Value My Clas­sic

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Ihave re­cently been rem­i­nisc­ing about grow­ing up in the early Six­ties, re­call­ing the dif­fer­ent cars. My father was a po­lice in­spec­tor at the time with Worces­ter city po­lice and I used to look for­ward to him re­turn­ing home for lunch in one of the pa­trol cars. The first one I re­mem­ber was an A70 Hamp­shire. I can still re­mem­ber the won­der­ful smell of cool­ing oil and would stand by the bon­net breath­ing it all in, mixed with the aroma of the leather. This was fol­lowed by a Ze­phyr MkII. This was worlds apart – bench seat, col­umn change, mod­ern dash­board but sadly, no smells and some­what less char­ac­ter­ful.

The Ze­phyr was fol­lowed by a Wolse­ley 6/110 that com­bined the at­tributes of both and (for me) was the epit­ome of both power and lux­ury. All went down­hill when he came home in a Ford Anglia…

In­ter­est­ingly, all Worces­ter city pa­trol cars had 999 reg­is­tra­tion num­bers fol­lowed by an FK suf­fix. The po­lice had all but 999 KFK, which was owned by a lo­cal in­sur­ance bro­ker who, de­spite many re­quests, re­fused all at­tempts to make him re­lin­quish it. I un­der­stand he kept it un­til his Granada Ghia in the early ‘70s. So many happy mem­o­ries, then, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous times, sit­ting with my father and see­ing how far we could free wheel down Lon­don Road with­out stop­ping un­til crash­ing into the win­dow of a chemists shop in Sid­bury. But that’s an­other story… Tim Dixon, Stoul­ton, Worces­ter

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