Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Minor 1000 Panda Car

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Driving a police car isn't all about high-speed pursuit, sliding dramatically across the bonnet and firing a few rounds at a bad slag who's done over a bookie's... sometimes it's necessary for Plod to plod about sedately and deal with the mundane minutiae of day-to-day policing. Making sure everyone's keeping their noses clean, being visible. And it's for this purpose that the Morris Minor 1000 found its niche. Sure, its performance would never set your trousers on fire, but it was a reliable and dependable old Hector. And hey, if you needed to chase the perpetrators of a diamond heist who were escaping in a mkII Jag, you'd just radio the control room and get them to despatch a V8 Rover...

This gracefully ageing Minor belongs to the Metropolitan Police's heritage fleet, seen here on manoeuvres through central London recently - click here for more photos. Suits the colour scheme rather well, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Akmos17 said...

it looks like the M8's are holding up pretty well, so it's not far fetched to assume that we can expect a pretty darn good railcar out of