Agreed. The more, the merrier! Many of us take the position that the Eisbrenner bodies are a very important part of fire apparatus modeling history. I, for one, want to know all there is to know about them. And, BTW - Bill is spot-on. My first Eisbrenner body is one of the first handful he produced. It is fiberglass layup with gelcoat exterior. As I recall the original account by Mr. Eisbrenner himself, those fiberglass bodies were formed in a female plaster mold that was taken from his original hand carved wood buck. The resins came much later and they were cast by Resin Unlimited with Mr. Eisbrenner's collaboration, and they were marketed under the name Uptown Body Works by Uptown Automotive of Utica, NY.
Harry, Words fail me. Everything that has come to mind so far has already been said (written) by others. I can only add my voice to the chorus. Know that we care for you, my friend, and we're thinking of you, pulling for you, and praying for your quick, full recovery - with a smooth ride along the way. This is shocking news, as I know it was for you. But you got it right ~~ we are your second family. Count on it. We're here with you and for you. Godspeed.
Same thing happened to us! Scale Auto wouldn't publish ANYTHING from us, while Model Cars Magazine always featured our event in the MCM Contest Annual. So, we gave up on SA (no E). One other thing: MCM has always given us gift subscriptions for Best of Show winners and raffle prizes, they've always provided us (and all the other shows) ample, free pre-event promotion, while SAE always insisted on charging big bucks for the slightest want-ad type mention. So, we gave up on SA (no E) along time ago . . . with no noticeable loss.
It does appear to be a phantom, most likely someone's "interpretation" of what a '57 police car coulda looked like, at least in their mind.
However, that said about this particular car, it should also be said that one cannot dismiss oddities. Many small town departments bought their police cruisers from the local dealership and were often limited to off-the-lot purchases due to time ("we need it right away!") or even financial considerations ("I can give you a better deal on this one, Chief, than I can on a special-order"). It wasn't too uncommon to see unusual trim or accessory packages on the "squad car," even including up-graded models. Hey, if they had an unsold Impala at model year's end and the town needed a new prowl car, a killer deal might be had on a 4-door hardtop police car and Barney might have 6 taillights instead of 4! Local politics being what it has always been, there's powerful pressure on smaller governmental entities to patronize the local businesses. For example, the small town where I grew up alternated between the two dealers: one patrol car was a Chevy and the next purchase went to the Ford dealer, then back to Chevy again. There was no brand-loyalty, just politics, and since there was no Dodge-Chrysler-Plymouth dealer in town, we never saw a Mopar cop car. Realities of a one car fleet! Even the county sheriff's department "spread it around," driving a couple of everything. Only the state highway patrol bought on spec and operated a one-brand fleet.
Later, in the late 60's - early 70's, the concept of letting municipalities and counties "piggy-back" on the state's fleet bid was born. Then, small towns could add their one patrol car purchase to the mass state buy and they could end up with a real, honest-to-gosh police package police car. It became the gold standard, and off-the-lot police cars/oddities became relics of the past.