went out on a date with a Broadway actress Betty Buckley. I asked her on a date and picked her up in that car."
And true to form "Nobody batted an eye [in New York]," he said.
"[They would think] 'There's the Illinois state police, guess they dropped off a prisoner or something,'" he said. "I was never stopped, it sat outside in a parking lot for years. No plates except municipal government, fake plates that we had on the prop cars."
So he didn't keep a Bluesmobile, he kept a cop car. Does this mean the search for the original is over and done?
1975 Dodge Adventurer Sport and a 1975 Dodge Monaco Sedan, both with Big Block 440 V8s and 850 Thermoquads. Living the dream!
Post by Steam McQueen on Jul 1, 2015 18:34:41 GMT -5
- Are there any other pics of that Royal Monaco from the funeral? There was also, apparently, a Bluesmobile present that day. Any pics of that floating around? I don't actually recall what the Bluesmobile was they had at the funeral.
Is that the Royal Monaco, from the funeral, that was painted as a Blumo and wound up on eBay? I remember some weird story associated with that one.
No Bluesmobile at the funeral. Over the years, and in one or two news articles specifically, that IL State car became confused with a Bluesmobile. I do have another shot or two, that I'll have to dig up. Also a story from the two people who were assigned to drive it that day. (They wore Blues brothers suits which probably helped to confuse the news stories)
- The car which was repainted and on ebay had a blue stripe under the paint, indicating it was a Chicago car. It was the car which was traced back to, and ended the long standing rumor about D.Aykroyd keeping an original Blusmobile and giving it to his brother-in-law, R.Dixon. (Which he did not)