Wednesday, April 17, 2013

5k: Bitchin' 4 Cops: 1998 Chevy Camaro B4C Police Package

The Chevy Camaro B4C package is the Police Edition for "service" vehicles and is the 20th century version of Mad Max Rockatansky's Falcon XB Pursuit Special.  It therefore easily earns a Wasteland Wednesday badge for cars that will be usable in a post apocalyptic wasteland.  Find this 1998 Chevrolet Camaro B4C Police Special Service package for sale in Harrison City, PA currently bidding for $4,550 reserve-not-met with buy-it-now of $6,950 on ebay.

B4C is not an abbreviation for "Bitchin' 4 Cops" or "Badnews 4 Criminals", it is the GM special option code that takes a standard Camaro and upgrades it to Police specs.  The B4C featured larger front and rear anti-roll bars, a high output alternator, large 4-wheel disc brakes, a high output LS1 V8 and a basic black/white paint job ready for local PD insignia. The B4C shares many components with the Z28 and 1LE option packages but was only available with an auto.

The B4C package is powered by the GM Gen III small block LS1, an all-alloy 5.7 liter V8 that puts out 305 horsepower and 335 ft-lbs of torque.  Under hood it is the standard Z28 spec stuff, but comes with a power steering and transmission oil cooler.

Inside is the low-rent 6-cyl Camaro cloth interior, but it has probably survived the elements better than the junk GM used for leather in the late 90s.  We don't see any left-over holes from Police equipment mounting brackets, but we do see a small toggle switch under the dash.  As an aside, most P71 interceptors we've seen have dash mounted trunk release buttons - presumably so that officers can quickly pop the trunk from either seat to quickly reach machine guns, bazookas and whatever else Police need to pack these days.

This car was an Escondido, CA PD traffic enforcement car, so it means no-rust but it spent most of its time idling in parking lots with the AC on full blast. 

Update: According to Autotraderclassics this car is potentially one of 239 for the 1998 model year.  Watch out for richinosis!  This article was published to the front page of jalopnik here.

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  1. I'd rock this, but mostly for novelty and entertainment value, and certainly not for anywhere near the asking price. As noted, these vehicles tend to be pretty tired - the odometer mileage is only starting point - the mechanical hours on these cars tend to be through the (perforated and plugged) roof. As an added bonus, with the black-and-white paint job, you may get hassled by the local constabulary. Good times.

  2. Problem with these and Mustang police cars (Florida Highway Patrol among others):
    You spend 8 hours in one of these with all your gear and your laptop, radio, etc., and you feel like you have been living in a shoe box. Also, no place for extra large Dunkin Donut box.
    These are also very prone to sliding around in the rain and are useless in the snow.

  3. What exactly is the toggle switch? My camaro has one and we've got no clue what it is


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