Can I call it a "4-door Roadrunner?" lol

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I know. It's not an actual RR, but I feel like the genealogy makes this at least a cousin or a step-brother or something.

Meet my 1968 Plymouth Belvedere LAPD tribute w/ 383 and 727.

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With its younger sister:

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No it is a Belvedere not a runner.

Of course I know that. I was obviously joking. However, agencies that used the Belvedere in the late 60's frequently nicknamed it a "4 door RR" since it was virtually identical in all of its specs and its barebones amenities. It's been said that the cop package Belvedere was the original inspiration for the Runner.
 
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I think the cop cars had a thicker drum and wider brake shoes.
 

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Nice!!! Post some more pics please, did you fix-up the interior as they were back in the day?
 

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I've got a 69 Fury I plan on doing a tribute car for my department
 

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Yes, for 1971, that's the 1st year the county actually bought patrol cars, prior to 1971 the deputies had to buy there own patrol car.
 

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Yes, for 1971, that's the 1st year the county actually bought patrol cars, prior to 1971 the deputies had to buy there own patrol car.

You're kidding!! Deputies had to foot the bill for their own cop cars?? Did they have to pay for equipping it with all the gear as well? Holy shit!!
 

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You're kidding!! Deputies had to foot the bill for their own cop cars?? Did they have to pay for equipping it with all the gear as well? Holy shit!!
The dept furnished uniforms, a holster, and a handgun( .38 special revolver). They were given a gasoline allowance monthly. If the deputies had any equipment on there cars most of the time they purchased it themselves. Usually just a single beacon on the roof or a spotlight with a colored bulb.
 

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The dept furnished uniforms, a holster, and a handgun( .38 special revolver). They were given a gasoline allowance monthly. If the deputies had any equipment on there cars most of the time they purchased it themselves. Usually just a single beacon on the roof or a spotlight with a colored bulb.

That's still unbelievable. Quite an investment for a new-hire recruit.

But then again, up until the mid-seventies the United States Marshal Service required their Deputy Marshals to use their personal vehicles for day-to-day activities including subpoena/warrant service and even prisoner transport. Since they didn't perform typical LE duties (i.e., patrol, traffic, radio calls) at least they didn't have to equip their cars with conventional police car gear.
 
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