This Mustang chased Porsches for a residing

Not each police automobile is a humdrum sedan. This episode of “Jay Leno’s Storage” includes a Fox-body 1982 Ford Mustang that, as an outdated tagline mentioned, chased Porsches for a residing. Retired California Freeway Patrol officer Wealthy Sapikowski gives a firsthand account of what it was wish to drive the Mustang.

Within the early Nineteen Eighties, the CHP decided that it want a sooner police automobile for high-speed pursuits. The reply was a police model of the Mustang LX, full with a 4-speed guide transmission and a 2-barrel carburetor model of the ever-present 5.0-liter V-8 (later variations had gasoline injection and a 5-speed guide). Police automobiles bought a much bigger alternator and radiator, silicone hoses, a cold-air consumption, and high-speed rated tires. This system lasted from 1982 to 1993.

The unique carbureted automobiles made 157 hp, whereas the later fuel-injected automobiles made 225 hp. That made them rather a lot sooner than the common patrol automobile, so officers fought over them, Sapikowski mentioned. A former Detroit avenue racer, he recalled seeing an indicated 160 mph in a later fuel-injected automobile, and believes he reached 180 mph at instances, primarily based on a tachometer studying. Nevertheless, the air con was designed to chop out at 100 mph—not supreme in sunny California.

1982 Ford Mustang police car on Jay Leno's Garage

1982 Ford Mustang police automobile on Jay Leno’s Storage

Whereas the Mustangs wore the standard black-and-white CHP livery, they did not have an overhead mild bar and thus weren’t as readily identifiable as standard police automobiles. That led to many complaints of entrapment by drivers caught by the speedy ‘Stangs, Sapikowski mentioned.

The CHP Mustang does have exterior spotlights and many of the different anticipated police gear, together with a siren, radio (which should have been difficult to make use of in a manual-transmission automobile) and a gun rack that might maintain a shotgun and AR-15 assault rifle. The Mustang’s cramped cabin made eradicating the weapons awkward, resulting in some unintended discharges, Sapikowski mentioned.

This automobile wears plain metal wheels with canine dish hubcaps, which is not nearly performance. Later automobiles left the manufacturing facility with bright-finish alloy wheels that had been then powder coated black as a result of officers had been involved concerning the public response if CHP police automobiles regarded too fancy, Sapikowski defined.

1982 Ford Mustang police car on Jay Leno's Garage

1982 Ford Mustang police automobile on Jay Leno’s Storage

The seats have material inserts as a substitute of the standard police-car vinyl upholstery, which was higher suited to sizzling California climate, Sapikowski mentioned. The 2-door Mustang pressured cops into nearer contact with the individuals they arrested, as they’d sometimes be positioned within the entrance passenger’s seat, or alongside an officer within the again seat.

Leno did not appear too impressed with the Mustang’s efficiency, however Sapikowski mentioned it was fairly quick for its time. Within the early Nineteen Eighties speedometers in most automobiles solely went as much as 85 mph because of emissions-related guidelines, he famous. He mentioned the quickest he recorded somebody was 125 mph, nonetheless nicely inside the Mustang’s efficiency envelope.

Watch the complete video to see this retired police automobile again on its outdated beat, and to take a look at a contemporary tribute primarily based on a current-generation Mustang.

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