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 Police Austin A40 Farina Panda car, photographed at Erdington in 1966.
A Staffordshire ADO16 Panda car pictured at a snowy Cannock Chase in the winter of 1968.
Another Staffordshire car, this time an Austin 1800 ‘Landcrab’, also photographed in 1968.
Austin A110 Westminster
A Warwickshire A99 Westminster Traffic Patrol car, pictured at Leamington Spa.
A West Riding Austin 3-litre Patrol car.
An Allegro Panda car, photographed at the 2002 Enfield Auto Pageant. (Picture kindly supplied by Alexander Boucke)
A Dutch police Metro.
The Montego was used in 1.6 form by several police forces until around 1990, and in Jersey until the mid-1990s. The Maestro 1.3 was also used as a Panda car during the 1980s and early 1990s, featuring the better, Montego-style front seats from 1989. (Picture and information kindly supplied by Neil Turner)
A few forces, notably London’s Metropolitan, also used MG Maestros and Montegos.
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