From the early days of motoring, law enforcement agencies all over the world have accepted the automobile as an important part of their job. Cars allowed officers to patrol the streets and get to the scene of the crime faster to help serve and protect the community better. Soon, car manufacturers concentrated on the police market. They knew that selling their cars to the local departments will help promote the brand.
Today’s police cars are state of the art cruisers full of updated electronics, safety equipment, communication technology and beefed up mechanics. But back in the day, most police cars were just ordinary sedans. In fact, sometimes, they were identical to the cars you could buy as an ordinary citizen.
However, sometimes police departments went beyond the ordinary. They used interesting, rare and sought-after cars for police duty. And although some of those cars are valuable classics today, back then they were ordinary cruisers that worked for a living by catching the bad guys. So, keep reading to learn about the 20 most interesting classic police cars from all over the world.
Citroen SM Gendarmerie
One of the coolest looking and most exclusive Citroen cars was the gorgeous SM, which they introduced in 1970. This elegant coupe had some interesting features. When it was presented to the public, it made the competition look and feel outdated and old. The aesthetics were clearly French with a hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension and front-wheel drive.
But instead of an underpowered four-cylinder engine, there was a 2.7-liter V6 Maserati developed, which provided enough power for a lively performance. The gendarmerie chose this car since it could cruise at high speeds which was ideal for catching criminals on the highways of France.