68 Dodge Polara Police Car

68 Dodge Polara Police Car Owned/submitted by:
Matt Lyons

From:
Oceanside, California, United States

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Specifications:
  • Engine 318 cu. in. V8.
  • Automatic Transmission.
More Specs:

Overall Length: 220.8″, Wheelbase: 122″, Traditional Police Black and White paint scheme, with dog dish hub caps and whip antenna!

History:


In 2003, I bought this car in Washington State for $2,000.00 from a private owner. It was in mostly good condition, except for the interior seat and head liner. The engine smoked and needed a good once over (Gaskets, plugs, tune up, etc.). My son Justin and I made this a project to replicate an old police car used at the Oceanside, California Police Department.

It took us about 9 months and a total of $6500.00, to get the car up and running fully (working straight through most every night after work). It was a lot of fun doing this with my son. This car is used in parades and other civic functions and is a real crowd pleaser with old siren and cherry light on top (Much like the car used on Andy Griffith Show).

The Dodge Polara was a standard car used by many police agencies in the United States (Especially California and South West). The car number would have been an 800 series number, (Given that it was a 1968 model). However, I took the liberty to use the number 269, which was the badge number of Oceanside City Police Officer Tony Zeppetella, who was killed in the line of duty June 13, 2003 (To honor his memory and service!). It is registered in California as a Historic Vehicle!

My Ride’s Pictures:
68 Dodge Polara Police Car Description of Picture on the Left:
Here is one of the 68 Dodge Polara Police Car Pics. Worth noting on this Pic is the writing “Oceanside” and “Police” as well as the crest painted on the side. Click on the Pic to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Front Pic of the 68 Dodge Polara Police Car. You can see it’s prepped for a parade. I wonder if the two gentlemen standing in the background are the owner and his son. Click on the Pic to enlarge.
68 Dodge Polara Police Car
68 Dodge Polara Police Car Description of Picture on the Left:
Rear view of the 68 Dodge Polara Police Car Pics. You can see the “Oceanside Police” written on the Trunk Lid, as well as the whip antenna and it’s obvious that this Classic is ready for the parade. Click to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Side view of the 68 Dodge Polara Police Car Pics. Take a look at the length of this Classic (220.8″ long). Please click on the Pic to enlarge.
68 Dodge Polara Police Car
68 Dodge Polara Police Car Description of Picture on the Left:
Front Corner view of the 68 Dodge Polara Police Car. Dog Dish Hub Caps just like the ones on this Car, have been the standard on all Police Cars over the years. Click pic to enlarge.

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