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    The preamp board wired up. This is the original preamp board. The circuit was adding a simple reverb circuit that totally ruined the sound of the amp so later we bypassed and removed this part of the circuit. The third socket from the left and its associated circuitry were removed.

    The preamp board wired up. This is the original preamp board. The circuit was adding a simple reverb circuit that totally ruined the sound of the amp so later we bypassed and removed this part of the circuit. The third socket from the left and its associated circuitry were removed.

The Evolution of the Police Car – #8 – By the 1950s, automakers had begun offering “police packages,” such as this 1956 Dodge Coronet.

The Evolution of the Police Car - #8 - By the 1950s, automakers had begun offering

The Evolution of the Police Car

The Police Package

After World War II, American automakers began bundling the special options most often ordered by police departments into a special police packages. Ford unveiled its police package in 1950, Chevrolet in 1955 and Dodge in 1956. These cars might have looked like their consumer counterparts, except for the fancy paint jobs and lights, but they were anything but ordinary. The sheet metal hid serious improvements to both performance and protection. Police cars became much tougher and more resilient than their regular street counterparts. In 1956, Chrysler’s first official police package was offered on Dodge Coronets. A year later, Dodge offered a package with the 325 Hemi engine, with a variety of performance enhancements and 310 horsepower.

via The Evolution of the Police Car – MSN Autos#8#8.

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2 Responses

  1. What a fascinating bit of history. My dad was a police officer and they always had Fords. Now I see it was the original police car. He still drives a Ford even after his retirement. I didn’t know the Dodge hemi had been around so long (I love Dodge).

  2. Yeah I have a special place in my heart for the Chrysler company. My grandad worked there from ’55 through ’85 and was a tool and die maker based in twinsburg ohio. He made the tooling to stamp out the body panels!… That is to say he made the body panels for all of those old classics and all of those old muscle cars and yes even the grocery getter sleeper cars they made like the Newport and so on.

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