It's got a cop motor: a 440 cubic inch plant.
It's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. .
What do you say, is this the new Bluesmobile, or what?
- The Blues Brothers
As a car buff, I have an affinity for a great many kinds of vehicles - but there is nothing that has me drooling like the prospect of owning an honest-to-god Cop Car.
Not just any cop car, not your regular cruisers - but Interceptors.
Regular cars that are factory-modified for extreme abuse and very high speeds.
Police and Service Specials.
Chevy Caprices with Corvette LT-1 engines. 5.0 Mustangs with the plain-jane exteriors and racing parts. FBI Buick GNX's. Chevy Lumina and Impala four-door sedans with quad pipes. Crown Vics with Triton V-8 motors and flat-black grills.
And the Holy Grail - Dodge Monaco and Grand Fury's with Mopar Hemi 440 blocks.
Not to be sold from the factory to the general public.
On Jacksonville's Phillips Highway (US1), a stretch of road replete with motels, strip mall businesses, nudie bars and countless used car lots - there sits a small nondescript used car lot.
Blink and you'll miss it.
Nothing particularly special about it, until you notice the lot is full of domestic cars that have suspiciously fat tires and sport cop spotlights.
Cars with steel wheels, no hubcaps and all wearing fat black Goodyear GatorBacks.
Crown Vics, Chevy Caprices, Mustang 5.0's.. all painted either white or black.
Basically, these are all retired Florida Highway Patrol Interceptors.
Blues Brothers heaven.
If I were to open a Used Car lot.. thats what Id specialize in.
New and Used Cop Cars.
Id call it 5-Oh Motors.
(Hawaii 5-0 theme music in the background...)