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Buick/Olds/Pontiac Police Cars

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here are a couple shots - I know there is a shot out there of a couple 72 LeSabre police cars when new, can't put my finger on them.

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

1971 Genesee County (Michigan) Sheriff's Department cars -- Buick LeSabres:

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Guest my3buicks

Guess my memory was off a bit, there are 4 and they are 71's LOL

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1977 was about it for dedicated police packages from Pontiac, with the Smokey & the Bandit car being one of the very last. See: Pontiac Police Cars And Taxis - High Performance Pontiac .

However that didn't stop some jurisdictions from thinking they could save money by buying standard service cars and converting them. Pittsburgh had an entire fleet of fwd Bonneville police cars throughout the late 1980s. My uncle was a police sergeant with them at the time, and according to him they all HATED those cars. Apparently any given car was lucky to last 6 months or 20K miles before the transmission would give out, and it was very common for cops to report for their shift and not have any wheels to patrol with.

But it looked like they were keeping taxes low, and that's all that mattered.:rolleyes:

I'm glad this thread came back up. I was recently reading a thread ( Olds and Pontiac Police Cars found during a google search) on the GM Inside News site. I was reminded that at this time the Pittsburgh Police also used Oldsmobile 88s as police cars, to the same effect. An internet search for a picture of either one was fruitless. They are conspicuously absent.

It was during this time (1988-1992) that I was the hazardous waste inspector for the PA Dept. of Environmental Resources for the City of Pittsburgh area, and twice inspected the City Maintenance Garage for these cars. It was amazing to see these things practically stacked around like cord wood waiting for parts.

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As a retired Nassau Co. PD P.O. on Long Island, the fleets were replenished as needed ( not all at once) based on mileage and cost of repair. In 1969 we ordered Chevy Biscaynes. In 1970 Ford Galaxies w/ 390s. That stopped when cops were putting 'em around trees. In 1971 to 73 Fury Is. In 1974 Pontiac Lemans. For a few years Plymouth Satellites, until 1980 Dodge Diplomats( Aspen clone) then pretty much Ford Crown Vics until I left in the early 90s. Since then I see mostly Impalas. Most Police depts. avoided front wheel drive due to the cost of maintaining and repair. No choice anymore. The PD not like the Lemans'. They were very fast, but the seats deteriorated, windows had no framing and the weatherstripping fell apart. This was most anoying, because the clamshelled windows let alot of rain in, requiring officers to wear raincoats inside the car as not to get their left shoulder wet. Spark plugs had to be removed through the wheel wells with the wheels removed, time consuming. Rear compartments were smaller than the Fury or Satellites. Alot of stuff is carried back there. Basicly, the Pontiac was just not as durable as the Chrysler offering and the Department never bought any more. Nice family car, however.

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I was looking at the web that a friend of mine works at, ParkPlace Ltd in Bellevue Wa. and they have a 57 Mercury Monterray 2 dr post CHP patrol car restored by a former CHP officer with lights, siren etc for $29,950. They have pics if anyone interested at looking.

Gary:cool:

Bet he had fun with that restoration. The CHP Mercurys had highly a modified suspension, as well as a unique rear axle. Ford outsourced the modifications, which may also have included engine mods to a shop in California... may have been Bill Strope's operation since he was sponsored by Ford and developed the tri-power setup for '58 Mercury 400 hp Super Marauder Engine.

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Yes, our town used the 1960 midsized Dodge Dart as a police car.

In 1957, 58, & 59 our small town used the Ford with a police special package. In 1960 the town purchased midsized Dodge Darts with Chrysler's police package.

In 1960 I worked at the local pharmacy delivering prescriptions in their 1956 Chevy 150 2dr that had a factory 1957 283 4 barrel and manual shift. During this time there were no speed limits in Iowa and the pharmacist had a real led foot.

Each year the pharmacist raced his his Chevy against the Ford Police cars and each year they could not pass him. In 1960, they were able to pass him with the Dodge. I never knew what engine the Dodge had but it would fly.

Our town had 12 or 14 cops and the pharmacist went to school with half of them. I can assure you that the chevy would really run and no 17 year old should have ever driven it.

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Around 1965, I saw my first 'surplus auction' police car at a gas station on Long Island. It was a two-door '61 Ford ex-Nassau County squad car, dark blue on the bottom with an orange roof. I was only 11 years old at the time, but it sparked an interest in surplus auctions that is still with me today. I've had lots of former squad cars over the years!

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Poci1957, you mentioned in your old post back in 2009 about a photo of a Checker Police car. Do you have a link to that photo?

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On the Allpar has Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, and Jeep car, minivan, and truck information website, there are some archived stories by "Curtis Redgap" on Chrysler Corp's police cars ("Squads", as they call them). His family was connected with a Chrysler dealer back then and had lots of interesting stories of how things were in the 1950s. Plus how good the Chrysler metallic "police brakes" were when they first came out. Lots of neat stuff! Good reading!

In the two book on Chrysler police cars, the last one gets into the front wheel drive era of Chrysler. No official USA-spec police cars, but that didn't mean there was not some research going on in that area. In one of the last chapters of that particular book, it talks about a "prototype" fwd Dodge Daytona fwd turbo police car. When it was delivered to the particular police dept "for evaluation", everybody kind of sneered at it. FWD??? You've got to be kidding!

But the kidding stopped when, so the story goes, the Sheriff was running radar and met a speeder on a two-lane road. He instinctively hit the lights and siren as he got turned around and, again instinctively, nailed the throttle. He didn't stop to realize just what he was in. By that time, he looked down and he was running well past 120mph with no problems and still gaining. He smiled and just kept on going. He noted that when the younger driver saw that he'd been caught AND pulled over by a "turbo twinkie Mopar", it really made an impression on him. After that, the Sheriff had to keep the keys in his pocket.

This was the same-body fwd Daytona that was raced in IROC, where the drivers found they could race "door handle to door handle" with no problems, due to the car's very good aerodynamics.

Chrysler never did any official police packages until the LX cars came out, but that didn't stop police depts which had always used Chrysler products from buying Plymouths and Dodges and outfitting them for police work.

One day I was watching a cops/robbers show on UniVision (or similar), which was shot in Mexico. ALL of the police were driving Dodge K-cars. Black and white paint, wide wheels and hubcaps. Even some Ramchargers, too! Looked kind of neat!

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Hey Todd, since most have strayed from BOP, I will tell you that in L.A. county beach areas all the little cities (police & Fire) started using Chevy Suburban's, and Tahoe when the RWD cars went away.

Don

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Not a Buick/Olds/Pontiac but i hope you don´t mind :)

This is my car i travel around in the summer to Swap meets and car shows. 1954 Chrysler New Yorker

/ Jimmy

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Nice pics. Do you have any idea where the Hudson is from? It looks like it says something above the word "Pursuit" but I can't read it....

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Interesting, it's got a SD hood scoop, and Star Chief/Bonneville tail lamps.

Thanks Don, it is interesting. I would bet those items were added on later though, as was the 1966 steering wheel and the redline tires. Unusual car, thanks, Todd

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How in the world I missed this first time around, IDK.

Most local PD around here used Mopar or Ford police cars, though in 1977 Danville City bought a fleet of LeMans with 301s. I understand the cars handled fairly well but could barely get out of their own way with the weenie engine. The local Pontiac store had bought back the first GTO they ever sold and used to take it out and bully the 301 police cars with it. When all the LeMans were worn out, you saw a bunch of Dodge St Regis cop cars here- and it seems the vast majority of those ended up in Hiatt's junkyard. They couldn't even get rid of them at the surplus auctions, they had such a bad rep. The Diplomats that replaced them were apparently better cars than the St Regises. When Chrysler pretty much abandoned the cop car business in early 90s, they switched to 9C1 Caprices as long as they were available.

They're using Malibus and Impalas here now and the cops hate them. One described driving them as like sitting on a toilet seat.

Goes without saying that Lansing MI PD and surrounding counties and townships used Oldsmobile police cars.

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I believe I am correct that the CT State Police also used some Grand Nationals.

John

Ya they did. I remember them driving on the interstates in the center lane at 10 over the speed limit. They had no markings and deep tinted windows.

When guys would blow past them they would get nailed.

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