Thursday, 6 March 2014

Cop Gear

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Until recently, the Metropolitan Police Historic Vehicle Collection has lived at the Hampton Traffic Garage. However, its impending closure necessitated a move to new premises, with the Driving School at Hendon being chosen as the fleet's new home. But rather than just loading the cars and bikes onto transporters and shifting them efficiently from point A to point B, the Met chose to drive them in convoy through the city and make a show of it. Halfway through the route they stopped off at New Scotland Yard to be inspected by the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, and this is where SuckSqueezeBangBlow caught up with the cars and had a good poke around. As you can see, it's a diverse collection - among its number are an armoured Special Branch-spec Rover P6, a V8 SD1, a Land Rover traffic car, a tastefully restored 1947 Wolseley 18/48, and (of course) Panda cars in Morris 1000 and Austin 1100 flavours. And doesn't it seem like only yesterday that the imposing Rover 827 was on the beat...?
You can read more about it in this week's Classic Car Buyer, and see some more photos here.

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