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Old 09-28-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default 1973 Japanese Police Mach 1

I'd never seen this. Crazy cool:
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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That's crazy and cool. Wonder if they had any other years.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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Crazy stuff. Never woulda thunk it. The big *** light on the roof kills me!
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pretty cool and id imagine quite rare
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Its actually labeled from the Tochigi prefecture which is just north of Tokyo. It looks like the real deal, that picture is from the museum and a company makes a 1/18 diecast replica of it.
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Very cool indeed. I love seeing American muscle cars outside of the U.S.
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Crazy!!!
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almost would no care about the ticket if they gave it to me in that
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That's crazy, reminds me of the ferrari and lambo cop cars in Europe
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #10
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Very cool indeed. I love seeing American muscle cars outside of the U.S.
Yeah I can't stand that we want to buy nissian taxi cabs in ny city. You would think countries would support their own brands. Cool car none the less.
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Different but cool!
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Yeah I can't stand that we want to buy nissian taxi cabs in ny city. You would think countries would support their own brands. Cool car none the less.
Ford tried in NYC. I think it was a better Taxi than the Nissan.. but I am a little bias towards Fords... =)
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Never found info about it. Was wondering about it after finding this:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1-18-Scal...-/110959004935
http://www.legacydiecast.com/xq/asp/.../qx/review.htm

Well, a local seller had the model on offer. I just never acquired it
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very different..never seen it.
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http://www.motor-talk.de/forum/funny...-t4214127.html
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Bin eben auf was lustiges gestoßen:

1973 verwendete die japanische Polizei offensichtlich mehrere 1973 Mustang Mach 1 als Polizeiwagen .

Die Autos waren mit dem üblichen Polizeigedöns ausgerüstet - Funk, usw.

Besonders markant ist, daß es die stärksten 73er waren, mit 351C "Cobra Jet" Motoren, 4V-Vergaser und funktionierendem RamAir. Man beachte die zusätzlichen Seitenblinker an den Kotflügel und die für japanische Vorschriften modifizierte Frontschürze (im Bild nicht gut erkennbar).

Ebenso bemerkenswert ist, daß es sich um Linkslenker handelte.
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Just found something funny:

1973 the Japanese Police apparently used a few 1973 Mustang Mach 1 as copcar.

The cars were fitted with the normal policegoodies - radio etc.

Of special interest is, that these were the most powerful 73s around, with the 351C "Cobra Jet" engine, 4V carburator, and working RamAir. Please note the extra side blinkers on the fender and the for Japanese regulations required altered front spoiler (hard to make out in the pictures).

Also of note is that these were lefthand driven cars.
http://www.streetlegaltv.com/news/ja...s-as-cop-cars/
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Though these days Japan has a (somewhat) thriving auto industry, it wasn’t always that way. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Japanese cars were light years behind their American counterparts, at least in terms of raw power. Japanese V8 engines were few and far between, though Japanese car companies did mimic the large-and-in-charge style of American cars with some models. This left the Japanese police out-powered and unable to catch up with the bad guys in their own small-engine patrol vehicles.

We suppose that is the reason why Japan looked to America for its cop cars, and they looked in the right place. Over on Reddit a user posted the above picture of a Japanese pursuit car…which just happens to be a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1. And it looks pretty damn cool if we do say so ourselves.

According to Reddit users fluent in Japanese, this Mustang Mach 1 was used as a pursuit vehicle in the Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. The police livery appears to have been kept deliberately minimal, though the black-and-white look of this Mustang certainly give it a fearsome look. We’d hate to be the lawbreaker who saw that in their rear view mirror.

While we’d never heard of this particular brand of Japanese patrol cars before, apparently it is a well-known fact in Japan that Mustangs made for pursuit vehicles back in “the day.” So much so that there is even a 1:18 scale model replica of this very pursuit car. That is seriously cool, and we now have a new-found respect for the Japanese police forces. They obviously have great taste!
http://policecar.nomaki.jp/mustang.html
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