Quite a few police cars have been featured on Jay Leno’s Garage. Jay previously drove a 1961 Dodge Polara that served with the California Highway Patrol. This time, he’s looking at a another ’60s Dodge patrol car.
“This is the car that was around when I was a kid, that always struck fear when you saw it in the rearview mirror,” Jay says of this 1966 Dodge Coronet police car.
“It got the job done,” responds Fred Iversen, the car’s owner and a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff. Iversen drove these cars when they were new.
It’s easy to get nostalgic about cars like the Coronet today, but in the 1960s they were simply tools to be used and abused. Like modern police cars, the Coronets were kept in service for a relatively short period of time (about two years), but they racked up a lot of miles.