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Heres one you might find interesting, not sure what year but lets be honest, my guess is 2017 because it was taken in New Zealand. Im sure officers around the world are glad this method of speed detection was upgraded.

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Here are cars used by the Swedish police through the years. Hope you will enjoy!

 

Up until 1965 the Swedish police were county managed, meaning agencies could use whatever vehicle or equipment they wanted. Many Swedish police agencies liked the American cars. Chevrolet was popular. The liveries were mostly plain black with a sign or door text saying POLIS, but other liveries such as green and black-and-white were also used.

1952 Plymouth Cranbrook:

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1955 Buick Super:

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1957 Chevrolet:

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In 1965 the Swedish police went from county managed to nationalized. All police agencies now started using the same vehicle fleet and with the same livery: black and white.

1964 Opel Admiral:

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1965 Volvo Duett:

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1965 Volvo PV 544:

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1966 Plymouth Valiant:

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1967 Volvo Amazon:

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Dodge A-100:

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In 1970 the Swedish police started using blue "cherry-top" lightning instead of steady red lights used before. This change was because wanted to follow the European standard with blue lights, originally introduced by Heinrich Himmler during WW2 so emergency vehicles wouldn't be seen as easily from enemy airplanes. This change was criticised. You can compare the lightning in the the next two pics:

1969 Plymouth Valiant with pre-1970 lightning and 1974 Valiant with post-1970 blue lightning (yes, they're on!):

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1970 Volkswagen 1500:

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1972 Volkswagen Kombi:

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1974 Dodge Tradesman:

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1974 Volvo 144:

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1976 Volvo 244:

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1982 (?) Volkswagen Golf:

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Ford Granada:

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SAAB 90:

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In 1984 the Swedish police decided they wanted to try change their whole image, with new fonts, logos and police car livery. They went with a futuristic style font and the black-and-white cars became white with yellow, blue, and black stripes on the side in the shape of a hockey stick, giving the livery its name "hockeyklubban". The colors in the stripe had some meaning; the yellow and blue meaning Sweden, and the black to "honor" the old black-and-white livery that most Swedes were used to when imaging the police.

The new livery was criticised by both the public and the police themselves due to the low visibility in traffic compared to the old black-and-whites. The plain white livery with glued on stripes were also planned to save money when taking the cars out of service but the glue stuck so the cars had to be re-painted anyway before being sold on the public market.

1983 Ford Econoline:

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1984 Volvo 240:

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1985 SAAB 900:

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1988 SAAB 9000:

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Volkswagen Caravelle:

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In 1989 "hockeyklubban" and the futuristic font were scrapped. All new police cars would from now on get a blue-and-white livery with a new text font. The font is the same still used.

1986 SAAB 900 CD:

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1990 Chevrolet Beauville:

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1990 Volvo 740:

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1996 Volvo 940 Turbo:

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SAAB 9000 CD:

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Personally I really find obviously fake police cars used in movies charming. Here are some examples, both Swedish and American. I will keep to the old school vehicles since this thread is about the "classics".

 

Fake Swedish police car in Scorched Heat (1987). This car is crashed and since the movie was very low budget, they just took and old SAAB 99 (MY 1975) and tried disguise it as a modern police car. The lights and livery are wrong though.

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Fake NYPD unit in Maniac Cop 2 (1990). Wrong lightbar and I don't even know if the NYPD had any Diplomat wagons?

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A bunch of fake NYPD cars in Rumble in the Bronx (1995). Wrong liveries, font, lightbars... But I think they look cool.

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Fake NYPD cruiser in Ghostbusters II (1989). Since this particular scene was filmed in Los Angeles, I guessed they had a hard time finding a authentic NYPD car. The livery and lightbar are wrong.

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Fake Swedish police car in Kenny Starfighter (1997). Even if it looks cool, the Swedish police never used Chevrolet Impalas, and the lightbar and POLIS font are all wrong. Also the police stopped using the black-and-white color scheme in 1984 and the very last cars with this scheme went out of service in 1989.

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Fake Swedish police car in Sound of Noise (2010). Black car with blue stripes? Never been such a thing. Also I don't think there were any Volvo 740s still in service in 2010. Certainly not any with MY 1985 as in this case.

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Found a color version of that black & white photo of the CHP Caprice with the Edge lightbar, apparently they tested it in 1989-1990 along with some other lightbars before the Vision was choosen as a main lightbar in 91'.
A MX7000 lightbar can be seen on a car in the background too.

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That's interesting, one would think that they would use rotating beacons at this time!

 

It's a pity police never used steady burns in my country (nor any other emergency service)

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On 4.2.2018 at 5:07 PM, C0pper said:

 

In 1984 the Swedish police decided they wanted to try change their whole image, with new fonts, logos and police car livery. They went with a futuristic style font and the black-and-white cars became white with yellow, blue, and black stripes on the side in the shape of a hockey stick, giving the livery its name "hockeyklubban". The colors in the stripe had some meaning; the yellow and blue meaning Sweden, and the black to "honor" the old black-and-white livery that most Swedes were used to when imaging the police.

The new livery was criticised by both the public and the police themselves due to the low visibility in traffic compared to the old black-and-whites. The plain white livery with glued on stripes were also planned to save money when taking the cars out of service but the glue stuck so the cars had to be re-painted anyway before being sold on the public market.

1983 Ford Econoline:

i242159.jpg

1984 Volvo 240:

i001093241.jpg

1985 SAAB 900:

i199244.jpg

1988 SAAB 9000:

SAAB_9000_POLIS_PolismuseetsInvigning_20

Volkswagen Caravelle:

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Wow, these liveries look so cool! Definitely one of the nicest livery designs Europe had to offer in the 80's! :thumbsup:

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Restored Chatham County Police car

 

 

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Restored Savannah Police car.

 

 

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Restored State Patrol

 

 

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Georgia State Patrol 56 Ford

 

 

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Georgia State Patrol '61 Catalina

 

 

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Geogia State Patrol 1990 Caprice

 

 

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Georgia State Patrol 1991 Crown Vic

 

 

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Geaorgia State Patrol 1991 Mustang

 

 

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GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) agent posing in front of Ludowici, GA Speed Trap sign put up by then Governor Maddox

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Late to the party, but enjoying the old stuff.  Here's an ambulance I rode a couple times in the late 60s.  I don't think it's the original, as ours had a Beacon Ray Model 17 on the rook and a Model 66 siren sticking out of the nose, on a bracket.   Rear flashers are accurate.

 

 

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Some old school from Mothеr Яussia

 

Letters on the back door stand for Mobile Police Squad (or Pomogi mne Gospodi aka Help Me God)

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Don't know about you, but I like seeing police cars in yellow. Brings variety.

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Hello buddy, can I get some pizza at my location please

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