It's like throwback uniform days at the ballpark, only this happens every day and it's at the police station. A story and video by the Associated Press takes a look at Seattle police officer Jim Ritter and his 1970 Plymouth Satellite police cruiser (the Satellite was renamed Fury in 1975) – and yes, that's him above with the car, Ritter in his period-correct police uniform. As you might guess, this is one of those community relations efforts, but it's no show pony – the Satellite is Ritter's daily driver and he'll ride in convey with Crown Victorias to answer any kind of police call.

Ritter started the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum 15 years ago, and there are 14 cars in its collection of automobiles. This one was offered by a retired Seattle city worker living in Nebraska, and after it was determined that it was indeed part of the King County Police Department in 1970, the museum restored it with the help of local businesses. It hasn't been made modern, though – it's got no air conditioning, no computer, and 43-year-old ride quality.

Nonetheless, as a woman remarks in the video below, it's "filthy," which means "awesome." You can read even more about it over on KOMO News.



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      19secondsslow
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      Cop's gonna need to grow some sideburns or a droopy 'stache.
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        cdwrx
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        All the trees are red and yet they call it The Evergreen State. Go figure.
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          @cdwrx
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        Mike Cornell
        • 1 Year Ago
        on the same wavelength, yonomo200? (Who new that in reality, Seattle was actually Planet Claire?!)
      kesando
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love old Mopars!
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      Yaro Park
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      Oh Cool! it's my neighbors car. Didn't know it will show up on autoblog.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome! Being a child of the 70's/80's, this set my nostalgia sense tingling. I half expected that video to begin with a deep voice booming, "A Quinn Martin Production!"
      j2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish more cities did this.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fairfax County PD has a few vintage police cruisers that they mothballed and bring out occasionally. I always get a kick out of seeing them on the streets.
      anon
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      You don't really need a/c in Seattle anyway, most homes don't have it there. Ah leaf springs and torsion bars same suspension that Chrysler had since WWII and no change till Omnirizon and K cars, did it get disc or drum brakes?
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      Bobby_Sards
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      lol great way to waste money
      Walt
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      Nice job. But Autoblog, you forgot to mention the period correct revolver on the officer's hip! If I had to guess, it is likely a Smith & Wesson Model 28 "Highway Patrolman" in 357 mag caliber, which was a popular department issue handgun for the period.
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