10. Police Muscle Cars
Today’s law enforcement agencies use various vehicles in their patrol cars. But back in the days of original muscle cars, police cruisers were big, slow sedans. Detroit was producing fast cars capable of achieving high speeds and outrunning the police, but cops still used large, heavy four-door cars.
But, in 1971, Alabama State Troopers saw the need for fast and capable patrol cars to chase suspects. They also needed to equip these cars with regular police components, but still have enough space for two officers and their gear. After a short search, the choice was made to purchase the AMC Javelin AMX with a 401 V8 engine and 335 HP.
If you are not familiar with this model, here’s just a short history lesson: American Motors Company (AMC) was an independent car manufacturer that closed its doors in 1987. It produced mostly economy cars, as well as a couple of muscle car models, with the Javelin being their most popular offering. The Alabama State Troopers chose this car since it was one of the most affordable available at the time. They ended up buying 133 models, which served during the ’70s.
This was the first time an official police force used a true muscle car. As many retired officers will testify, the Javelins proved to be the best choice and veterans of many highway chases.