Is the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze the new Dodge Monaco? Perhaps not, but a Cruze was recently decked out in tribute to The Blues Brothers, essentialy serving as the Monaco's replacement for a pair of Elwood and Jake imposters.
Chevrolet UK unveiled its birthday present to itself -- which it calls the "Cruzer" -- yesterday during the all-American Cruise-in at London's Ace Cafe, in London. While that might not mean anything to Americans, the Ace Cafe is iconic in the United Kingdom as the drive-in hang-out of choice for car guys and bikers alike in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, before being shut down, and then reopened in 2001.
The one-off 2012 Chevy Cruzer is painted in the same black and white police livery as the Mount Prospect Police 1974 Dodge Monaco that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi drove on their mission from God in The Blues Brothers. While a Cruze might not pass as a suitable replica of the Bluesmobile in the United States (we think a cop-spec Dodge Charger R/T is much more in line with the original Bluesmobile), for a country whose law enforcement officers regularly rely on Vauxhall Astras and Volvo V70s, the Cruzer -- on steel wheels, no less -- somehow suffices. Pity it doesn't actually sport a cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension, and cop shocks. We're not sure Jake would approve.
The unveiling of the Cruzer apparently wasn’t the only semi-blasphemous show of the evening, as Chevy also renamed a Blues Brothers tribute band to (you guessed it) the “Cruze Brothers," which then performed a two-hour set of music used in the film.
Though Chevrolet has said that the Cruzer will remain a one-off, it might be popular enough to go on tour. There’s no sign of that tour making its way stateside, but we imagine many a Brit hopping behind the wheel and uttering, “It's 3963 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.” Hit it.
Source: Chevrolet UK