Domo Arigato: 1973 Japanese Police Mach 1 is Cool as Hell



by John Coyle

OK, did you know that Japanese cops used Mach 1 Mustangs in the '70s? Because I didn't! And I have to wonder how many of these babies were nailing speeders over in the Land of the Rising Sun. This stunning example popped up on reddit/r/cars earlier today, and I haven't been able to stop staring at it since. According to the 30 seconds of research I did while writing this post, this appears to be a car from the Aichi Prefecture, which happens to be where Toyota's headquarters is located.  

I love the minimalist livery--particularly the point at the center of the hood--and if I ever get a Mach 1, I think I'd make it a tribute car. Of course, mounting a red siren on top might not go over so well here in LA... 

Luis A. Rolon III (Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:01:04 -0700): Sweet :)
John Groves (Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:07:34 -0700): GREAT , they can start using thier rice burner to start burning popcorn.
Ernest Borowicz (Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:50:16 -0700): Damn...That is still one sweet ride!
John Elliot Cutright (Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:18:16 -0700): That's pretty cool.
Frank Dan Spankers Spangler (Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:44:04 -0700): I spent a year in Iwakuni, Japan in 1977-1978 and never saw one of those. Those are pretty sweet..
Kevin Goody (Sat, 03 Nov 2012 20:51:52 -0700): with 351 cubic inches of cleveland V8 under the hood catching bosozoku bikers and speeders is no problem. the J cops made a good choice here.


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