1. Classic Chevy police cars
There are many awesome classic Chevys around, and some of our favorites come in police guise. Some fuzzwagons got hotter engines for pursuit, with revised suspension and beefier brakes.
Other cop jalopies were just run-of-the-mill family trucksters painted for police use. There were also some incredibly cool oddballs like the Corvair Greenbriar or Biscayne Station Wagon that we would murder to own today (not literally, officer).
Without further ado, here are the finest classic Chevy police cars from the fifties and sixties.
2. 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Sedan Model 2103
The popo in the photo were outfitted with Chevy’s Styleline four-door sedan. Bench seats allowed six passengers total, with plenty of room for gear in the generous trunk. Six cylinders and 92 horsepower were standard in ‘52.
3. 1956 Chevrolet 210 Sedan
The 210 replaced the Styleline after 1952, and in 1956 a Turbo-Fire V8 with dual-quad barrel carburetors and 225 horsepower became an option. While the exact location of this photo is unknown, it’s dated March 2, 1956, just days after Speedweeks at Daytona Beach. A similar 210 clocked a two-way average of 119 mph.
4. 1957 Chevrolet 210 Sedan
The ‘57 Chevy is an American icon, most notably for its wide breadth of engine choices. While the Officers Smiley above probably didn’t benefit from the optional fuel-injected Super Ram-Jet V8, Chevrolet’s claim that this squad car was “powered to pull anybody over” hints that at the very least a 265 cubic-inch Turbo-Fire was hidden under the hood.
5. 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan
This beautiful Biscayne was longer, lower, and wider than its predecessors and featured a new panoramic windshield, a hallmark of fifties design. Power came from Chevy’s new 348 cubic-inch Turbo-Thrust V8 putting out a respectable 250 horsepower.
6. 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman Station Wagon
The Yeoman was Chevrolet’s utility wagon and could carry six passengers or up to half a ton of cargo. An optional divided rear seat allowed the Yeoman to serve as an ambulance in a pinch. Easy-to-keep-clean vinyl interiors were standard.
7. 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan
Gullwing fins were standard for ‘59, and windshield area was measured in acres. The “Slimline Design” Biscayne was a base model in the Chevy lineup and roomier than ever before. Six thrifty cylinders were standard, making a perfect patrol vehicle. A V8 could be ordered for pursuit duty.
8. 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II 300 Sedan
Chevrolet introduced the Chevy II compact car for 1962. Four cylinders were standard, with the option of six. The 300 was the midrange model, topped by the posh Nova and Sport Coupe variants. Contrary to popular legend, V8 power was not available in ‘62, nor could it be ordered from a dealer.
9. 1962 Chevrolet Corvair
Corvair police cars were sold as a thrifty alternative to full-size sedans, with better maneuverability and increased traction. A whopping air-cooled 80 horsepower lay above the rear wheels, with the option of 102, and could be connected to an honest-to-goodness Positraction limited-slip differential. The police Corvair was offered with two or four doors and as a station wagon.
10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar
The mere possibility of a Corvair Greenbrier police van makes car nerd life worth living. It was two feet shorter than a standard sedan, yet had more cargo room than a station wagon or even a modern Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV. With the optional third bench seat, it could carry up to nine passengers. All this and 80 horsepower, too.
11. 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne Station Wagon
The Biscayne was Chevy’s lowest cost model, with little exterior trim and few interior amenities. Primarily fleet vehicles, standard power came from a Turbo-Thrift six-cylinder engine. V8s were available, however: 283 cubic inches, 327, or even a fire-breathing 409 with up to 425 horsepower.
12. 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 Sedan
The mid-size Chevelle debuted for 1964. Its smaller size and lighter weight made it a thrifty squad car, especially with a six-cylinder engine. V8 power was available as well, and a special police package offered 195 horsepower. Other equipment in the package included heavy-duty springs, shocks, clutch, and a speedometer calibrated to two percent accuracy and with two mph gradations.
13. 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Coupe
The Impala SS is a legend in muscle car circles, featuring highly desirable combination of light weight and V8 power. This particular example is badged to have 327 cubic inches under the hood, which means either 250 or 300 horsepower. “Sheriff of Cochise” was a TV show at the end of the 1950s, but the car in this photo is a mystery. It’s doubtful the Impala SS ever saw actual police duty, but one can only hope.
14. 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan with the 396 cubic-inch V8
1965 saw the addition of the 396 cubic-inch big-block V8 to police-spec Biscaynes. 325 horsepower was standard, and could be upped to 425. They were the most powerful police cruisers of the year.
15. 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne Station Wagon
The no-frills Biscayne station wagon continued to be a police fleet favorite until 1968, its final year. Power options were wider than ever before, from the six-cylinder 250 Turbo-Thrift up to the 427 cubic-inch Turbo-Fire V8. And though the highly psychedelic flashing light on top is probably just an advertising choice, it certainly would have stopped acid-crazed miscreant flower children dead in their tracks.
16. 1969 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban
Chevy’s big Suburban was a natural for police duty. Capacious cargo area, no frills, and truck-like capability worked in unison with standard six-cylinder power to create a thrifty workhorse. Four-wheel drive and V8 power was available, making a perfect rescue vehicle.
17. 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Sedan
The Chevelle was in its second generation by 1969. While a Thrift 250 Six was offered on base models, a special police package offered the 396 cubic-inch Turbo-Jet V8, the only four-door Chevelle to get one. The package also came with a heavy-duty rear axle, rear stabilizer, and radiator.
18. 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Station Wagon
The V8-only Kingswood was based on the popular Impala and is prized among collectors today. Four engines were offered, from the base 327 cubic-inch Turbo-Fire with 235 horsepower up to the monstrous 429 cubic-inch Turbo-Jet with 390 horses. In police trim, it could be the ultimate sleeper, especially when gas was 35 cents a gallon.
19. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Coupe
Seeing this beast in the rearview meant only one thing: you were busted. The SS featured 396 cubic inches of V8 churning out 350 horsepower. A coupe body meant lighter weight and better handling, improved by beefier police-spec suspension components. Sharp eyes have no doubt already spotted the “350” emblem ahead of the wheel on the front fender. Even though this particular car has an SS badge and a cowl induction hood, it likely carries a 350 cubic-inch engine. In any case, what a totally bitchin’ Malibu.
20. Classic Chevy police cars
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