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  • Cool Video...Restored 1961 CHP Dodge Polara

    Ran up on this as I was surfing YouTube over lunch...Jay Leno's Garage featured an immaculately restored '61 CHP Polara this week. Cool Video. Nothing sounds as good as one of those big old four barrels sucking air when you put your foot in it!

    It's just shy of 30 minutes long, but it's a pretty decent half hour.

    Enjoy!



  • #2
    pretty cool

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    • #3
      I think that was L-1's police car:
      I make my living on Irish welfare.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by reils49 View Post
        I think that was L-1's police car:
        Very easily could have been one of SgtCHP's cars (RIP Tom)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
          Very easily could have been one of SgtCHP's cars (RIP Tom)
          Yea, it could've been!
          I make my living on Irish welfare.

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          • #6
            The attention to performance that the original spec car had is, well, touching. I don't know how else to put it. These days our patrol vehicles may be outfitted differently for convenience features but it seems CHP actually wanted a vehicle that could give other performance cars a run for their money.

            My current department has a no-chase policy. I often wonder if I was born in the wrong decade.

            Thanks for posting this video.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by reils49 View Post
              I think that was L-1's police car:
              I prefer the old, pre-merger patrol cars

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              • #8
                Is that Plymouth Belvedere?
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                • #9
                  Jay Leno's Garage is way better than the Tonight Show ever was. You can tell how much more passionate he is about cars than celebrities.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by reils49 View Post
                    Is that Plymouth Belvedere?
                    We're talking 1971 and I can't remember that far back. All I do remember is in my office we had Fords and that model and that one was the most popular. That particular unit met its untimely end in a head on crash with some woman who was driving the wrong way on a one way street in San Francisco.
                    Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by L-1 View Post
                      We're talking 1971 and I can't remember that far back. All I do remember is in my office we had Fords and that model and that one was the most popular. That particular unit met its untimely end in a head on crash with some woman who was driving the wrong way on a one way street in San Francisco.
                      Gotcha. I always liked those old police cars.... We still have one of these parked in the garage at the station for special events.

                      '66 Plymouth Fury

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                      • #12
                        I bought a "57 Plymouth Fury retired FL Highway Patrol car back in '59... scary fast. I replaced the 4 barrel carb with six two barrel's on an Offenhauser manifold and Crane cam, turned scary fast into OMG.
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                        • #13
                          Our department has a '57 Ford patrol car. I've driven it a few times, and would hate to run Code 3 in it. Slow, floating handling, weak brakes that fade wuickly, manual steering. Great to look at, but that's it.

                          We put it on display next to our airplane at the local airshow every year. Guess which one gets all the attention?
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