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 in service with the Metropolitan Police Force.

Jaguar XJ6

A West Yorkshire Jaguar XJ6, photographed on a closed stretch of motorway in 1972.

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  1. Talk about a built in headwind! Looks as if it would take the 4.2 down to 2.8 performance levels.

  2. Saw an XJ40 police car in Aberdeen in the early 1990s. It had ‘PC’ next to the number plate.

    • SUU is a London number and all most certainly belonged to J division based at Rigg Approach District Garage in 1968-70 and I proberly worked on it!

  3. I OWN WGK 465G AN EX MET CAR, BLACK HAVE HAD IT SINCE 1978.still running.

    • I am a retired ex-Met P.C. and am looking for a Met Jaguar S-Type to restore to service condition. Should you ever consider parting with “465”, then I would be very interested to hear from you.
      Kind regards, Robbie Robson, 173385.

  4. Hi,
    I own WGK 498G which, I understand was the very last white S-type ‘traffic car”. It was not registered until January 1969. There is a later black “area” car on the circuit but mine probably never left London and was fitted with a low ratio rear differential. Very quick off the mark but ran out of puff above 70mph – and the consumption! Needles to say I have changed that but have kept the original. I have not (sorry) restored it to police spec as I wanted something more traditional. Restoration is ongoing but hopefully back on the road this year.

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