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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AJ05 DWF The BTP in London were operating this…

AJ05 DWF The BTP in London were operating this Ford Focus in 2005. It is a demonstrator from Ford for the force to evaluate. Notice how there is no mention of the name of the force using the vehicle (so it can be moved around easily) and the ‘Ford Demonstrator’ logo on the rearmost side windows. Another indicator is that the registration starts ‘AJ’, which is not a London prefix.
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