The year was 1967, The Doors had just released their debut album and “Light My Fire” was #1. As a thank you Elektra Records gave Jim Morrison a ‘67 Mustang Shelby GT500 in Nightmist Blue, Jimbo affectionately called her “The Blue Lady”.
2 years later Morrison produced, wrote and starred in the never to be released “HWY: An American Pastoral”. An experimental film shot in the Direct Cinema style, the opening footage features him driving The Blue Lady on Route 66 in the Mojave Desert.
Over 40 years later (2009) the documentary “The Doors: When You’re Strange”, is released and narrated by Johnny Depp. Making brillant use of the restored “HWY: An American Patoral” the documentary opens with Jim driving his Blue Lady, listening to his own death announcement on the radio: “Jim Morrison, leader singer for The Doors was found dead in his Paris apartment this morning. Morrison was 27 years old. Good bye Jim, we’ll miss you.”
At some point prior to Morrison’s death in ‘71 the Blue Lady vanished without a trace. The California DMV database confirms the car has not been registered since October 1969. Numerous theories exist about her fate, the most common being that Morrison parked it at an airport hanger to be stored and it was later sold to cover unpaid storage fees. Others believe Jim crashed it late at night on Sunset Blvd, abandoning it he set off on foot to The Whiskey A-Go-Go to continue his evening.
Nevertheless, the ‘67 Mustang registered to Morrison James Douglas c/o Johnson/Harband license plate VRD389 has never been found, and his management firm Johnson/Harband has never been contacted in regards to the Blue Lady’s whereabouts. All that remains of her are images on celluloid and the registration card.