Weekly Treasure: 2013 Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit

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It's got tons of cop-only features.

General Motors tried to save Pontiac with the G8 V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive sedan back in 2008. It was sadly too little, too late. Pontiac soon died off but the G8 was revived for the 2014 model year (retired again in 2017) as the Chevrolet SS. Both models were really little more than rebadged versions of the Australian-built Holden Commodore. Aside from muscle car enthusiasts, these RWD sedans were also very appealing to police departments.

In some cities, America's finest purchased them for their fleets instead of the typical Ford Interceptor. But instead of calling it the SS, these police-modified sedans were dubbed Caprice. Today, a vast majority of them have been retired or soon will be. Don't view this as an automatic tragedy but rather an opportunity for civilians.

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Oftentimes, police departments sell their decommissioned squad cars to private buyers. Private owners won't have things like gun racks and advanced electronic communications equipment, but their retired police cars are still very different from their civilian counterparts.

Take this 2013 Chevy Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, for instance. It's currently up for auction on Cars and Bids with a total of 92,300 bad guy-chasing miles on its clock. The white exterior and 18-inch steel wheels wrapped in Goodyear rubber are just two pieces of evidence indicating this car's past. There are holes in the roof where the light bar was once mounted, but they've since been filled and painted white. Aftermarket fog lights, upgraded brake pads and rotors, and a Holden grille are also to be found. The biggest differences, however, are inside.

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An aftermarket metal center console, metal cupholders, and vinyl-covered floors (for easy cleaning) definitely were not available on the G8 or SS. Drivers will still enjoy a navigation system, automatic cruise control, and, of course, a V8 engine.

In this case, power comes from a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic slushbox routes power to the rear wheels only. Police cars typically take quite a beating, and this one is no exception. The seller notes the tire pressure monitoring system fault light won't shut off, there are numerous scratches, dents, and paint chips throughout the body, and a missing trunk battery cover.

The price? As of this writing, the highest bid has reached only $3,000 but the auction won't end until the evening of October 6.

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