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Top 10: Classic British police cars

Before the mid-1970s, it seemed as if Britain's police forces bought nothing but British cars. Watch any film or TV programme made between 1945 and 1980, and you'll be treated to a veritable feast of classic British metal afixed with blues and twos, and painted in iconic 'Jam sandwich' livery. The most famous of the lot is probably the Rover SD1, which for people of a certain age, is the police car.

Here, then, are 10 British police cars from through the years - a time when the idea of one of our forces buying a Volvo, Skoda or Hyundai simply wasn't cricket. Some are more recognisable than others, so be prepared for the odd surpsrise...

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Mini

Being nippy and economical, Minis were mainly used as Panda cars in the UK, although some forces elected to use the Cooper versions as Patrol and pursuit cars. However, here's an interesting picture of a police Mini in an unlikely setting - the USA.

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