Throwback Units: Ten Other Vintage Cop Car Designs HPD Should Consider
Everybody wants to go retro. From throwback uniforms in professional sports to '80s hipster hairdos, everybody is kicking it old school. Cars are not all that different. Dodge reinvented the Charger, the Volkswagen Beetle got reissued a few years back and we assume a reset of the El Camino is on the way.
HPD once chose a 1975 Gremlin as its patrol car.
Even the Houston Police Department is getting in on the action, going a little retro with their new black and white (cliché much?) patrol cars and uniforms that are going to replace the light (or is it Columbia?) blue bad boys we've seen around these parts for years. Maybe they finally got over the Oilers leaving for Tennessee. Maybe they are hinting to the Rockets that the old ketchup and mustard jerseys need to come back permanently. Whatever the case, I got to thinking there must be some other options for throwback patrol cars. Here are ten.
10. The General Lee
Okay, it's a bit ostentatious, but it has the rebel flag, which should go over GREAT in a city as culturally diverse as Houston, it has the Astro retro orange and, best of all, that horn that plays Dixie. I'd much rather hear that coming outside my window at 4 a.m. than the familiar siren.
9. Dragnet Police Car
When HPD is looking for the facts (ma'am), there is no more understated ride to do it in than the classic Dragnet car. It helped Sgt. Joe Friday keep an even keel, which could help reduce incidents of police brutality.
8. Mayberry R.F.D. Cruiser
Oh, man, how cool would HPD officers look rolling around town in Ford Galaxies? They could stop by Aunt Bea's for coffee, except it's now a drug shack filled with face-eating bath salts addicts.
7. Bandit's Trans Am
Smokey turns the tables on the criminals!
6. Jim Rockford's Firebird Esprit
More than the car, what they need is a theme song like that one and his hip-for-the-'70s answering machine.