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    Hello everyone, a new topic for us all to consider. I was triggered recently to remember a great article a few years ago by our own late John Sawruk:

    Click here: Pontiac Taxis - High Performance Pontiac

    Does anyone know of other use of Pontiacs as police cars? Sounds like there was a Pontiac connection to NYPD, see photo here:

    Click here: Pontiac Police Cars - AACA Forums

    It also sounds like around 1977 there was a push on to promote Pontiac police cars (hello Buford T Justice!). I recall the city of Decatur IL bought some Catalinas in 1978 or so, reportedly with 400s and much liked by the officers.

    I have also seen photos of 1956-7 Pontiacs in California Highway Patrol colors, they also had a special batch of 1955 Buicks and reportedly they bought Olds and Pontiac both in 1956. For 1957 I am still sketchy.

    This could be almost as interesting as the recent series in Smoke Signals about the factory practices. Anybody got anything on these? Thanks,

    Todd Crews
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    Todd, in the late 70's Ga had some F bodies used as patrol cars also.

    Mike

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    OK, I have a black & white photo in a book of a 1982/3. Has no roof light but full Georgia State Patrol lettering on the door.

    I found the article fascinating, as we always see references to police & taxi in the service manuals & parts book, but I have certainly never seen an actual car in person. The Catalina in my other link is VERY cool, sorry the link did not seem to post. Todd C

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    RE the Enforcer Cars from the 70's.

    Rick Lightfoot, Recently added T/A for the 73/7 and Can Am A bodies has an Enforcer that he's restoring. BTJ will ride again it appears.

    Mike

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    Great, if Rick is online I will be anxious to hear it's story and where it came from.

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    I also recall seeing a photo of a batch of new 1959s for the Pontiac MI police dept. I would assume the city of Pontiac used Pontiacs whenever they were available.

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    Please go to pismoderelicts.com and go to the picture gallery for 07 pictures. for the day of 5/19/07 scroll down about half way and you will find a 61 Pontiac 2dr post (batwing) Georga police interceptor. There are TEN pictures of this car siren and all!!! even though it's a Catalina it has Star Chief/ Bonneville rear tail lamps. I don't know the owner, but would sure like to know how this car got to California.

    Don

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    Rick has a pic of his enforcer on this Facebook profile.Here's an easy link if you're a member.

    http://www.facebook.com/friends/?ref...00000092899214

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    Yup, looks just like Buford T Justice's car, he would be a big hit at the Trans Am conventions in Dayton. I sent him a message to join us here in the forum and tell us about his car, thanks,

    Todd Crews
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    Don, thanks for the tip on the photos of the 1961. The car's window display says this one was originally ordered by the Georgia State Police. Thinking about it, I wonder it with the BOP assembly plant in Atlanta maybe the state chose Pontiacs regularly? Thanks,

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