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40 Cars That Get Drivers Noticed By Police

Vukasin Herbez January 9, 2019

Have you ever wondered what would be like to be a highway patrol officer? Do you imagine cruising around looking for speeding drivers and suspicious motorists? Well, even though it looks easy, it’s far from it. Each day, there are hundreds of millions of cars roaming the streets of America with thousands of police officers controlling the traffic.

So what makes them pull over certain cars? Today, you will find out in our list of the top 30 cars that are cop magnets and will probably get you pulled over. As you’ve probably guessed, cops don’t like street racing cars, overly-customized vehicles, or suspicious cars. So keep reading to learn about what you shouldn’t be driving if you want to pass cops unnoticed.

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40. ICON Ford Bronco

One of the most popular Restomod companies is California-based ICON4x4. The company has risen to fame by building classic Jeeps and Land Cruisers with modern engines, trick suspension kits, matte paint, and several other notable features. However, one of their most successful products is the ICON BR, short for Bronco. The basis for this project is a first-generation Ford Bronco, a classic SUV from the late ’60s. Due to its compact dimensions, all-wheel drive, and powerful engine, the Bronco was a common choice back in the day.

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But ICON wanted to enhance every aspect and introduce the classic shape to 21st century standards. So owner Jonathan Ward teamed up with designer Camilo Prado to present the ultimate Bronco. They equipped it with the new Ford Coyote 5.0-liter V8, a fully-adjustable suspension kit, and a five-speed manual transmission. It also got ABS brakes and numerous other modifications. The basic design stayed the same, so the ICON BR still looks like a classic Ford Bronco but drives like a supercar. ICON will happily build a Bronco with your name on it, but have in mind the waiting list is over a year long and prices start just shy of $200,000.

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39. Ringbrothers AMC Javelin

If you follow the custom car scene and the annual SEMA Show, you probably know about the Ringbrothers. Founded by brothers Jim and Mike Ring in Spring Green, Wisconsin, this custom shop is responsible for some of the most interesting, daring, and innovative restomod cars in the last decade. Most of the Ringbrothers creations are one-off machines they’ve designed and built for wealthy owners who want something way beyond the usual way of thinking.

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Over the years, Ringbrothers cars are regular SEMA Show winners, so it is hard to pinpoint one machine car fans could call a favorite. However, their latest showstopper is the 1972 AMC Javelin AMX. This may be an unusual choice, but it shows how far the brothers go to present unexpected cars and designs. They’ve fully recreated the 1972 Javelin in carbon fiber with numerous styling details all around. The power comes from a 1,100 horsepower Dodge Hellcat supercharged V8 Hemi engine sent to the rear wheels over a special sequential gearbox. The interior is fully custom with LCD displays and the finest materials.

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38. Ram TRX

Although the car industry is inevitably going in the direction of electric, renewable energy sources, it’s good to know that the people at Dodge are still neck deep into gasoline oblivion. How else we can explain the newest and greatest addition to the extreme truck class, the 2021 Ram TRX. If you don’t know what the TRX is, it’s a cross between the Ram Rebel and Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

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In other words, it’s an all-terrain beast with a supercharged Hemi under the hood and a bad attitude. With a starting price of $69,000, it isn’t cheap, but it is an extremely capable, fast, and durable vehicle whose sole aim is to beat Ford’s Raptor in every aspect. That’s why it has a 702 hp engine under the hood, specially-tuned chassis, suspension, and gearbox, and is designed to be the new king of the hill when it comes to extreme off-road trucks you can get from your local dealer.

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37. Mercedes G-Class G63 AMG 6X6

The Mercedes G-Class is one of the longest-running models in the car world. First emerging in 1979 as a primarily military off-road SUV and truck, it’s still on the market today with the same basic design. During the course of almost 40 years, it survived many modifications and redesigns but never changed its distinctive appearance and basic mechanical layout. Over the years, the G-Class evolved from a pure military truck without any luxury items to an overpriced, premium full-size SUV with a powerful engine, 20-inch chrome wheels, and a leather interior.

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Mercedes created one monster of a truck by power and torque ratings, and a monster in sticker price too. Under the hood is the 5.5-liter twin-turbo engine with 540 hp, which delivers power to all six wheels through a specially-built automatic transmission unit. Inside the truck, it’s all about luxury with the finest materials and comforts. This 6×6 may not be so capable in the wild since it is such a heavy truck, but it looks like it can tackle the sand dunes well. When it was new, this G63 had a sticker price of $450,000. If you can find one today, expect to pay close to one million dollars for it.

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36. Lamborghini LM002

The LM002 is somewhere between a truck and an off-road SUV/truck since it has four doors, a double cab, and a truck bed behind it. This crazy creation debuted in the mid-’80s as Lamborghini’s attempt of entering the world of luxury SUVs and widening its appeal. The LM002 uses a special chassis, suspension, and Lamborghini’s famous V12 engine. The 5.2-liter engine with 400 hp was the same one you’d find in a legendary Countach.

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For buyers who thought 400 hp was not enough, the factory could supply the LM002 with a 7.3-liter monster V12 engine from a racing boat. Nicknamed “The Rambo Lambo,” this truck was a rugged and desert-going version of the supercar Lamborghini is well-known for making. Despite the enormous power and tough looks, LM002 was a failure since it was hard to drive on the road. It had an enormous thirst for fuel and problems with off-road stability. It was also extremely expensive. Just to have the tires changed costs $20,000. As you could imagine, production for this strange vehicle was not high. Only 301 models left the Lamborghini factory, a considerable number knowing all the facts.

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35. Equus Bass 770

Muscle cars are a perfect canvas for Restomod painters, but most of the companies do engine swaps and suspension modifications. However, Equus is not that kind of company. They managed to produce a fully custom car from scratch that has that unmistakable 1960s muscle car look. They added state-of-the-art power, technology, and quality that set them apart from the rest. The basis for the Bass 770 is a ’67 Mustang Fastback.

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During the process, the car got its own visual identity with a new front, back, and several other design details. The chassis, suspension, and drivetrain are brand new and more advanced than anything you could find in a production muscle car. However, the real gem is the engine. It is a hand-built, 6.2-liter Chevrolet LS9 V8 with 650 HP and performance numbers those ’60s muscle cars could only dream about. With custom touches unique to each owner and the investment of over 5,000 man-hours in each car, it’s understandable that the base price for the Equus Bass 770 is over $500,000.

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34. Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

Inspired by the wild SVT Cobra Rs from the ’90s, Ford didn’t name the 2003 model with an “R” since it wasn’t in limited production. In fact, the SVT Cobra was available to the public rather than just race car drivers and private teams. However, this SVT Cobra was an important model for the Mustang dynasty because it featured two firsts. The first was adding a factory supercharged engine and the second was an independent rear suspension. The Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) took a standard 4.6-liter engine block and mounted different heads. They also added a supercharger to get 390 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque.

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They named the engine the “Terminator.” The rumor was that it delivered more than the advertised 390 HP. So, to handle all that power and torque, Ford equipped the SVT Cobra with an independent rear suspension. A setup similar to the first Ford GT, it increased stability at high speeds and hard launches. Also, it made this Mustang handle like a dream. The 0 to 60 mph time took only 4.7 seconds, making the SVT Cobra a drag strip terror. Ford offered this model in 2003 and 2004, building around 14,000 of them in a coupe and convertible form. Despite being almost 15 years old, these cars still hold high prices on the used car market.

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33. Ford RS200

Back in the mid-’80s, motorsports were all about rallying and the dangerous Group B. Group B was a part of the World Rally Championship. They featured factory prototypes loosely based on production cars, only with insane turbocharged engines and all-wheel-drive systems. The cars were crazy fast and dangerous, yet loved by fans all over the world. Eventually, they canceled Group B. But for a few years, manufacturers battled each other for supremacy on world rally stages. This brought the public many fast road cars since car manufacturers were obligated to produce a number of road-going vehicles.

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One of them was the RS200 Ford introduced in 1984 as a mid-engine, turbocharged, sports car. It featured lightweight body construction, a 2.1-liter engine producing 250 HP, and two seats. It was a race car with no intention of hiding it. Thanks to the all-wheel-drive, it was capable of jumping from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds. They made 200 road versions detuned from 450 HP and up to 500 HP for the race version.

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32. Saleen S7

All Mustang lovers recognize Steve Saleen. He’s one of the best tuners of the late-model Mustangs and one of the most recognizable names in the business. Some say he is to ’80s (and newer) Mustangs what Carroll Shelby was to ’60s muscle cars. Either way, he is a renewed performance car builder and a legend of the American car scene. In the early 2000s, Saleen decided to enter the supercar market with the S7 model. It was a fast, powerful exotic model featuring the latest technology and proven V8 power. Saleen invested a lot of time and money into constructing the S7. He even used the same companies that produced parts for Formula One cars in the development of this car.

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The result was the 550 HP Saleen S7 introduced in 2000, immediately drawing attention from the supercar crowd. The S’s superb performance, looks, and technology were up to par with the best European supercars at the time. In 2005, they released the more powerful Twin Turbo version with 750 HP and top speeds of almost 250 mph. The car proved to be relatively successful, even on the race tracks, so Saleen produced a racing version too.

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31. Hennessey Venom GT

If you’re into domestic performance cars, you probably know about Hennessey from Texas. In the last few decades, they have been one of the biggest names in the aftermarket for muscle and performance car parts. They also produce conversion kits, engines, and since 2011, they are also supercar manufacturers with the Venom GT. Venom GT is not 100 percent American, but a British-American hybrid. They based it on the Lotus Elise, but they significantly modified the car.

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Hennessey also widened and stretched it, updating it with a different suspension, brakes, design, and drivetrain. Practically everything is new and different from the original car. The power comes from a 7.0-liter LS2 V8 engine with three power levels: 800, 1,000, and 1,200 HP. The Venom GT was available as a coupe or convertible. It held the world record for the fastest production car, accelerating from 0 to 186 mph in an average time of 13.63 seconds. Production ended in 2017 after they made 13 cars.

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30. Donk Caprice

One of the recent trends in car culture is Donk. Donk vehicles have enormous rims, often exceeding 30 inches in size, modified suspensions, as well as wild paint jobs and interiors. They based them on classic American cars from the ‘80s and ‘90s and represent the crazy imagination of their owners.

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Due to their obnoxious appearance, Donk cars are cop magnets since most highway patrol officers want to check if the car is legal. That is because, in most cases, owners are known for going too far in terms of ride height and modifications.

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29. Subaru Impreza WRX

For decades, Subaru has been one of the most powerful four-cylinder cars on the market. Under the hood is a flat-four engine with 2.5-liters of displacement as well as a turbocharger. This combo delivers 305 HP, which goes to all four wheels by six-speed manual transmission. It’s a true driver’s car with a proper manual gearbox and great road holding. But best of all, it has the power to make this car fly.

Performance numbers are respectable too. The WRX goes from 0 to 60 in just 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 160 mph. However, the police know that. So they know if you drive a WRX, you’re no stranger to fast driving or street racing. If you see a flashing light behind you, you better be driving under the speed limit.

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28. Dodge Neon SRT4

When Dodge presented the Neon SRT4 in 2003, it was one of the best, most affordable performance cars in America. They turned the compact Neon into a pocket rocket with a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out an impressive 230 HP. And all that power propelled this Neon from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.

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However, many owners tuned their Neon SRT4 the minute they left the dealership. In fact, some owners even managed to squeeze over 400 HP from its 2.4-liter engine. So, what do you do when you have 400 HP under your right foot? If you try a few smoky burnouts at the next traffic light, you can count on drawing the attention of the police.

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27. Mitsubishi Evo X

Despite being discontinued, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X still is a major legend among performance car enthusiasts. The automotive world surely misses this long-lasting series of four-door sedans with four-wheel drive and powerful four-cylinder turbocharged engines. The latest version called the Evo X comes with a 2.0-liter turbo engine delivering 291 HP.

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However, most experts say the engine’s output was more likely around the 320 HP mark, but Mitsubishi chose to market it as 291 HP. And performance figures are astonishing. The 0 to 60 mph acceleration time is 4.5 seconds and the Evo X could almost top 160 mph. Police also know that and will just wait until you decide to put all those horses in action, so they can pull you over.

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26. Rolling Coal

Rolling Coal trucks are big pickups that get their power from diesel engines. They come with modified exhaust systems they’ve designed specially to puff large amounts of black smoke. The result is a black smokescreen emanating from the exhaust pipes.

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But all that smoke can be annoying to other drivers at the stoplight or sitting in traffic jams. In most states, black screen is illegal. So if you have one of those trucks, you might want to return the exhaust system back or constantly face the members of your local police department.

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25. Black on Black Corvette C5

If you’re a serious street racer who wants to drive your car daily, what do you buy? Many drivers like this get a Corvette C5, of course. At the moment, the C5 generation is one of the best platforms for modifying. They are inexpensive and well-built, plus they have more than enough power from stock. Also, you can tune them in numerous ways.

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They handle nicely and have decent brakes too. But the next step is to make it look mean, so what’s better than the black-on-black look? However, the cops know this as well, so when they see a black C5 on the road with a rumbling exhaust and semi-slicks, they will stop it.

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24. Supercars Like Lamborghinis

If you happen to have extra money to burn and are a fast-paced person, what better car for you than the V12 Lamborghini? It’s an over-the-top supercar in lime green or bright orange color. With all that, it is the ultimate attention-grabber, along with its big spoiler and vertically-opening doors.

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However, cops love to pull those kinds of motorists, so they just wait for them to press the accelerator to crush the speed limit with ease. Yes, a supercar on the highway is one of the best baits for a determined cop.

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23. Pontiac GTO

This is not about those classic 1964-74 GTOs, but rather about those modern 2004-06 GTOs. When most cops see a classic GTO with its chrome bumpers and recognizable silhouette, they might follow it just to admire the gorgeous lines of one of the most famous muscle cars ever built.

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However, when they see a modern GTO with a 350 or 400 HP engine, they will follow it to see if the owner will race. Apparently, the modern GTO is one of the most ticketed cars in America due to the fact it is affordable and fast. Also, it is easily modifiable, which makes it the perfect choice for any street racer, as well as a prime target for police cruisers.

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22. Ricer Hondas

Most car fans are familiar with the Ricercar culture with its tuned Japanese compact cars that are mostly mid-’90s Hondas. They come with loud exhaust systems and obnoxious body kits, as well as enormous spoilers and tricked-out interiors. Sadly, they are a big part of American streets. But in most cases, those cars just look fast.

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In reality, they are without any real performance modifications, so even an SUV can beat them. The police often pull over those kinds of cars since most of them have illegal modifications, overly-loud exhausts, or something else that can earn a ticket. Cops know this, so if you drive mid-’90s Civic with a big spoiler on the trunk, expect to get pulled over.

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21. BMW E36 M3

The E36 M3 is an affordable but still interesting alternative to those much more expensive modern M cars. The American models only got 240 HP engines, but with little modification, you can make big power. The lightweight and rear-wheel drive mean that the E36 M3 is a fantastic car for street racing, drift, or autocross tracks.

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However, whatever you do, don’t make the mistake and mount a loud exhaust or paint the car in some crazy color. Keep it looking as stock as possible so you will just fly under the radar.

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20. Bro Trucks

Commonly known as “Bro Trucks,” these extremely lifted pickups have been popular in recent years yet also illegal in some states. The problem is not with the concept of more ground clearance. There are numerous two to three-inch lift kits that will perfectly suit your truck and make it more capable. The problem is when you lift your vehicle two to three feet more than stock.

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This way you get a truck that is hard to get in and out of that handles poorly and it is prone to rollovers. Also, when you drive a high vehicle, it is hard to see and maneuver in tight spaces, such as parking lots or crowded streets. This means the cops will pull you over since they are concerned about the safety of other motorists and pedestrians.

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19. Honda Civic

Regular Civics get big attention from the cops due to the fact they are on top of the list of the most stolen cars in America. For some reason, thieves love Civics, so in 2018 alone, over 40,000 Civic disappeared from their owners.

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That means that every cop who sees a suspicious Civic on the road will pull it over and check if the driver has valid license and registration papers.

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18. Mazdaspeed 3

Introduced in 2007, this hot hatch came with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that delivered 263 HP. And that was considered a crazy number of horsepower to send to the front wheels. Since it has a turbocharged engine, lots of owners couldn’t resist the temptation to modify it, creating a fast road car.

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However, the cops are well aware of that fact, too. So even if the Mazdaspeed 3 blends with traffic, some officers will still notice you and pull you over just to check.

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17. Lowriders

Lowriders are one of the coolest and most impressive types of custom vehicles. They are low and lean with wild color schemes, beautiful graphics, shiny chrome and hydraulics systems.

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However, due to an affiliation with criminal gangs and the fact that in some states, it is illegal to make cars jump while driving, the cops tend to pull over those beautiful cars to check on their owners.

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16. Lexus ES 300

This one was a surprise on this list. Apparently, the Lexus ES 300 is one of the most pulled over cars in America, according to recent statistics. This model is a regular sedan with no special or unique features and options.

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It is a decent looking and performing family car without any performance aspirations. However, for whatever reasons, the owners of this particular model get more tickets and are pulled over more often.

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15. Fox Body Mustang

For decades, the Fox Body Mustang was one of the most common street racing cars. That was due to the fact that they were inexpensive, easy to modify and brutally fast when set up right. Even today, lots of street racing guys use this platform for their projects.


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Most owners make Fox Body Mustangs as fast as lightning without paying too much attention to the exterior. However, the cops know this, so they watch for cars that look old and neglected, but have big exhausts and rumbling engine noises. They like to pull them over to check if everything is legal under the hood.

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14. Nissan Z350

Although the Z350 is a somewhat outdated sports car, it is still fast and cool-looking enough for people to buy it for its performance and power. Available as a coupe or a roadster, the Nissan Z is a sports car legend in an affordable package. This handsome front-engine-rear-wheel drive car has a potent V6 engine and limited-slip differential as standard equipment.


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The Z350 is a reasonably fast car when stock, but it is easy to modify into a street racing beast when done right. Of course, the police are well aware of this, so if you have a slammed Z350 with big rims, a spoiler on the back and turbo, you will get some attention from the law.

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13. Rusty Vans

Due to many books, movies, and TV series, those plain white and unmarked vans are the favorite transportation of serial killers, kidnappers, and other kinds of criminals. And that is especially the case when they are rusty beaters with clouds of smoke puffing from their old exhausts.

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Apparently, the cops agree, so if you have a rusty van, you might get some attention from the cops who want to see if you are hiding something or someone in the back.

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12. Five Percent Window Tint

In most states, having fully tinted windows is illegal. But, the five percent window tint is the ultimate tint grade since it allows only five percent of light to enter the interior. Regardless of the type of the car you drive, the cops will notice if you have fully-tinted windows.

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And that is especially true if you have your windshield and driver window blacked out. So, if your window tint is over the top, expect the cops to pull you over and ticket you.

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11. Dodge Charger/Challenger

Having this car on the list is understandable since the base Charger/Challenger has a 292 HP engine. So it is just too tempting not to press the gas pedal a little bit further. And not to mention the ultimate Hellcat version comes with 707 HP under the hood.

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Apparently, the statistics of the Charger/Challenger combo is over 30 percent, which makes them one of the most frequently pulled over cars in the entire country.

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10. Sherman Tank

Although civilians cannot own or operate true military vehicles, several tank collectors found loopholes in traffic laws and managed to put license plates on their tanks. Of course, nobody can own the latest and state of the art tanks, but you can buy old tanks that don’t have working guns.

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One of the most common tanks from the Second World War is the Sherman M4 Tank, which was produced in almost 50,000 examples and used by numerous armies all over the world. A surprising number of those still survives, and some are even functional and can be driven on the road. However, the owners ask over $500,000 for roadworthy examples.

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9. Toyota Hilux

Despite the fact that older versions of this truck were sold in the US, the Hilux has been absent from America for decades now. It is a shame, really, since this compact truck is one of the widely recognized “tough as nails” vehicles capable of pulling, carrying, and going through the wilderness with ease. Toyota sells thousands of those tough 4×4 trucks around the world, practically on every continent except for North America.

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So, what is the reason for that? First, most Hilux models sold globally are diesel-powered. The US customers are not used to compact trucks with that kind of engine, and there is the question of emissions standards. On the other hand, once the very popular compact truck market was pretty dead for a number of years, only to recently start to reemerge with models like Chevrolet Colorado. Since Toyota’s truck division is pretty strong on the domestic market, we possibly could expect a Hilux to arrive in US shores in the future, but nothing is announced. Until then, we can only envy the rest of the world for those cheap and extremely durable compact trucks we can’t have. However, you can technically own a Hilux and import it from overseas, you just cannot register it in the US. And if police see you cruising around in one of those trucks, you will get pulled over and impounded immediately.

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8. Ford Falcon Cobra

In 1978, Ford Australia was getting ready to introduce a new body style for its popular Falcon. The new model was to be produced as a sedan or station wagon and a two-door coupe was out of production. Closing down the old model’s assembly lines, Ford was left with 400 coupe body shells, which were supposed to be scrapped. However, Ford decided to turn the leftover bodies into a particular version called Falcon Cobra.

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The 1978 Falcon Cobra could be had with a 5.8 or 5.0 V8 engine, automatic or manual transmission, and two colors – white or blue. Each car was given racing stripes as an homage to Shelby Mustangs, which were popular in Australia. Today, Falcon Cobra is a valuable and much sought after car in Oceania. In the US, it is known as the Mad Max car (although in modified form), so if you own one of those rare beasts, you will get pulled over out of pure curiosity.

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7. Ferrari Testarossa

There is no doubt; the Testarossa is one of Ferrari’s most legendary models. Not only for its looks, for its reputation, for its performance but mostly for the allure of the ’80s style, appearance in cult TV shows, video games, and movies. The Testarossa was one of the definitive ’80s sports cars, despite the fact, its technology and mechanical layout date back in the mid-’70s. The basis for Testarossa is a special flat 12 engine with 5.0-liter displacement. This layout was first introduced in 1973 on Ferrari 512 BB and improved over the years.

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The Testarossa was introduced in 1984 and featured the same design, although improved power and torque compared to 512 BB. The flat 12 cylinder engine affected the design since the engine itself is very wide, so the car’s width was pretty big. This helped the handling since the rear track was wider than the front but made city driving and maneuvering pretty hard, especially knowing that early Testarossas didn’t come with power steering. The power output from this highly specific flat 12 engine was enormous, and Testarossa had 396 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 60 mph time was just 5.5 seconds, and the car could top 180 mph. So if you plan to drive one of those ’80s legends, be prepared to get pulled over by the cops. Even if you weren’t speeding and your papers are in order, cops might want to take a look in your trunk since back in the day, this was a favorite drug dealer’s car in Miami.

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6. Porsche 911 GT3 RS

When the 996 generation of 911 debuted in 1998, Porsche purists were shocked. Their beloved car lost one of its defining characteristics – air cooling. The reason was simple: air cooling wasn’t interesting as it could no longer cope with the engines’ rising power and the demanding engineering of Porsche cars. The engines had to go to regular water cooling, far more efficient and used throughout history. Some say that 911s lost some of its appeals, but we say that this was a smart move since it allowed the engineers to develop the car further.

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One of the best models of the 996 series is sublimely good GT3 RS. Porsche fans don’t like the 996 series, but the GT3 RS has met universal praise. This was an even more extreme version of the GT3 model, which featured a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter engine, dry sump, forged pistons, and race-derived engine internals. The result was 381 HP and brutal performance, and since the prices of GT3 and GT3 RS models are relatively cheap, those cars are a perfect proposition for all enthusiasts. And easy prey for cops since the iconic shape is easy to recognize.

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5. Cadillac Escalade

Although the Escalade is not a sports car or a flashy convertible, it is one of the most commonly stolen cars in America and a cop magnet because of that. It is big, expensive, and opulent. And it is a Cadillac that still represents something great in the motoring world. Cadillac jumped into the luxury SUV bandwagon relatively late in 1999 with the first-generation Escalade. And even though it was nothing more than a rebadged Suburban, the Caddy was one of the most dominant models on the market. The reason was the opulence of classic Cadillac cars easily translates to the 21st century as well as the luxury SUV segment. Cadillac understood the opportunity, so they presented three generations of the biggest, most opulent luxury SUV models available.

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And the market went crazy for these apartment complexes on wheels. The Escalade is still a rebadged Suburban, but Cadillac hides with an enormous amount of luxury goods and specific details. The Escalade is the perfect classic Cadillac in a modern interpretation for the next generation of luxury car buyers. It’s also perfect for people who want to show off their success.

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4. McLaren F1

There is much written about the F1, the way it was designed and produced, and the way it changed the world of supercars forever. But let’s just repeat the basics. The F1 was introduced in 1992 and stayed in production until 1998. During that period, McLaren produced 106 cars, including the GT-R versions, highly successful racing models. The F1 featured a bespoke 6.1-liter V12 engine made by BMW Motorsport, which delivered 627 hp and used 6-speed manual transmission.

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The road versions of the F1 had a very interesting, three-seat configuration with the driver’s seat in the middle of the cabin and the steering wheel positioned in the center of the dash. The initial testing, racing success, and overall excellence of the package declared the F1 as one of the best, if not the best supercar of all times. The original F1 wasn’t road legal in the USA, and although now it can be imported legally, it is illegal in some states to drive the car with a central driving position. That is good enough reason to get pulled over.

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3. Ariel Atom

The ingenuity of British engineers is seen not only on classic cars but also on some current projects. This is maybe the craziest car on sale today you can put license plates on. Ariel Atom 500 V8 weighs 1200 pounds and has 500 hp from a V8 engine, which is mounted directly behind the driver. The car is basically a Go-Kart with a spoiler, some space for two people, no trunk, no body panels, and no fenders. Just bare chassis, a screaming V8 behind you, 500 angry horses that want to run free in full power, a 7-speed sequential gearbox, and four tires.

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If this description doesn’t scare you, the performance will. Ariel Atom 500 V8 is capable of jumping to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, beating the ridiculous Bugatti Veyron, which was the world’s fastest accelerating passenger car at some point. We can only imagine how it feels being catapulted to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds in a car that has no body or roof, and the engine is just inches away from your head. It must be fantastic yet potentially deadly.

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2. Aston Martin DB5

The British always knew how to build a gorgeous Gran Turismo sports car. All through history, there were numerous Bentleys, Jaguars, Jensens, and Aston Martins, which captured people’s imagination and seduced generations of enthusiasts with their sculpted lines and powerful engines. The epitome of British GT must be a fantastic and everlasting Aston Martin DB5.

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The DB5 was released in 1963, and the famed Italian Carozzeria Touring designed it. The car’s heart was a 4.0-liter straight-six engine with 282 to 315 HP depending on the trim and model. The DB5 was produced as a coupe or gorgeous convertible. Despite being powerful for the day’s standards, DB5 was more of a luxury cruiser than a sports car with acceleration figures of around eight seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It proved immensely popular, and Aston made over 1000 examples until 1965, which was considered to be a big success for a small boutique manufacturer. But this car is most famous for appearing in quite a few James Bond movies. Some say this is an early case of product placement, but we say it is a match made in heaven.

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1. Plymouth Barracuda 426 Hemi

The Plymouth Barracuda was the first pony car, introduced two weeks before the Ford Mustang, and despite cool design and features, it was always in the shadows of the Mustang and Camaro. However, in 1970, a redesigned model arrived along with Dodge Challenger, built on the same platform and with the same engines. As with Dodge, the most powerful versions were 440 Magnum with 395 hp and Hemi 426 with 425 hp.

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Everybody agrees that Hemi produced more than the advertised power and that the real output was closer to 500 hp than to declared 425 hp. However, this engine option was quite expensive and cost about 1/3 of the car’s price. That is why only a small number of Hemi-equipped Barracudas left the factory in 1970 and 1971, and most buyers were serious street racers who wanted one of the fastest muscle cars ever built. The Hemi 426 in Plymouth Barracuda could sprint to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Interestingly, this time, documented by the magazine testers back in the day, its performance could be improved by just a few simple modifications to the intake, ignition, and carburetor jets so tuned Barracudas could go even faster.

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