Junkyard Gem: 2010 Chevrolet Impala 9C1 Police Car

From its introduction for the 1992 model yr until finally its discontinuation in 2011, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor so dominated the North American police-motor vehicle universe that it seemed like you hardly at any time noticed The Regulation driving just about anything else. Continue to, Typical Motors designed a identified effort to pry absent some product sales to law-enforcement fleet prospective buyers through that time period, mainly in the variety of the 9C1/9C3 Chevrolet Impala/Caprice. I’ve documented just a single rear-wheel-generate 9C1 Caprice in this sequence so significantly, so the time seemed proper to seek out out a afterwards entrance-wheel-travel Chevy law enforcement cruiser. Here is a W-Platform 9C1 Impala, discovered in a Denver self-support garden lately.

The Impala was a rear-wheel-push automobile from the time of its introduction for the 1958 model year by way of the last “whale” cars and trucks in 1996, with some interruptions in concerning when only the Caprice identify was applied on large Chevy sedans bought listed here. When the Impala title was revived— again— for the 2000 design 12 months, it was used to a front-wheel-generate car based mostly on the exact system as the Pontiac Grand Prix and Chevrolet Monte Carlo. That is exactly where it stayed till The Common axed the Impala still another time, in 2020.

It is effortless ample to get ex-cop motor vehicles at auction, as I uncovered when I purchased the seven-year-outdated P71 Law enforcement Interceptor that grew to become my day-to-day driver for the latter 50 percent of the 2000s. That vehicle was an unmarked unit utilized by a parole officer, even though modern Junkyard Gem definitely started daily life as a standard patrol auto.

I assume my next ex-law enforcement automobile will require to come from Japan. As the owner of a Subaru kei van, I have experienced my eye on Japanese auctions for a reliable Subaru Chiffon Law enforcement Interceptor (this despite the truth that the Chiffon is actually a Daihatsu and will never be legal for import to the United States for a different 19 years).

Electrical power arrived from this 3.9-liter High Value V6 engine, rated at 230 horsepower with the 9C1’s twin-exhaust program.

The only transmission available was a weighty-duty variation of the 4T65E 4-speed automated. There seems to be a spare in this car’s trunk.

The 9C1 got all manner of unique products, such as oversized fluid coolers and heavy-duty suspension and brakes. This one particular continue to has some of its law enforcement electronics inside of.

I marvel how numerous perps rode in this back again seat (which may possibly have been a urine-resistant fiberglass device throughout law enforcement assistance).

The original wheels should have appeared too cop-like with their dogdish hubcaps, so a established of Pontiac alloy rims obtained swapped in at some issue.

The digital odometer indicates we will by no means know how numerous miles ended up on this car, but we can believe that they had been several and challenging.