Ok, so ours actually has a 360 cubic inch 5.9L V8 Engine, not the 440 as per the movie... and the interior is a different colour.... but other than that, you'll be hard pressed to find a more accurate replica anywhere in the UK. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, there are only seven genuine 1974 Dodge Monacos in the UK, and we believe this is one of the best ones. We have researched the history of our car, and not only have we uncovered all of the photos and story to her becoming a Bluesmobile, but we have also seen her photographed in some famous spots as featured in the original Blues Brothers film.
Originally this car was owned by one careful lady owner who never really used it, and was then bought and converted in the US by a Blues Brothers fan. It was sold once to a dealer and then quickly shipped to the UK where she fell into the wrong hands and was repossessed by the UK government, and sold at auction - where we were luck enough to win her.
Currently having all of those details restored, this 'Blumo' is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go.
Q: Can we take passengers?
A: For weddings, yes. We can carry the Bride or Groom and Best Man to the church - turn up in style! Unfortunately for any other events we cannot offer this due to insurance restrictions.
Q: Can you (the hirer) drive the car?
A: Sadly no, again due to insurance restrictions. Every hire will come complete with driver, or even the boys from the band. Our driver will gladly be dressed in full Blues Brothers attire if required, of course!
Q: Do you cover school proms?
A: No. Again, due to insurance restrictions, Proms, Stag do's and Hen do's etc would mean that we would need to re-register the vehicle as a Private Hire vehicle - effectively a taxi - and every driver would need a PHV licence. We would also then require a PHV operators licence and the vehicle would need to be marked up as a taxi. Weddings, however, are exempt from this - meaning we are happy to get the Bride - or even the Groom and Best Man to church!
Q: How far do you travel?
A: The car is available to hire within a 100 mile radius of Bedford, UK. Please bear in mind that she is costly to run, so our prices reflect the distance to travel and the time from when we leave home to the time we return - i.e, an hour's hire may mean a two hour drive each way for us - so that would therefore be a 5 hour hire.