1968 Ford Custom – San Francisco Police

Inside every adult male is a little boy hiding. The little boy inside the owner of this car came out when he was browsing the internet and came across an ad for a 1970 Mercury “California Highway Patrol” car. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to buy the car, but it did spark a desire for a retro police car.

The person selling the California Highway Patrol car actually made a living restoring old police cars and then selling them to private individuals and Hollywood movie studios. So, to his luck, there were a few more police cars for sale.

And all of a sudden, he was the owner of a 1968 Ford Custom “real” California police cruiser with all of the right equipment that actually works. The car is a ‘clone’, but it was built exactly as they looked in San Francisco in 1968.

Since this is a city police car, it has a 302 V8 with a 2bbl carburetor and single exhaust. Cars used by the highway patrol would have come with a 390 V8.

If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Bullitt’ with Steve McQueen, the film was shot in San Francisco in 1968. About 25 minutes into the film there’s a San Francisco police car that looks 100% similar to this one in the background.


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I started my career as a police officer in 1989 with the Geneva on The Lake Police Department. I worked part time as a police officer and full time as a Security Sergeant doing armed mobile security patrols for a local security company. In 1990 I became a State Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. During my career as a State Trooper I was certified as a Technical Crash Investigator, OPOTA Police Instructor, OPOTA Police Driving Instructor, LASER Instructor, and received awards for ACE (Auto Larceny) and Post Trooper of The Year. Code 3 Garage is a mix of my inner automotive gearhead, and public safety background. I hope you enjoy it!