Imagine racing at 100 m.p.h. on Loop
610 (you fill in the number of your local loop or freeway),
flashing past other cars and trucks as though they're
standing still. A Sheriff's Patrol car going in the
other direction flashes his headlights at you and you
respond in kind. Soon he's coming up behind you, lights
flashing, siren blaring as he joins you in pursuit.
You, a Houston, Texas, police officer,
and the Sheriff's patrolman are in a select group which
includes the FBI in their unmarked cars, ambulances
and rescue vehicles which can legally exceed the speed
limit in high powered vehicles.
These vehicles are vividly portrayed
in sales literature as being big, mean, speed machines
capable of overtaking and passing anything on the road.
The 1972 brochure portrays the Dodge Polara Police Pursuit
as "This is the one... that puts you in hot pursuit
but, at the same time, you ride in comfort doing your
job. Anything wrong with that?"
Because of their performance capabilities these vehicles,
and literature associated with them, have become highly
collectible. Perhaps more important for the collector,
however, is the fact that these brochures have beautiful
art renderings to depict scenes from real life.
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For example, the 1960 Dodge brochure
shows Dodge 2- and 4-Door Police Pursuit cars on the
scene of what we would guess to be a home burglary and
officers are questioning a homeowner who is telling
them what happened. And the 1978 Horton ambulance brochure
shows Emergency Medical Service personnel working with