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Some vehicles of this period.

Mk3 Ford Zephyr arrival.
Z-Cars TV series used Mk3 Ford Zephyrs
The Westminster was replaced about 1964 by a Ford Zephyr Mk 3. For police use Ford fitted the slightly larger Zodiac engine into the Zephyr 6 body shell. Although the Westminster had been
a sedate old girl with reasonable handling, the Zephyr knocked spots off it, in my view, in terms of speed and handling. I would go so far as to say that this was my favourite patrol car throughout my service. It was utterly reliable and was a delight to drive. It had a good heater, too, compared to the Westminster, in which, in winter, we had to wear short overcoats known as ‘British Warms’, because the heater was none too efficient. The photograph (below) of the Mark 3 Zephyr is identical in every way to the patrol car I drove.

 

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk
Ford Zephyr & Cortina police cars remembered

I sourced these by searching for images a cross the net, I have hopefully enabled people to see where i originally sourced them, in order that the original posters are credited with these fine reference pictures.

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Ford Zephyr & Cortina police cars remembered

Our replacement for the Mark 3 Zephyr was a Mark 4

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1960s

Jaguar 2 and 3.8

Big Cat on the Prowl | Two Manchester City Police officers ...

Big Cat on the Prowl | Two Manchester City Police officers ...

In the 1960s, Jaguars were a popular choice with the police in the UK. The Mark 2, and later the 340 were used as patrol cars, especially on motorways

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1965 (in Goathland near scripps for those who know the TV series Heartbeat 🙂

 

FYI picture is a modern one

 

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c.1961 BSA 591cc M21 AA Motorcycle Combination - Picture Gallery - Motorbase
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historic-aa-vehicles.html

With the need to carry more equipment and spare parts as roads got busier, the AA began a gradual switch to vans from 1962 onwards. The last motorcycle combinations were taken out of service in 1968.

The link can take you to an AA vehicles site 🙂

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1964 youtube video

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John Porter Greyvoices
Thank you Jaz. The video was interesting but the comment in 1964 that, "there is no other way" than building more and more roads and car parks shows that the official mindset was anti public transport.

I owned both a Zephyr and a Mk2 Jaguar. In the early seventies you could pick up 10 year old examples of both for a song. I had the 4 cylinder Zephyr but then stepped up to a straight 6 Zodiac. What a car that was with a front bench seat and full executive spec. I loved it but it was prone to shock absorber top plate rust. I learnt how to weld (badly) with that top plate renewal.

My Jag was a 3.4 but with increased compression gained with a skimmed head. Yes we used to tinker in those days. My Jaguar was a trade in and I found it at the back of a dealers yard. it wouldn't start even with a new battery but I accidentally burnt my hand on the throttle linkage when turning it over which showed that the problem was the earth strap. I immediately struck a deal with the garage (£80) and then, after a few minutes worth of filing and emery papering around where the earth strap was connected to the block, drove away with the car ............ much to the surprise of the dealer. A 10 year old Jag for £80. Those were the days.

It was the oil crisis of the early seventies that made these large cars so cheap but for a chap in his early twenties who needed wheels that impressed the ladies fuel consumption was the last consideration.

Thanks for bringing back those memories.

Best regards .................. John
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