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Top 10: TV cop cars

We all love a ‘proper’ TV cop show, don’t we? The kind of series that offers intrigue and action in equal measure (if we’re lucky). But for many classic car fans, it’s often the four-wheeled stars that we remember before the human ones.

So join us on this celebration of ten of the best cop cars used in some of the most successful series of the last forty-odd years. From Bodie and Doyle’s RS2000 to Starsky and Hutch’s Gran Torino, there have been some truly memorable cop cars on our screens. Oh, and don’t forget to comment with your personal favourite. 

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Columbo – Peugeot 403 Cabriolet

First launched in 1971 and enjoying a seven-series run through to ’78, Columbo made a welcome return to American screens in 1989 for a further three series. It was a major achievement for a storyline centred around a scruffy homicide detective (played by Peter Falk) known for his crumpled beige raincoat and cigar-smoking ways. Columbo was not your average cop, and so the show’s creators insisted that he shouldn’t drive an average American automobile, hence his 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet – a car that was as dishevelled looking as Columbo himself, and all the better for it.

Read our Peugeot 403 review here

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80sXS    on 6 January 2017

Crockett's white Testarossa in the later episodes of Miami Vice is my favourite 'cop car'. I also thought the Sapphire Cosworth was a good choice for Spender.

TICKENHAMTIGER    on 9 January 2017

Crockett must have been on the take to have afforded that Ferrari!
Great memories of those cars. I recall seeing a show where the private detective had an Alfa 156, while strangely enough Wallander didn't have either a Saab or a Volvo.

CanAmSteve    on 9 January 2017

The Saint's P1800 Volvo? Hazell's Stag?

   on 9 January 2017

How could you have included Steve McQueen's superb Bullet, surely one of the most iconic cop cars of all time. A 105E Anglia, are you joking?

Pete4L    on 9 January 2017

As CanAmSteve said .... Hazell's Stag should have been in the list and also Bodie's Capri 3.0 S..... Then there's Steed's Broadspeed Jag from the New Avengers... Or Roger moore's Aston from The Persuaders....There's so many others I could mention...
Perhaps HJ should do a top 20!.....

David Harrison    on 9 January 2017

Don't foget C.A.T.S: series 1,2,3 between 1985-1987.series 2 and 3 they used mk1 rs turbo one in white the other in azure blue.I had a white rs turbo at the same time and wish I still had it today.

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