I may've recounted this story before , but I feel it's worth its own topic ...
Back in c.1986 , I saw what I thought was an unusual vehicle :a retired 1982 Mustang C.H.P. hatchback .
I remember thinking at that time , Hmm ... this is the first time I've seen a hatchback CHP Mustang... I've only seen the coupe versions ...
Upon checking it out , I saw :
- "Certified" speedometre
- Police-model-specific cloth & vinyl bucket seats
- 15" steel wheels with hubcaps
- Holes in the driver's side A-Pillar for a single Unity spotlight (nothing on the passengers' side)
- Lack of "5.0" emblems
I took some photos of it , knowing that it was an oddball (in some capacity). Unfortunately , all of the photos were destroyed during the 1987 Whittier Earthquake ( 01.OCT.1987 @ 0742 HRS ) .
They were Polaroid photos , so no negatives existed .
In subsequent years , I lost track of the vehicle . It seems that its owner's house was destroyed in the aforementioned earthquake , so he moved away . Obviously , at that time , I was busy with other obligations , so its presence --or lack thereof-- wasn't on my mind .
But , I divulge ...
Has anyone else ever seen one of these hatchback CHP Mustangs ?
It's my understanding that they're quite rare ; that they were experimental , and only a handful --if that-- were made . They didn't *work* because of the extra weight and because the hatchback would leave the officers' equipment exposed (guns and whatnot) .
Also , if anyone's got some pics , please post 'em here