Patrol Cars -The police drama
ADAM-12/NBC/1968-75 followed the day-to-day
exploits of veteran police officer Pete Malloy
(Martin Milner) and his rookie partner, Jim
Reed (Kent McCord) as they patrolled the
streets of Los Angeles in their black & white
patrol car. Officer Pete Malloy described his
"This black and white patrol car has an
overhead valve V8 engine. It develops 325
horsepower at 4800 RPM's. It accelerates from
0 to 60 in seven seconds; it has a top speed
of 120 miles an hour. It's equipped with a
multi channeled DFE radio and an electronic
siren capable of admitting three variables,
wale, yelp, and alert. It also serves as an
outside radio speaker and public address
system. The automobile has two shotgun racks,
one attached to the bottom portion of the
front seat, one in the vehicle trunk. Attached
to the middle of the dash, illuminated by a
single bulb is a hot sheet desk. Fastened to
which you will always make sure is the latest
one off the teletype before you ever roll."
Malloy and Reed reported to supervisor
Sergeant "Mac" MacDonald (William Boyett). He
used radio codes L-90 & L-20. Reed & Malloy
communicated with codes L-20; KMA-367; KMA 361
and a patrol car radio identification code
1-ADAM-12. When it came time for a food & rest
break, officers called in a Code-7.
The revival series THE NEW ADAM 12/SYN/1990-91
featured Peter Parros as Officer Gus Grant;
Ethan Wayne as his partner, Officer Matt Doyle
and Miguel Fernandes as their supervisor
Sergeant Harry Santos.
There were three styles of patrol cars used in
the series including a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere
seen on the first episode (ID# 80789); a 1968
Plymouth Belvedere (ID# 80817); a 1969
Plymouth Belvedere (ID# 80817); a 1971
Plymouth Satellite (ID# 83012); and a 1972 AMC
Matador (ID# 85012).
The 1968 Plymouth Belvedere "Pursuit Special"
was equipped with a .383 cid 4 barrel V8
The 1969 Plymouth Belvedere replaced the 1968
vehicle after the first year. The 1971
Plymouth Satellite "Pursuit Special" came with
a 370 horsepower .383 cid V8 engine.
The 1972 AMC Matador (introduced in the fall
of 1971) was equipped with a .401 cid V8
engine. License plates seen included # 999001
& # 999002.
The roof of each cruiser sported red/amber
flasher lights. The sides of the car bore the
circular logo of the City of Los Angeles along
with the phrase "To Serve and Protect."
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