Blues Brothers Tribute: 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco – Sold?
June 6, 2021 Update – while this Blues Brothers tribute “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet. For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
April 26, 20921 Update – Fast forward one year and imagine our surprise when we came across a new listing for this Blues Brothers tribute car once again listed for sale on Criagslist in Hamburg, New York (Buffalo). Last year, many readers thought the $19,500 asking price was well above the value of this otherwise cheap classic. We will be interested to see whether the easing of pandemic restrictions combined with a lower $16,500 asking price will help this Kaaaahhp Kaahhr find a new caretaker.
April 15, 2020 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this Blues Brother Tribute “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” until we come across a fresh listing.
Question: How do you turn a collector car currently worth $2,150 on a good day into a car somebody might be willing to pay ten times more for? Answer: Turn it into a Blues Brothers tribute car! That’s exactly what the current caretaker of this 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco currently offered for sale in March 2020 on Craigslist in Buffalo, New York with an asking price of $19,500. Researching the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his tribute car priced well above the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of only $650, $1,400, and $2,150, respectively.
Normally, we’d nominate such a price difference as a candidate for our “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award, however in this case we think its perfectly justified to the point we’re ready to the current restrictions imposed in New York State and head back to my home town to buy this car and physically visit my mom in the process.
While in normal times, this “Hollywood Star Car” as the seller calls it will get you a lot of attention anywhere you decide to drive it, in these challenging days of social distancing, this Monaco has practicality: we can’t think of a better way to use the P.A. system included on this car than to tell people you still see on the streets how you really feel about their selfishness and lack of concern for others.
About the only item that disappoints on this tribute car is the fitting of a small block 318 versus a big block 440 to be true to the original. The seller states it’s a 318 “KAAHP” motor, so you’ll need to confirm whether it’s topped with a four-barrel carburetor and 360 cylinder heads.
In case you don’t recall it, here is the opening scene from the Blues Brothers movie where Jake asks why Elwood picks him up at Joliet prison in a KAAHP car. You can fast forward to 1:40 to see the credits. Otherwise, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1977 Dodge Royal Monaco, Blues Brothers Car, 318 Cop Motor, Auto, Air, PA Speaker, Side Speakers for Parades, Enjoy this Hollywood Star Car at Parades, Cruise Nights, Car Shows and other Displays.”
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