Throwback Units: Ten Other Vintage Cop Car Designs HPD Should Consider

Everybody wants to go retro. From throwback uniforms in professional sports to '80s hipster hairdos, everybody is kicking it old school. Cars are not all that different. Dodge reinvented the Charger, the Volkswagen Beetle got reissued a few years back and we assume a reset of the El Camino is on the way.

Even the Houston Police Department is getting in on the action, going a little retro with their new black and white (cliché much?) patrol cars and uniforms that are going to replace the light (or is it Columbia?) blue bad boys we've seen around these parts for years. Maybe they finally got over the Oilers leaving for Tennessee. Maybe they are hinting to the Rockets that the old ketchup and mustard jerseys need to come back permanently. Whatever the case, I got to thinking there must be some other options for throwback patrol cars. Here are ten.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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