Tag: Police Car

Retired Montana Highway Patrol Car to Replace Lakeside’s Lucky – Mike Kordenbrock @Flathead Beacon

Retired Montana Highway Patrol Car to Replace Lakeside’s Lucky – Mike Kordenbrock @Flathead Beacon


After the Lakeside Somers Chamber of Commerce announced it would be retiring a fake police car meant to slow down drivers entering town, a group of citizens has succeeded in lining up a replacement

Lucky, the decoy police car parked along U.S. Highway 93 in Lakeside on Sept. 21, 2022. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

For the last 14 years a black and white 1995 Ford Crown Victoria has sat alongside Highway 93 in the west shore town of Lakeside, typically near the bottom of one of the steep inclines that lead into the Flathead Lake adjacent community to its north and south. 

Called “Lucky,” the former police car from Polson is outfitted with a light bar on top, six-point badge stickers, and a decal saying “Lakeside Decoy.” A mannequin named Omar sits in the car, watching the road and, ideally, looking enough like an actual police officer in a patrol car that speeding drivers find the motivation to slow down as they enter town. 

But Lucky has seen better days. A host of mechanical and electrical issues, including the need for a new engine, have piled up, making it difficult to reposition the vehicle during the summer months when locals feel unfamiliar drivers are most in need of a reminder to watch their speedometer as they transition from highway speed into driving through a population center. In September the Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce announced it would be retiring Lucky, but in a social media post said that its legacy would live on as “the hardest working resident on the west shore.”

“This year and last year, he was mostly stagnant because every time we would move him, you would have to jump his battery,” said Ali Coleman, the chamber’s executive director. Some days it took more than just giving the battery a jump to get Lucky on the go. 

“It was a three-hour ordeal for me to move him a couple of times,” Coleman said. 

Lucky’s immobility also may have encouraged vandalism. This year alone the car has had its windshield smashed, and it has also been broken into. It was during a break-in that Omar’s “sheriff’s hat” was stolen. The car has also at times been painted over with graffiti. 

Lucky was originally procured back in 2008 largely due to the efforts of longtime Lakeside residents Deborah and Jeremy Newell, with Deborah Newell leading the charge.

“The reason why we got it was the traffic was going so fast through town, there was just no control,” Jeremy Newell said. Eventually the car became a beloved local icon for some residents. 

The Newells were also part of a group called SLOW, an acronym for saving lives on the west shore, which was able to finance speed indicator signs near the entrance to town. 

“Our whole goal was to be safe and to save lives,” Newell said.

Fundraisers over the years had helped with the upkeep of Lucky, and then a few years ago it was given over to the charge of the chamber of commerce. High school automotive maintenance programs had volunteered time fixing Lucky up, but eventually between the mechanical issues, and the rising cost of insurance for the car, the chamber felt like a decision had to be made. When the chamber announced earlier this month that it was time to retire Lucky, the Newells and a group of other like-minded citizens got together to find a replacement vehicle. The campaign to replace Lucky launched a couple of weeks ago. Last Thursday word reached the group that the Montana Department of Justice might be able to help. 

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Earlier times for Lucky!

How FAST will a COP CAR actually go?! – Dennis Collins Coffee Walk @YouTube


Welcome to Coffee Walk Ep. 132! This week, my team and I took off on what we thought was going to be a buy for one of the rarest C10 trucks that I’ve ever heard of. Well, when that deal ended up not closing, the car gods redirected us to one of the most interesting cars that I’ve test driven and bought in a very long time.

But one very important question was FINALLY answered… exactly how fast does a police car actually go?! And for all of our loyal Coffee Walkers that subscribe to my YouTube channel, as well as follow me here on Facebook, THANK YOU!! 200k subscribers is a huge milestone for me and my entire team to have reached and we are genuinely thankful for every single one of you!

Why Ford Dominates The Market For Police Vehicles – @CNBC


There are about 12,000 police departments patrolling jurisdictions across the United States. More than half of police vehicles driving through neighborhoods and cities are Fords. The second-largest U.S. automaker in terms of sales is also the biggest purveyor of police vehicles. In 2018, Ford’s share of police vehicle sales in the U.S. was 63 percent thanks to its immensely successful Police Interceptor lineup.

1982 Ford Mustang Special Service Packages – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings


At a glance, these two 1982 Ford Mustang notchbacks for sale on Hemmings.com don’t look too remarkable, aside from the 5.0 badges and a few other visibly non-stock details. However, as the seller illustrates, both are not only California Highway Patrol-issued Special Service Package Mustangs – some of the most revered examples of the four-eyed Mustang – but are also the first two SSPs: the prototype and the development mule. Neither has been restored, and only one is currently running, but it appears all the documentation to prove the cars’ places in history is in order. From the seller’s description:

This pair of 1982 Mustangs includes the Original 1982 Special Service Package (SSP) Prototype Police Mustang assembled in December 1981 and the 1982 Mustang SSP Police Engineering Mule assembled in April 1982. These 2 Mustangs are the only 2 Pre-Production Mustangs built by Ford to develop, engineer and test the proposed Special Service Package Police option for the 1982 Mustang.

The first 1982 SSP Prototype Mustang built and modified in December 1981 and was given to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for testing and evaluation as a high speed traffic enforcement vehicle. CHP Unit # 851963. At that time in 1982 this Mustang was the only vehicle tested by the CHP that would accelerate to 100 MPH in a given time frame, stop in prescribed distance and have a top speed over 125 MPH. The results this extensive of testing by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) at the CHP Training Academy in Sacramento in January/February 1982 with this original 1982 Mustang SSP prototype was the first fleet order, production and delivery to the CHP of 400 Special Service Package SSP equipped Mustangs. This Mustang is the Mustang that started it all as the first Mustang police car!

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1928 Detroit Police Escort Ford Cars-Public Domain – Historicus Joe @YouTube


1928 Detroit Police Escort Ford Cars

Shot by an unknown Detroit film maker in 1928 showing Detroit police escorting new Ford cars thru the streets of Detroit to an unidentifiable location. It appears the escort went from perhaps a Ford building in Dearborn thru the streets of Detroit. Please feel free to comment if you can identify any of the streets and or buildings. historicusjoe.

Related – 1928-’31 Ford Model A ”The Start of a New Line” remains one of the most popular collector cars of all time

Muscle Cars Used As Police Vehicles – Dave Ashton @Fastmusclecar.com


Police forces around the world usually have a few vehicles in their lineup with that extra bit of zing under the hood. Since the dawn of the motor car, it’s been a cat and mouse game to have police vehicles faster than the baddies. Muscle cars are an ideal choice in this respect. Plenty of power and torque, along with a sound that makes the car in front realize they have something serious on their tail.

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Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum unveils restored 1949 car at America’s Car Museum – @TacomaWeeklyNews


Authentic Ford Washington State Patrol car underwent a 5-year frame-off restoration

To celebrate 2019 National Police Week, the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum took the wraps off a restored, 1949 Ford Washington State Patrol (WSP) Car at America’s Car Museum (ACM) on May 14.

This 1949 WSP Ford “Shoebox” sedan is considered historically significant, as the vehicle is one of the very first “police package” vehicles produced by a manufacturer, coming factory-equipped with a powerful Ford “Flathead” V-8 engine, heavy-duty brakes, 16-inch wheels, a spotlight and a steel reinforcement plate on the roof to accommodate lights or large antennas.

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Fremont Police Replaced an Old Dodge Charger With a Tesla Cop Car- Andrew P Collins @Jalopnik


The police department in Fremont, Calif., the same Fremont where the Tesla factory is, just bought a used Tesla Model S 85 to replace a retiring Dodge Charger. The car has been fitted with all the standard cop-spec accessories and will soon go on duty as part of a pilot program to see if a Tesla is up to the task of police work

Read Andrews article at Jalopnik