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Vintage Patrol: 1962 Chrysler Newport

APCO 2013 attendees were treated to a restored version of this muscular sedan.

September 27, 2013  |  by - Also by this author

Photos by Paul Clinton.
Photos by Paul Clinton.
In the early 1960s, Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputies patroled the mostly undeveloped jurisdiction outside of Anaheim and Irvine with Chrysler Newports.

The 1962 model of these muscular Chrysler sedans offered deputies a 5.9-liter, V-8 (361 CID) rear-wheel powertrain with push button transmission. The engine was rated at 265 hp. The vehicle included power steering and drum brakes.

The radio equipment was tuned for low-band (45 MHz) transmissions and a Federal C5GB electromechanical siren assisted deputies on pursuits and Code 3 response.

In 1962, the sheriff's department updated its six-point star logo from the previous seven-point star.

One of these vehicles has been lovingly restored by the Orange County Sheriff's Museum and Education Center, which was founded by Ray Grimes, a retired communications division assistant director and current reserve captain. Grimes is also the co-director of the center. The vehicle appeared at the 2013 APCO conference in late August.

For more information on the center, visit their website here.

Related:

Classic Chrysler Patrol Cars

Vintage Patrol: 1968 Dodge Coronet

Tags: Police History, Patrol Cars, Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff, Chrysler


Comments (3)

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Steven Schaufler @ 10/1/2013 3:56 AM

Very nice! I remember we (New Jersey State Police) had Chrysler Newports up on the Garden State Parkway.

Old El Tee @ 10/7/2013 9:09 PM

Brakes were "power other than drum........." HUH? If not cast iron drum, pray tell what trick Chrysler used to stop these cars. As well, then these cars were not the "Enforcer" model utilized by the California Highway Patrol? The engine is the plain Jane standard model then, with a two barrel carb and single exhaust. Nice ride, but not very very fast.

132&Bush @ 8/29/2014 5:43 PM

I so want to collect cop cars when I grow up...if I ever do.

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