Seven Vintage Houston Police Cars, Including the Rare HPD Gremlin
Arcadia Publishing, the outfit that specializes in photo-filled historical books and gave us last year's look at Foley's department store, is out with a look at the Houston Police Department.
The huge years
It's filled with shots of cops through the years, the celebrities they protected, the cases they worked.
It also features the rides they used once they got out of the horseback age, including a shot of the HPD Gremlin, which was in use for a very, very brief time before the department realized it's a frigging Gremlin.
(All photos reprinted with permission from Houston Police Department, by Tom Kennedy. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 888-313-2665.)
7. A circa-1964 paddy wagon
Built for comfort!! Doesn't look like there's any sharp, rusty edges for proto-hippies to get tetanus from.
6. Plenty of room
The 1971 fleet, ready to be outfitted. Each car seats approximately eight in the back alone.
5. The winged warrior
The 1960-61 fleet, with the stylish wings in the back, inspired no doubt by the Bulgemobile line. If you were knocked back onto one of them in a brawl, it'd pierce your ribcage. We like the
heroically inspiring incredibly bored look of the two cops posing.