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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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Triumph 2.5PI

Triumph had long been suppliers of cars to the Police, albeit less prodigiously than its rivals Rover and Jaguar, during the 1960s and into the '70s. The large 2000/2500 saloon proved quite popular, though, and a major buyer was the Metropolitan Police Force. This late Triumph 2.5PI was one of the last police Triumphs to see active duty.


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