Chevy Impala’s, Dodge Charger’s, and of course the iconic Ford Crown Victoria, all cars that have been known to strike fear into those who have seen them in their rear view mirrors. These three giants are the main rides for law enforcement fleets here in the United States and are key components when it comes to crime prevention. The Ford Crown Victoria for example, is probably one of the toughest vehicles on the planet Earth. It’s big and reliable and at days end has the ability to dish out some serious pain when called upon to do so. But what about when their service lives are over, what then? Some of course are sold at auctions to taxi fleets around the country, while a few others manage to find their way into private hands. I had an acquaintance who used to own an ex-state police Chevrolet Impala back in the early 90’s. It was turd brown with poverty caps over steel wheels and a spotlight on the drivers door. Was it pretty? Um… no. But I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t feel like rock stars when we cruised around in that thing.
Yes, the automotive seas would part upon our arrival to any open road, but the problem was that this guy would act like a police officer, something that was a big no-no in my book. He would ride the bumpers of unsuspecting motorists which would at times frighten them into making abrupt, sometimes unsafe lane changes. He would also park in handicapped spaces and fire zones as the local constabulary would think his car was one of their own. After a while the cops got wise to his antics and began to ticket him so relentlessly that he ended up selling the car. The point of this story was not so much that this guy turned out to be somewhat of a tool, but that it soured me on the fact that I now look at all ex-police cars and more importantly their drivers this way. How about you guys… would you, or do own an ex-cop car, and if so, what are your experiences with it?