YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:00 am, April 16, 2013
Now this is unusual. Yesterday I questioned the popularity of two-door police cars. Later in the day came a request to showcase some of the cars from the 1950s’ television series Highway Patrol (which I have done in the past). So looking into it, lo and behold, my memory has failed me — most of the police cars on the show were two-door cars. Yikes! Including this somewhat blurry 1958 Buick Century two-door sedan, which is a highly unusual car. According to the Encyclopedia of American Cars 1940-1970, there were only two of these produced, and they are listed as experimental. The only two-door sedan listed in the ’58 Buick catalog is in the low-priced Special line. The mid-range Century was built on the same shorter wheelbase as the Special, but had the larger V-8 of the longer (and pricier) Roadmaster and Limited series. Just right for a police cruiser. Were these two cars made just for the show? In previous years, Buick cruisers were featured on the series (along with Dodges, Oldsmobiles, and Mercurys — also two-doors), so it’s a distinct possibility. Here’s the IMCDb.org web page with a slew of old cars from the show. Ten-four.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know