28 July 2014

POLICE CARS ON THE SMALL SCREEN

Cop shows have been around nearly as long as the television itself, and TV squad cars have always sought to emulate the real-world cruisers that sometimes fill our mirrors. Here are 10 from some of the most popular cop shows of the last seven decades.

Highway Patrol (1955–59)
1955/58 Buick Century; 1956/57 Buick Special; 1956–59 Dodge Coronet; 1956–57 Mercury Custom; 1957 Mercury Monterey

The Andy Griffith Show (1960–68)
1960–61 Ford Fairlane; 1962–63 Ford Galaxie; 1964–66 Ford Custom

Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–63)
1961/63 Plymouth Belvedere; 1962 Plymouth Savoy

Adam-12 (1968-75)
1968–69 Plymouth Belvedere; 1971 Plymouth Satellite; 1972 AMC Matador

CHiPs (1977–83)
1973 Dodge Polara; 1975 Dodge Coronet; 1974–75/77 Dodge Monaco

Hill Street Blues (1981–87)
1976 Dodge Monaco

T.J. Hooker (1982–86)
1977 Dodge Monaco; 1979 Dodge St. Regis

In the Heat of the Night (1988–95)
1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria; 1990s Chevy Caprice

The Shield (2002–2008)
1999 Ford Crown Victoria

Southland (2009–13)
1999 Ford Crown Victoria; 2006 Dodge Charger

All cars used for these TV cop shows and several others can be found at the terrific Internet Movie Car Database, www.imcdb.org.

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