Metropolitan Police Service
Four BMW RS’s and a Land Rover from the Special Escort Group seen at Biggin Hill airport after escorting the Prime Minister to his aircraft
Greater Manchester Police
Ford Capri 2.8i Special
This 1986 car saw service in the Tameside area of Manchester based at Ashton-under-Lyne between 1986 and 1989. The car was disposed of by the force when it entered civilian life. The car has had a number of private owners until it was discovered and a full restoration began in 2018 to reinstate it to its police livery.
Metropolitan Police Service
This P38 Range Rover was one of a small fleet of police demonstrators loaned by Land Rover to various UK forces. It was then sold to the Met in 1997 and used until 2003 as a traffic car. It is seen here prior to the original livery being restored.
Portsmouth City Police
This replica vehicle was a dog unit. The van had two-tone horns fitted when most other vehicles at the time still used a bell. Each dog handler had their own vehicle that they customised to their liking. The car has a 1.1 litre engine producing 48 bhp.
Rover SD1 3500
This 1980s traffic car has been expertly and perfectly restored back to factory condition by James Wade. When the automotive engineering graduate bought the car in 2012 it was in a poor state. Incalculable hours and a lot of money later, it was a star of the show at Birmingham’s NEC classic car show in 2018.
Police Mobile Column from 1966. This is the only preserved mobile police column vehicle still on the road. The description refers to its use in the Cold War civil defence force that was intended to patrol the UK in the event of a nuclear attack. It was delivered to the Home Office in 1967 but the force was disbanded a year later and the Gipsy was passed to Hampshire Police. After some use, it was superseded by the Ford Transit and so went into storage. After passing through a few private hands, it returned to the UK from Ireland in 2016 and underwent re-liverying back into its original 1966/7 livery. It has never been restored! The interior is totally original and the vehicle has covered less than 6,000 miles in its long life. It is even still using the original exhaust. It is a real time-warp vehicle.
Land Rover Series II
Dating from 1960. This vehicle spent most of its life in the Middle East in Jordan, Aden and Cyprus. In 1993 the Queen road in the back to the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Cyprus. It was used as a VIP escort vehicle in Cyprus before being sold to a private owner in Cyprus. Later it was handed back to the RAF who transported it to the UK and used it at RAF Halton in Aylesbury. Following a move to Portsmouth and 12 years stored in a damp garage it was most recently moved to RAF Honington in Suffolk where it has been partly restored.