Thursday, June 11, 2015
5k: 9C1 Police Special: 2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan
If you are in the market for a moderately used ex-police car, but find the Crown Vic too boaty, and the Dodge Charger too pricy, there is a middle road you can travel for the cop experience. It comes in the form of the eight generation Chevrolet Impala, a hapless front-driver that you wouldn't want to touch in the consumer version, but a tasty treat in police 9C1/9C3 spec. Find this 2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan Police 9C1 special here on eBay currently bidding for $2,555 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Middletown, NY.
De-chromed and riding on steel wheels, the 2nd gen w-body version of the Impala actually looks pretty cool in 9C1 spec. Gone are any luxury accoutrements of the civilian version and in place is pure form-follows-function that includes upgraded "cop" suspension and a "SURV MODE" switch that turns off all lights (including DRLs).
The interior features basement spec cloth seats, some wood trim, shifter on the column, and carpet (the squad car versions come with washable rubber liner, much easier to cleaning out perp fluids left over from the nightly roundup). Sgt Joe Friday and Det Bill Gannon didn't have a nav system, fancy stereo, or heated seats in their squad car, why would you want it?
Power comes from a 3.8 liter series II L36 V6, a descendant of the ancient Buick V6. Expect 200 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque to be plenty of power for being stuck behind people who won't drive over the speed limit because they think you are a cop.
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