Originally Posted by LabelKing
I think the old German highway patrol used Porsche 356 cars.
Originally Posted by Aaron
Here is one of the original Porsche 911 Targa Police cars. This magazine sourced black and white photo below was taken in 1968 outside of Amsterdam when the car was new. It is the same car pictured in the color diptychs below taken thirty years later in 1998. Read on!
During the 1960s and 1970s when Bill Yates operated his tiny Porsche dealership in San Juan Capristrano (California), this Porsche 911 Polizei Targa was a part of his small personal collection along with a lovely 550 RSK. This Targa is one of several made for the Dutch Police. However, this particular Targa was never delivered to the police and was used only for auto shows and display at public events.
Originally, this car was imported by Porsche Cars of North America in 1968 for use at various U.S. auto shows. The car appeared in Road&Track magazine in 1968. After the magazine drove it, Porsche stored it in Southern California for a year or so until Mr. Yates purchased it for his private collection. In addition to being displayed in his Lilliputian four-car seaside showroom, the Targa was regularly taken to the Monterey Historic Races, PCA events, and other enthusiast gatherings. It was always a crowd favorite. When the dealership was sold, Mr. Yates kept only the Targa and the 550 RSK. Mr. Yates died about ten years ago. His cars were sold and his famous “Polizei” 911 Targa went to a private owner on Long Island.
This Targa is unique in many respects. There are still less than 10,000 original miles on the odometer. It is painted in the white and orange Dutch Police colors, yet it has the German “Polizei” markings. You can also see in Christofuh
’s image posts of a contemporary Porsche German Police car (above), the same "Polizei" markings with the correct German beige and green police colors.