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My current Escort 1.8 D saloon was a police car (according to the plate under the bonnet). Bit of an odd choice as its pretty damn slow.

 

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Carlton 'L' spec - must have only been an 1800 or a 2000. My dad had a 2200 CDi in this shape, which I loved driving when I turned 17. 8)

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And the PSNI Land Rover isn't a Snatch. Its a product of the Northern Irish police workshops, they've been at the cutting edge of armoured vehicle design for nearly 40 years. It offers similar protection to a Snatch(based on PSNI kit) but the Afghani militant types use much bigger bombs than the Irish.

Anorak mode - it is called a Tangi, more heavily armoured than a Snatch Land Rover. Ballistic metal armour on the Tangi, fiberglass and kevlar on the snatch iirc.

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Tangi is swahili for tank, all the psni variants have had swahili names.Overall armour spec I believe is similar between two but Snatch uses balistically tested composites to meet the requirements. Or do you know better than I?My anorak has a pen protector built in...

Tangi, Simba etc, yep the ballistic composite is fibreglass and kevlar on the snatch. The original Tangi was created from cut down Hotspur Land Rover bodies and bodged together on 110 defenders, the weight would be a serious handicap now. I am unsure of the specific ballistic protection provided by each though the Tangi has a rudimentry spaced armour covering the roof and sides.My anorak has a special pocket for my tartan flask :lol:

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I agree with DW, the senator made a brilliant looker of a police car, whenever I see a white one I see sirens and decals all over it. I just remembered, Im going to that Emergency services day at Brooklands on Mayday, hopefully there will be heaps of old police cars.

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Didn't even know this thread existed !Really fond of the Senators and them protected Land RoversTwo police officers were at Wirral Classic Car Club after weeks ago, and mentioned how the big police signs on the front of the SD1, made the bonnet ride up once at a steady pace.Think it was Ken Glass and i can't remember the other guys name.Anyway great thread :)

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And why is that Police SD1 on Minilites?

Because the cooling efficiency of the brakes was improved with the minilites-fact.I think from memory the meat-wagon SD1s used Vitesse spec four-pot calipers and vented discs which is essentially where the Vitesse (all series 2 remember) brakes came from.Man I need an SD1 Vitesse.

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Surprised this has been posted up by the Essex contingent yet;

 

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Not exactly shite, but how cool is that!? My dad always goes on about them, weren't in service for long, if at all, after the guys testing one crashed it and killed themselves. Error.

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Just copped the Garda Sierra on the previous page, I was at school in Mullingar when the Sierra was launched, the Gards got one, we'd go out at lunch and see different Gards taking turns driving it up and down the street, sad fuckers, they only had it a short time though, used it to pull a suspicious looking car on the Dublin road and found themselves face to face with notorious Provo fugitive 'Mad Dog' Mc Glinchy. This characters party piece was to order Gards to strip butt naked, at gunpoint, to which Mullingars finest duly complied. Before exiting with his booty of uniforms and radios, Mad Dog emptied numerous rounds into the poor Sierra.

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Is this not a 'snatch' Land Rover, designed for the streets of Belfast and currently being used with limited effectiveness in Afghanistan...?
No, that is a "Tangi". Pretty different to the Snatch (fnarr fnarr). The Tangi is very difficult to drive at first, but one gets used to it. GR16 for smashing through burning barricades @ 40 MPH.

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Hmmm, is this just not one of todays 'zany' banger rallies......

It does look a bit bazaar for a police publicity photo!, Ringo Starr and Nicholas Cage dressed up as British coppers and Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne as the Dutch coppers!.

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I've said it before but I'll say it again - I love old police cars!A lot of the Met's SD1s had Minilites, not sure of the reason but deffo looked cool.And check out all the tat in shop behind that Carlton :lol: Humberside Ambulance and police van are good nostalgia for me. The loacl health authority used to have a few Transit Dormobiles for patient transport but also for organ delivery I think. I definitely remember the C-reg facelifted Mk2s with a big sign on top and two blue beacons. They were just a standard Ford blue IIRC.

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It sits roughly where it would if you simply took the springs right out of the factory struts. Fortunatly since I did a fair amount of work to the struts/top mounts etc I have some travel. Not a lot but a bit. Pot holes are best avoided which has been fun in recent weeks. :wink: I could engineer some more travel but then the front cross member would hit the ground instead of the suspension bottoming out which I think is a worse situation to be in. And since I can adjust the ride height, I raise it a bit when we are fully loaded and towing the trailer tent.

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Oh well, the things we put up with in the name of vanity!! :lol: Bloody good job you don't live in Sheffield though, coz there's no way of avoiding pot holes round here!! I can't ever recall driving on such appalling roads.

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I remember a chase often seen on "Police Stop" (Compulsory shite viewing) during the early 90s where an old Police Range Rover (As above) along with an old Senator, Granada and Rover 800 were chasing a mk1 Transit. Best bit of that had to be when a copper was describing the driver as being "A large chap with woolly hat" :lol:

 

I also remember as a kid the Belgan Gendarme screeching around in these Golfs right up until the early 00s:

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I read somewhere that the ex Merseyside 5-0 Mexico ended up as a rally car in Wales somewhere. So it leaves SVO and spends the first few years of its life nicking crims and going sideways up Matthew Street.It then retires from service and spends the rest of the time drifting round sheep. Not a bad life for a hot Escy.Next question - why have all the small Paramedic vans (the 205, the Fiesta) got bodykits on them? Did the NHS get paid a subsidy from RGM for running people over? You fucking would get flattened if that XRV came to your aid - the brakes on Mk 3 Fezzas are dreadful. Not as bad as a Polo's anchors, but near enough.Loving the Exactons on the SD1 as well. SD1s made 'ard cop cars, as did the Senators. I never understood why they didn't use the GSI 3000s as motorway cars - they still had a massive boot and they would have been lighter than the Senators.

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