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December 2003 Issue
 
PICK-OF-THE-MONTH
 
High Speed Pursuits
By Sharon McLellan
 

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.

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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 accident victims.

 
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These are just a few examples of emergency vehicle literature that is listed on McLellan's Automotive History web site. You can find everything that we have by clicking on the following links:

Police Vehicles ~ Ambulances / Hearses / Limousines
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, December 2003
 
 
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