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Adam-12 Patrol VehiclesAdam-12 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 vehicle thusly:

"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.

TRIVIA NOTE:  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 engine

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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