One of the coolest cars ever is the black and white California Highway Patrol car, immortalised by Jake and Elwood Blues in The Blues Brothers.
“It’s got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?” asks Elwood Blues, played by Dan Ackroyd.
“Fix the cigarette lighter,” says Jake.
If you grew up watching Police, Camera, Action footage of stickered-up police hatchbacks being dropped by stolen Subaru Imprezas, you don’t know what the old days were like. Back then, cops had proper cars: ChiPs had big block sedans, holidays in England would highlight motorway Jags and Range Rovers, while occasional jaunts into Germany brought out the Porsches.
No street Porsche has cooler paint than the white and green of Polizei. Even the humble 944 leaps to a different league when painted “you’re nicked” colours. Don’t like those comedy roof lights much though – think we need a slimmer version.
I’ve always gone big on police cars, with a soft spot for CHP resto wagons brought to UK car shows. I’ve got a white 944 just like this one, sitting in a farmyard waiting to be restored, so will I one day be the fiftysomething Porsche guy with the 944 police car? Stranger things have happened.