28 July 2014


Cop shows have been around nearly as long as the television itself, and TV squad cars have always sought to emulate the real-world cruisers that sometimes fill our mirrors. Here are 10 from some of the most popular cop shows of the last seven decades.

Highway Patrol (1955–59)
1955/58 Buick Century; 1956/57 Buick Special; 1956–59 Dodge Coronet; 1956–57 Mercury Custom; 1957 Mercury Monterey

The Andy Griffith Show (1960–68)
1960–61 Ford Fairlane; 1962–63 Ford Galaxie; 1964–66 Ford Custom

Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–63)
1961/63 Plymouth Belvedere; 1962 Plymouth Savoy

Adam-12 (1968-75)
1968–69 Plymouth Belvedere; 1971 Plymouth Satellite; 1972 AMC Matador

CHiPs (1977–83)
1973 Dodge Polara; 1975 Dodge Coronet; 1974–75/77 Dodge Monaco

Hill Street Blues (1981–87)
1976 Dodge Monaco

T.J. Hooker (1982–86)
1977 Dodge Monaco; 1979 Dodge St. Regis

In the Heat of the Night (1988–95)
1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria; 1990s Chevy Caprice

The Shield (2002–2008)
1999 Ford Crown Victoria

Southland (2009–13)
1999 Ford Crown Victoria; 2006 Dodge Charger

All cars used for these TV cop shows and several others can be found at the terrific Internet Movie Car Database, www.imcdb.org.

1 Reader Comment

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    Timothy P Mullins United States June 10, 2015 at 10:35
    How do I go about buying a car from movie/tv productions...I was wondering about the police cars from the show"In the heat of the night"?

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