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D439 KVM A Ford Capri traffic policing car, sister…

D439 KVM A Ford Capri traffic policing car, sister vehicle of the one above. This preserved vehicle looks exactly as it did when it was in service with Greater Manchester Police in the 1980s.
One of the trademarks of 80’s traffic police cars was the enormous rear police sign. You can see here how it looks like a spoiler and lights up with ‘police’ on the left hand side and can show ‘stop’ in red on the right.
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LAR 988C This Ford Anglia dates from 1965 and…

LAR 988C This Ford Anglia dates from 1965 and was made famous by appearing in many episodes of the vintage police television show Heartbeat. Notice the white doors and front half of the roof. There is also a ‘police’ roofbox fitted with a blue flashing beacon on top. This type of box and beacon set-up was in use on UK police cars through to the mid 1990s.
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MWA 721P This icon of the 1970s is a Rover…

MWA 721P This icon of the 1970s is a Rover P6 3500. Popular with police forces across the country, this example was with South Yorkshire Police. The ‘3500’ in its name refers to the 3500 cc V8 engine that powered this car. Notice the police roof box, with blue rotating beacon on the top and two rear-facing red lights attached to the sides.
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A152 SUW This is a Metropolitan Police Rover SD1…

A152 SUW This is a Metropolitan Police Rover SD1 3500. This car was a common site throughout the UK in the late 1970s and 1980s. It has two rotating beacons on the roof, as well an an illuminable ‘police’ sign mounted on the bonnet, between the headlights. Up the sides are red and yellow stripes and the Met’s logo. This livery was used up until the late 1990s.
The rear view of the same SD1. Notice that a large ‘spolier’ sign that has been fitted which illuminates ‘police’ and optionally ‘stop’. The Rover SD1 is often regarded as the best traffic policing car of its era. The Met actually stockpiled them when they heard Rover were to stop making them.
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BAP 886K A MG B GT police car. Currently being…

BAP 886K A MG B GT police car. Currently being privately preserved, this 1971 example is displaying an optional ‘wide load’ sign for escorting large vehicles. This type of car was used for traffic policing duties, but didn’t really have enough carrying capacity.
The rear view of the same car. Notice the illuminable stop sign on the rear bumper. When not on display, the police sign and blue light are removed to stay legal on the roads.
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