It’s been a great afternoon…you took the machine into work instead of the daily, you got off early, and you are on your way to wherever you’re going that isn’t the good old J-O-B. The engine is humming, you’re caught up in the moment…and then your high is crashed down to Earth in flaming wreckage by the sound we all know well: “whoop-whoop!” The lights are turning your rear-view mirrors into some kind of disco-ball attack device, your wallet starts to cry, and you have no choice but to pull over to the side of the road and to find out just what you did that Johnny Law did not approve of.
Being pulled over sucks for the most part. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a warning, maybe even a compliment on your car and you’ll be on your way. But while you are waiting for the cop to finish up what has to be the final few chapters of War and Peace while you wait, have you ever found yourself going over the car they were driving when they pulled you over in? Maybe not, if you’ve been ticketed in the last fifteen years. Once you’ve seen one Crown Victoria, you’ve seen them all. But maybe you got your first look at a Caprice PPV, or for you older types, remember when the cop car that pulled you over was more intimidating than the cop was.
This isn’t a “which cop car is the best?” scenario, either. View it like this: you got caught dead to rights, so which car would you want Officer Friendly driving when he pulled you over? It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone when it comes to my selection: 1975 Dodge Coronet Pursuit. I know the Polara/Monaco from a few years earlier was “the” patrol car, but the Coronet has a few things going for it: the B-platform, which means the Roadrunner had a very serious cousin, offered up handling and a lighter package than the C-platform Polara did; the 440ci RB big-block and 727 were still available, which meant that even when smog-choked, the Dodge could still hang; and durability, the reason I like the “late-B” body Mopars in the first place. Just watch any late 1970s-early 1980s police chase scene and you’ll understand what I mean by that.
Anything goes. Mustang SSP? Caprice 9C1? One of Dubai’s exotic fleet? Movie car? Let’s hear it!