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 the dayglo orange stripe carried by motorway patrol cars.
The 825 and 827 then went on to become popular traffic cars but, beyond that, the 75 never really gained traction with the boys in blue, aside from a few cameo appearances on the TV.
West Midlands Police Rover 3500 V8 patrol car
West Yorkshire Police Rover 3500
A 1986 Rover Sterling company demonstrator with Coventry number plates
A 1993 Rover 800 (revised version) in service with Devon and Cornwall Police
Rover 75 starred in the first episode of BBC TV’s Life on Mars
Rovers were a Midsomer Murders mainstay, with the voice of MG Rover himself, John Nettles piloting them in many episodes
A 1973 Metropolitan Police Force Land Rover
A 1970 Range Rover in service with the Kent Constabulary
A 1978 Range Rover in service with the Wiltshire Constabulary
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