Police Sports Cars

By Andrew Court

For traffic ne’er-do-wells across Europe in the mid 20th century life had a cinematic quality.

Peak road going Euro machismo involved a pack of Camels, a roaring engine that would have Gavin Newsom’s green panties in a bunch, and speed limits that were more a friendly suggestion. Things, as they tend to do, began to change. At first outrunning the cops was a viable plan, but then the police began to play at the road racers own game. 

A Porsche with police lights hot on your trail is an exercise in cognitive dissonance. From the 356 to the 911, most road goers saw these cars as weekend toys for the affluent, not as tools to limit their fun.

The Dutch police in the 60s, however, had a very different point of view. At the time there were no speed limits and the Rijkspolitie were struggling to match pace with a new breed of sports car. They needed a vehicle that was reliable, had great brakes and, most importantly, could keep up. More than just that, they wanted a car with an open top. In such a flat country it was important for the officers to be able to stand up in the car.

With all these considerations Porsche was the only real option.

The program continued until 1996 with an amazing 507 cars across a wide range of Porsche models, but the most Iconic is the 911. Police versions, when they are available, go for hundreds of thousands of dollars to the rabid collector community.

Austria also uses these Bavarian supercars as police vehicles. Porsche actually manufactured its cars in Austria up until 1950. The country does not pay for the cars and is instead lent them by the manufacturer. Konrad Kogler, General Director for Public Security in Austria, sees the Porsche police cars as an example of good road behavior, “with the new Porsche 911, we want to demonstrate that you can drive responsibly and carefully even in a powerful sports car.”

Ultra fast and luxurious squad cars aren’t just a European phenomenon. Down under the Australian police got a BMW M5 Competition in 2019. As you would expect in Japan, the Tochigi Prefectural Police have a Nissan GT-R and the Super Fast Lexus LC500. Stateside various police departments have dabbled with Fox Body Mustangs and IROC Camaros.

The most famous case of police sports cars has to be Dubai. Their force features an Aston Martin One-77 worth $1.4 Million. As you can infer from the name, only 77 of these 7.3 liter monsters will be produced. The green and white Emirati police colors also adorn a host of slightly more quotidian super cars. You might be lucky enough to get pulled over by a Lambo.

So let’s get to the big question: why are they using such expensive cars?

The Dutch were practicality focused; they wanted something faster on the highway just to keep up. Porsche 911s actually are effective and reliable by any definition. It’s an everyday sports car. Just don’t try and push a convict into the back seat.

This logic holds up in the UAE where the Andrew Tate’s of the world regularly flaunt traffic laws. Also, they see themselves as the future of opulence so why not let the police be part of it?

The Austrians seem to have the best vision. Seeing a supercar enforce the law makes following the rules cool. Kids today (not sure if I can say that at 35) are told by the media to disrespect the police, and instead look up to rappers who encourage murderous violence and dipshit TikTokers. Giving police these cars elevates their profile in the community.

It also must raise morale in the station house. Being a police officer is frequently a thankless job, when you do it well no one notices and a riot can start if someone even perceives that you screwed up. I have to believe stepping into a crispy 911 makes getting up in the morning at least somewhat easier for those who protect and serve.

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