Historic Police Car Spotted Responding to Call on the Not-So-Mean Streets of Seattle

Thomas Kreutzer
by Thomas Kreutzer
historic police car spotted responding to call on the not so mean streets of seattle

An alert REDDIT reader (manuelv 19) spotted the Seattle Police Museum’s 1970 Plymouth Satellite patrol car responding to calls on the coffee scented streets of dowtown Seattle earlier this week. According to the Seattle Police Museum website, only 53 Special Order Police Satellites were produced in 1970 and 21 of those were purchased by the Seattle Police Department. The cars were mid-size police vehicles and featured the 383 Super Commando engine package complete with 4 bbl carburetors. They were reputed top be quite fast at the time.

This particular vehicle, known as Unit was wrecked with only 9000 miles on the clock and sold at public auction eventually ending up in Los Angeles. The Seattle Police Museum located and purchased the vehicle in 2006 and spent a year returning the car to its former glory. More information on this vehicle is available at the Seattle Police Museum website of by calling (206) 748-9991.



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  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Apr 04, 2013

    I actually have a photo I took of that car last year, the cops were getting coffee and donuts... It's used for light duty and a bit of PR but I thought that was supper cool.

  • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Apr 04, 2013

    This reminds me how some people continue to fly old airplanes way past their storage date. Last year in Australia a 1923 or 1926 Dragonfly went down with a loss of all 6 onboard. It was in a perfect mechanical order, just not suitable for the weather conditions. And it was in revenue service, too, not just excursion. Hopefuly no red light runner t-bones the historic police car.

  • Threeer Threeer on Apr 05, 2013

    Holy friggin cow...who in the hell cares if a modern car can "wipe the floor" of this? Heck, a new Camry can outrun a Ferrari 308. Which car would I rather drive? The Ferrari. It's great to see old cars out and about. Sure, they could drive a "Maytag" sedan as a cruiser, but to tool around in this would be simply awesome and way more interesting. Leave the comparos out of this...we all know technology moves forward and today's "it" is better than yesterday's. That said, I can still greatly appreciate old metal (now...if I can just find my old C-64 and play a rousing round of Omega Race! Who needs a PS3...LOL).

  • Conslaw Conslaw on Apr 05, 2013

    This picture really looks like a (very good) miniature superimposed over a real street scene. Check out the texture of the pavement it is on. The grooves aren't proportional to the size of the car.

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    • Slackmaster Slackmaster on Apr 08, 2013

      @kmoney Since nobody appears to be behind the wheel, I hope it's not moving!