From his own introduced in the 1992 model year for now its termination in 2011, Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor dominated the North American police car universe so much that it seemed like you hardly ever saw the Law behind the wheel of anything else. However, General Motors Company made a determined effort to break free some sales to buyers of the fleet of law enforcement agencies during this period, mainly in the form of 9C1/9C3 Chevrolet Impala/Caprice. I just documented the only rear-wheel drive 9C1 Caprice Art of this series until now, so the timing seemed right to look for a later front-wheel drive Chevy police cruiser. Here is a W-Platform 9C1 Impalafound in Denver self service yard recently.
The Impala has been a rear-wheel drive car since it hit the market 1958 model year through the final “whale” of 1996 carswith some breaks in between when only the Caprice name was used on Chevy’s large sedans sold here. When the Impala name was revived – again – for the 2000 model yearit was applied to a front-wheel-drive based vehicle same platform how Pontiac Grand Prix and Chevrolet Monte Carlo. There he stayed with the General crashed the Impala another time in 2020.
Ex-cop cars are easy enough to get auctionas I found out when I bought a seven-year-old P71 Police Interceptor which became my daily driver in the latter half of the 2000s. That car was an unmarked unit used by a parole officer, while today’s Junkyard Gem apparently started life as a regular patrol car.
I think my next ex-cop car will come in handy originally from Japan. How Subaru kei van ownerI took a good look at the Japanese auctions Subaru Chiffon Police Interceptor (this despite the fact that there is chiffon indeed a Daihatsu and will not be legal to import to the United States for another 19 years).
The only transmission available was a heavy-duty version of the 4T65E four-speed automatic. This car appears to have a spare in the trunk.
The 9C1 received various special equipment, including large liquid coolers and heavy-duty suspension and brakes. This still holds some of the police electronics.
I wonder how many criminals have ridden in that back seat (which may have been a urine-resistant block of fiberglass during his time in the police force).
The original wheels must have looked a little too police with their dog caps, so a set Pontiac alloy wheels were replaced at some point.
The digital odometer means we’ll never know how many miles this car has driven, but it’s safe to assume they’ve been many and complicated.