Not each and every police automobile is a humdrum sedan. This episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” functions a Fox-entire body 1982 Ford Mustang that, as an outdated tagline mentioned, chased Porsches for a residing. Retired California Highway Patrol officer Wealthy Sapikowski supplies a firsthand account of what it was like to drive the Mustang.

In the early 1980s, the CHP established that it require a more rapidly police automobile for higher-velocity pursuits. The reply was a police model of the Mustang LX, full with a four-velocity guide transmission and a two-barrel carburetor model of the ubiquitous five.-liter V-eight (later on versions had fuel injection and a five-velocity guide). Police autos acquired a larger alternator and radiator, silicone hoses, a cold-air consumption, and higher-velocity rated tires. The plan lasted from 1982 to 1993.

The authentic carbureted autos created 157 hp, whilst the later on fuel-injected autos created 225 hp. That created them a whole lot more rapidly than the common patrol automobile, so officers fought more than them, Sapikowski mentioned. A former Detroit street racer, he recalled seeing an indicated 160 mph in a later on fuel-injected automobile, and believes he reached 180 mph at instances, based mostly on a tachometer reading through. Nevertheless, the air conditioning was made to minimize out at one hundred mph—not excellent in sunny California.

1982 Ford Mustang police car on Jay Leno's Garage

1982 Ford Mustang police automobile on Jay Leno’s Garage

Although the Mustangs wore the classic black-and-white CHP livery, they did not have an overhead light bar and therefore weren’t as readily identifiable as traditional police autos. That led to a lot of complaints of entrapment by drivers caught by the speedy ‘Stangs, Sapikowski mentioned.

The CHP Mustang does have external spotlights and most of the other anticipated police products, which includes a siren, radio (which have to have been difficult to use in a guide-transmission automobile) and a gun rack that could hold a shotgun and AR-15 assault rifle. The Mustang’s cramped cabin created getting rid of the guns awkward, top to some accidental discharges, Sapikowski mentioned.

This automobile wears plain steel wheels with canine dish hubcaps, which is not just about performance. Later on autos left the factory with vivid-finish alloy wheels that have been then powder coated black since officials have been concerned about the public response if CHP police autos looked as well fancy, Sapikowski explained.

1982 Ford Mustang police car on Jay Leno's Garage

1982 Ford Mustang police automobile on Jay Leno’s Garage

The seats have cloth inserts as an alternative of the typical police-automobile vinyl upholstery, which was much better suited to scorching California climate, Sapikowski mentioned. The two-door Mustang forced cops into closer make contact with with the individuals they arrested, as they would normally be positioned in the front passenger’s seat, or alongside an officer in the back seat.

Leno did not seem to be as well impressed with the Mustang’s functionality, but Sapikowski mentioned it was quite rapidly for its time. In the early 1980s speedometers in most autos only went up to 85 mph due to emissions-connected principles, he mentioned. He mentioned the quickest he recorded a person was 125 mph, nevertheless properly inside the Mustang’s functionality envelope.

View the complete video to see this retired police automobile back on its outdated beat, and to verify out a present day tribute based mostly on a existing-generation Mustang.