Police cars

Police cars : Rover/Land Rover

Police cars : Rover/Land Rover

Although earlier Rovers such as the P4 and P5 were certainly used by various police forces, the British Leyland-era P6 and SD1 became almost synonymous with the term ‘jam sandwich’, referring to dayglo orange stripe carried by motorway patrol cars.

Police cars : Mini

Police cars : Mini

Being nippy and economical, Minis were mainly used as Panda cars, although some forces elected to use the Cooper versions as Patrol cars. Mini A Befordshire Mini Panda car photographed in the late 1960s. Mini Cooper A Mini Cooper S MkII Patrol car. Mini Cooper S A Mini Cooper S Patrol car. American Mini Interesting […]

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Police cars : Austin

Police cars : Austin

Austin 1100/1300 Panda cars were a common sight in the 1970s, as were Metro Area cars in the 1980s. Less common in Police hands were the 1800 ‘Land crab’ and short-lived 3-litre. Austin A95 Westminster An A95 Westminster in service with the Cornwall Police Force, photographed at Bodmin in 1956. Austin A40 Farina A Birmingham […]

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Police cars : Morris

Police cars : Morris

The Morris Minor was a very popular Panda car throughout the 1960s. Also shown here is what must be one of the rarest of police cars, the Morris 1800, which was sold for just seven months before being relauched as the Princess. Morris Minor A Metropolitan Police Force Morris Minor Panda car. A Morris Minor […]

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Police cars : MG

Police cars : MG

These days it’s hard to imagine the police zipping around in a two-seater sports car, but from the 1930s through to the 1960s, some of them did just that. Today’s MG-driving policemen are more likely to find themselves at the wheel of an estate car… MGA 1962 MGA operated by the Lancashire Traffic Section. MGB […]

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Police cars : Wolseley

Police cars : Wolseley

The Police’s loyalty to the Wolseley marque was remarkably strong right up to the mid-1960s. In fact, watch any British black & white crime film, and you’ll probably see one of these before too long. Wolseley 6/80 A mid-1950s Wolseley 6/80 used for police publicity work. Wolseley 6/90 A 1956 Wolseley 6/90 in service with […]

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Police cars : Jaguar

Police cars : Jaguar

It takes one to catch one: in fact, some British police forces were using Jaguar saloons as early as the 1940s, but they came into their own as motorway patrol cars. In the pre-BMH/Leyland era, Daimler SP250s and even Jaguar E-types also found their way onto certain police fleets. Jaguar S-Type A 1968 Jaguar S-Type […]

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Police cars : Triumph

Police cars : Triumph

Like their counterparts Rover, Triumph had long been suppliers of cars to the Police, ableit less prodigiously, for many years prior to the 1968 merger. Here we see a couple of models that were still in demand during the 1970s. Triumph Dolomite A Triumph Dolomite of the West Yorkshire Force. Triumph 2000/2500 A Metropolitan Police […]

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Essay : Policing from behind the wheel

Essay : Policing from behind the wheel

News that the UK’s last MG police car has been pensioned off* surely merits that oft overused ‘end of an era’ phrase. ‘MG Rover and out’ about sums it up – and it prompted a mixture of memories from ex-police PR officer Roger Blaxall who worked for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Lancashire Constabulary from […]