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Kojak.

The Corgi Buick had a clicky wheel thing below the rear bumper which, if you used a considerable amount of imagination, sounded like gunshots. Yes, really.

 

I don't think today's generation would be very impressed.

I still have one of these, somewhere, along with the silver Professionals Capri 3.0S, S&H Torino, Saint XJS, Bond Aston DB5 (late 70s edn), various Batmobiles, Bond Esprit with the pop out bits. And a police Mk3 Cortina which I used to pretend was from The Sweeney.

And a police Jag XJ12 Coupe !!! (Ok crims, get in the back, - "Faahkin right on man, must break the lorrr more often").

Collecting die cast models of cars from the TV was fab. I think the last die cast I bought or was given was around 1979 / 80.

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^ My Grandad used to buy me cap-guns. Some had little plastic pellets which just got hammered when you pulled the trigger.

But more exciting were the rolls of cap-gun 'tape'. Rolls about maybe 10mm wide but with 'dots'.

Scrape right along the tape with a screwdriver and light them all up cracking and popping, preferably near someone who was sitting down's arse.

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Doyle drove a P6 and Bodie had a Dolly Sprint in the first few episodes, Cowley only ever had an SD1 or Granada. The opening credits of the first series did show him driving a Shadow, although I don't think this ever appeared in a show.attachicon.gifimage.jpeg

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Only just discovered this P6 also appeared in Sweeney2- the second movie.

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Albeit modernised* with reflective plates.

 

P6 featured in the opening credits of "The Gaffer", with the late Bill Maynard tossing yet another parking ticket into the back seat....

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That, and the Mini Coopers on the original Italian Job.

 

 

What impressed me, as an impressionable youth, was not the Mini's, it was the Alfa Romeo Giulia Supers - utterly exotic to someone in rural Yorkshire and my first realisation that the world of cars extended beyond Ford/BMC.

 

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That Jacque Tati's 'Traffic' also widened my horizons...

 

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This very early Mk2 Capri 3000 Ghia from The Sweeney still interests me. Modena green, which I don't remember ever seeing on a Mk2, especially not on a Ghia, although it was a Ford colour till around 75. One of the selling features of the Mk2 Ghia was it's 'remote control' driver's door mirror. This Ghia didn't have any door mirrors or wing mirrors at all.

Also, graphite paint detailing on these early alloy wheels till around 1976 which looks much better than the plain silver used later. These wheels factory optional on Mk2 Escort Ghias too.

 

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The PTW cars are / were well-known press cars used by car mags, etc.

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This was the 1st car I remember from TV,I had the Corgi toy bought for me when I went into hospital to have my tonsils out but managed to lose it.It was replaced by a Corgi Capri Dragster as the toy shop didn't have another one :-(

 

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That (or a replica of it) lives about 10 miles from me in a garage complex. It’s about 1/2 a mile from Princes Paisley Park studios. Same guy has a Batmobile replica among other TV treasures.

Edit: found a pic :)

 

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What about the Ford Escort (Harrier?) at the beginning of Minder?

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The mk3 capri's on the professionals have all been restored, the 2 mk2s havn't been found.

And i found out myself the escort is now showing as taxed! Since may. On its real reg of PNO672R

The red granada's false plate is actually registerd to a red granada on sorn and no mot since 2015

The two ones used that had the fake plate have been dead since 1990 and 1992

The dark blue/black granada has been dead since 1993

The second dark blue /black granada was scrapped in 1995

 

http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/profcars.htm

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Don’t forget The Professionals’ earlier British Leyland fleet. Bodie had a Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Doyle had a TR7 and Cowley had an SD1. After Series 1 the production team got fed up with the cars breaking down all the time (legend has it) so they moved on to Fords.

 

That's not entirely true, the main reason they sacked off BL and went over to Ford was more to do with BL's brilliant PR dept not seeing the advantage of having their products on primetime TV every week watched by millions (for younger viewers - there were only three channels then!) - total fucking genius move BL!!

 

Thus, they dicked the production company around, wouldn't let them keep the cars for any period, delivering different ones so there was no continuity (that you got with the Fords - hence in series 1, why one week they'd be in a TR7, the next a Dolly Sprint etc) and also bitching and whining if there was a scratch or the car was dirty when returned.

 

Consequently, they approached Ford before the second series who jumped at the chance to plug their products in primetime ITV, handed over specific cars - not from their press fleet as BL did and gave every assistance so everyone was happy - well, maybe except BL if anyone of the great and the good realised what an opportunity they'd just handed over to the opposition that is! (I doubt it). 

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On the subject of The Professionals, it was made by the same outfit as The New Avengers and they used the some of the same locations and occasionally, vehicles. The one that made the most appearances wasn't a car, it was a little red P or R-reg'd Honda trailie, an early XL125 I think, it can be seen in Doyles back yard as well as being ridden by someone trying to get away from them amongst other times. It was also 'ridden' by Purdy in TNA on a couple of occasions. 

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The mk3 capri's on the professionals have all been restored, the 2 mk2s havn't been found.

And i found out myself the escort is now showing as taxed! Since may. On its real reg of PNO672R

The red granada's false plate is actually registerd to a red granada on sorn and no mot since 2015

The two ones used that had the fake plate have been dead since 1990 and 1992

The dark blue/black granada has been dead since 1993

The second dark blue /black granada was scrapped in 1995

 

http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/profcars.htm

Some interesting info on there, but they aren’t half an irritating bunch of sycophantic Ford fanboys.

 

Mk2 Escorts were brilliant right up to the ‘slide into mediocrity’ of the Mk3? Er, ok.

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Always thought it weird that they used a Daytona Spyder in Miami Vice given how expensive they were even back then, esp when they blew it up! I thought 'Wow, they must have a serious budget for this show!'

 

Only later did I find out it wasn't a real one, it was based on (I think) a Corvette of the era.

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It was kit using corvette running gear.

 

Two different MK3 estates where used in shoestring both wearing the same false plate series one an XL & an L in the second.

Trevor eve didn't want to continue in the series so it was changed to a washed up cop on jersey & relaunched as bergerac.

 

Unfortunately non of the Cortinas from the Sweeney/professionals are known to survive only the consul GT does I believe.

Both the W reg MK3 capris survive but the T reg one is a ringer.

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