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CrimeNovelist
New Driver

1963 to 1965 Unmarked Police Cars

Does anyone know whether in 1965, if a Bronx Detective using an unmarked police car, probably a 1965 Plymouth Fury, would be able to attach to the roof or his dashboard a portable strobe light?  Or if there was a permanently mounted police light on the inside of the vehicle?  

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TrentSteeves
Hagerty Employee

@CrimeNovelist I haven't found anything in my research so far for anything particularly related to the Bronx to say one way or the other but I did come across this ad for the 1964 Ford Polica packages, you can see the top one The "interceptor" package is showing no roof or bumper mounted emergency/beacon light, only showing the drivers side spotlight. They would of had to have some form of dash or magnetic roof light sitting on the seat for emergencies, this would make me presume that the technology was there for any police department. Does that help in anyway? e23eb895eb1348b2ecc354cd143d3db6.jpg

Sajeev
Community Manager

Thank you so much for looking into this, Trent! 

CrimeNovelist
New Driver

Hi Trent,

 

I thought I replied, but then my response disappeared.  Thank you for your help.  Your research has been very helpful.

 

Crime Novelist

TrentSteeves
Hagerty Employee

I’m glad it was of some help!

DUB6
Technician

This isn't in direct response to the question or answers, but it did spur a memory for me that isn't too far off topic - well, sorta.  Anyway, my mother once had a '66 Impala that was a very dark midnight blue - almost looked black in the shade and after dark.  The car was bone stock and unremarkable in almost every way.  But during the time she had it, the local police department was driving some big Chevys - like maybe '68 or so models.  Not terribly different in looks from the '66.  I found that I could park just off-road on a dark night with just the park likes on, and when a speeder came roaring by, I would quickly turn the headlights on and pull out behind them.  100% of the time, the brake lights would nearly blind me as the offending driver tried to hit the skids!  To impose strict adherence to the speed limit, I never needed any type of emergency bubblegum lights (which would have been illegal anyway), all I needed was a "black Chevy with marker lights on, hiding just off a nice straightaway" - it was great fun...