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  • Oklahoma HIghway Patrol Studebakers

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has there own FaceBook page and they now have posted three different shots of what appears to be a 1948 Business Coupe patrol car.

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    John
    63R-2386
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  • #2
    Nice photos!.....really not too surprised though. Massachusetts State Police had at least two Stick O/D '57 Golden Hawks on the Pike for pursuits.

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    • #3
      Neat photos! One might question the advisability of using a 5 passenger coupe (later referred to as a Starlight coupe) for a police car.
      Richard Quinn
      Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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      • #4
        Very interesting photos, but I agree that the use of a Starlight coupe as a police car is a bit unusual.
        Joe Roberts
        '61 R1 Champ
        '65 Cruiser
        Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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        • #5
          Neat photos for sure. Note that the Buick motorist is described as being "distressed!" Indeed.

          'Doesn't seem all that long ago that many 2-doors were used as police cars. The Indiana State Police primarily used 2-doors until the late 1960s. BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

          Ayn Rand:
          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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          • #6
            I wonder if that car still survives....

            Craig

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
              I wonder if that car still survives....

              Craig
              I doubt that it does, Craig. If it did, I think I would be aware of it.

              The OHP museum does, however, have one of its original Ford patrol cars. (Also a 2 door.):



              Which is not entirely unlike one of Stillwater Police Department's first Ford Patrol cars:



              Two door cars are not uncommon in the history of the highway patrol. In fact, Mustangs and Camaros have been used by OHP in relative recent history.

              Troopers (generally) need a quick car, and a passenger seat in order to conduct their business.

              "Catch, Cite, and Release," is quite a different business plan, as related to urban patrol.

              Exceptions abound, and I'm not trying to diminish what our troopers do, or the dangers they face. We have a tendency to equip and train ourselves for the most common of our duties. This is why we must always be prepared to back each other up.
              Two door cars are not uncommon in the history of

              the highway patrol. In fact, Mustangs and Camaros have been used by OHP in relative recent history.

              Troopers (generally) need a quick car, and a passenger seat in order to conduct their business.

              "Catch, Cite, and Release," is quite a different business plan, as related to urban patrol.

              Exceptions abound, and I'm not trying to diminish what our troopers do, or the dangers they face. We have a tendency to equip and train ourselves for the most common of our duties. This is why we must always be prepared to back each other up.
              Last edited by Studedude; 01-16-2019, 07:04 PM.
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              • #8
                Thanks for the input Officer Dave, tell us more about the museum car ... year, make and model (I'm ignorant on pre-war Studebakers and all other makes).
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                John
                63R-2386
                Resto-Mod by Michael Myer

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                • #9
                  Wisconsin State Patrol had 2 door Savoy bodies and 426 wedge engines for a while.
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                  Claude Chmielewski
                  Studeski
                  http://www.studeski.com
                  Fillmore, Wisconsin
                  47 M-16 Truck
                  53 2R5
                  60 Lark VIII Convertible
                  60 5E7 Champ pickup
                  62 GT Hawk 4 speed
                  63 Lark
                  63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                  64 Commander Wagonaire
                  64 Daytona Convertible
                  50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                  36 Dictator
                  36 Dictator in pieces

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                  • #10
                    Back in 1957 I saw a 57 Ford Convertible being used as a Highway Patrol car......Its the only one I ever saw.....Might have been a Supervisors ride, not sure, but he had his uniform on.....Keep on Studebakering

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                    • #11
                      Both of the '57 Goldens I mentioned in post #2 still exist here in Mass. Later in it's life, one was converted from stick to automatic to satisfy it's then owner!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Starlight View Post
                        Back in 1957 I saw a 57 Ford Convertible being used as a Highway Patrol car......Its the only one I ever saw.....Might have been a Supervisors ride, not sure, but he had his uniform on.....Keep on Studebakering
                        Back a few years when Maryland was going crazy on speeding tickets they used all kinds of vehicles as radar vehicles, even farm trucks and old clunkers (but the pursuit was till pretty much standard)
                        Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                        '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                        • #13
                          I had an uncle who used to buy all the vehicles for the state of Kansas. He told me one time that the Kansas Highway Patrol tested supercharged Larks as possible pursuit cars. They clocked one at 132 mph on the Kansas Turnpike. They passed on the Larks, though, as being too light weight for the high speeds.
                          Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                          '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by studeski View Post
                            Wisconsin State Patrol had 2 door Savoy bodies and 426 wedge engines for a while.
                            I have the 64 Marshall that was spec'ed out as a Wisconsin State police car. It was was one of the 20 or so sample police cars built in Sept 1963, this one is a R1, 3 speed, no overdrive

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mike cenit View Post
                              I have the 64 Marshall that was spec'ed out as a Wisconsin State police car. It was was one of the 20 or so sample police cars built in Sept 1963, this one is a R1, 3 speed, no overdrive
                              Is the one pictured in this thread yours, by chance? http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...hlight=marshal

                              Craig

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