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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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Range Rover

Sometimes, a pursuit and patrol car needs to stray off the beaten track, and what better vehicle to do it in than a V8 powered Range Rover - it's the classic era's ultimate unstoppable car. This 1978 Range Rover in service with the Wiltshire Constabulary will have had plenty of room in the boot for traffic cones, too.

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