An Illinois sheriff knows a barn find when he sees one.
According to the Northwest Herald, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Stadler spotted an old parade Chevrolet Caprice with 4,000 miles gathering dust in a shed and decided to bring it back into service.
The 20-year-old, LT1-powered police cruiser — which sports none of the modern police cruiser amenities including USB ports, massive touchscreen or even traction control — was pressed into service when Stadler’s Impala was retired.
“I could see the diamond in the rough,” Stadler told the newspaper. “Your non-car person would look at this thing and think, ‘Why would I want this 20-year-old thing covered in dirt?’ Where I was, ‘I really want to clean this thing up.’”
Stadler said the car needed about a month of work to bring it up to service-duty snuff, including installing radios and a laptop, but said that the one-of-a-kind Corvette-powered Caprice will run until the bitter end. He’s put about 30,000 miles on it over the last year he’s used it, which include full, 40-hour work weeks.
“Those cars were on the road for 10 years,” Stadler told the Northwest Herald. “I don’t know if this one will be around for 10 years on the road, but I’m sure going to enjoy it as long as I have it.”
According to Stadler, the car has been named “Christine” after the possessed Plymouth Fury of the same name.
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