CHP Police Car Site

Cars used by California Highway Patrol 1929 to present

Up to 1958, the California Highway Patrol would purchase vehicles 2 times a year, and many times it would be a different make. Starting in 1958 the CHP would buy one make of car each year for enforcement class.
1979 brought the CHP multiple vehicle test. That year the CHP put a limited number of Ford Fairmonts, Chevy Malibus, Plymouth Volare Wagons, and Chevy Camaro Z28's on the road for an 18 month test. The test led to the purchase of Ford Mustangs in 1982, for use as traffic enforcement cars. The first few 1982 CHP Mustangs (approx 5) were fastback models (hatchbacks). The rest of the models that year as well as for the next 10 years were all notchback models. The Mustang was used every year from 1982 to 1993. The CHP tried some marked Camaros in 1992, and used a few 1993 and 1994 (and 2001 and 2002) Camaros for truck enforcement. By 1994 however the performance of the full sized enforcement class vehicle (Chevy Caprice and Ford Crown Victoria) was near to that of the pony cars, so the CHP now longer needed to buy Camaros and Mustangs.The 1994 Caprice with its LT1 engine was faster than a 93 Mustang, with faster quater mile times and higher top speed.
Listed below are cars used for enforcement class vehicles.
The CHP uses other types of vehicles for special units, such as truck enforcement, or for use in areas where cars can go, like off road or mountain areas. Pickup trucks are used for truck enforcment. For mountain and bad weather areas of the state, the CHP has  used vehicles such as Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, Ford Bronco, Dodge Ramcharger, Chevrolet Blazer, and even an AMC Eagle during the 1980's.
Year Vehicles used by CHP
2004 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
2003 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
2002 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
Chevrolet Camaro coupe
2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
2000 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
1998 Ford Crown Victoria
1997 Ford Crown Victoria
1996 Ford Crown Victoria
1995  Chevrolet Caprice
1994 Chevrolet Caprice
1993 Ford Crown Victoria 
Ford Mustang coupe
1992 Ford Crown Victoria 
Ford Mustang coupe 
Chevrolet Camaro coupe
1991 Ford Crown Victoria 
Ford Mustang coupe
1990 Ford Crown Victoria 
Ford Mustang coupe
1989 Chevrolet Caprice 
Ford Mustang coupe
1988 Dodge Diplomat sedan 
Ford Mustang coupe
1987 Chevrolet Caprice 
Ford Mustang coupe
1986 Dodge Diplomat sedan 
Ford Mustang coupe
1985 Dodge Diplomat sedan 
Ford Mustang coupe
1984 Ford Crown Victoria 
Chevrolet Celebrity (limited use)
Ford Mustang coupe
1983 Dodge Diplomat sedan 
Ford Mustang coupe
1982 Chevrolet Impala 
Ford Mustang coupe
1981 Dodge Diplomat sedan
1980 Dodge St. Regis sedan
1979 Dodge St. Regis sedan
1978 Dodge Monaco sedan
1977 Dodge Monaco sedan
1976 Dodge Coronet sedan
1975 Dodge Monaco sedan
1974 Dodge Monaco sedan
1973 Dodge Polara sedan
1972 Dodge Polara sedan
1971 Dodge Polara sedan
1970 Mercury Monterey sedan
1969 Dodge Polara sedan
1968 Dodge Polara sedan
1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 sedan
1966 Dodge Polara sedan
1965 Dodge Polara sedan
1964 Dodge 880 sedan
1963 Dodge 880 sedan
1962 Chrysler Enforcer sedan
1961 Dodge Polara sedan
1960 Dodge Polara sedan
1959 Dodge Coronet coupe
1958 Dodge Coronet coupe 
Mercury Turnpike Cruiser
1957 Pontiac Chieftain coupe 
Dodge Coronet coupe
Mercury Turnpike Cruiser
1956 Pontiac Chieftain coupe 
Oldsmobile coupe 
Dodge Coronet coupe
1955 Buick Century
1954 (unknown)
1953 (unknown)
1952 Ford sedan
1951 (unknown)
1950 (unknown)
1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88
1948  DeSoto coupe
1947 Ford sedan 
Mercury Sedan 
Plymouth Sedan
1946 Buick sedan
1945 (unknown)
1944 (unknown)
1943 (unknown)
1942 Chrysler sedan
1941 Oldsmobile coupe
1940 (unknown)
1939 (unknown)
1938 Chrysler Imperial
1937 Desoto coupe 
Buick coupe
1936 Buick coupe 
Mercury sedan
1935 (unknown)
1934 Chrysler Airflow
1933 Graham coupe
1932 Ford coupe
1931 Dodge coupe
1930  Ford Model A coupe
1929 Hudson coupe

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