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Police Patrol
Debut Series Mainline (Rolamatic)
Produced 1975 - 1985
Number MB20
Scale 1:61
Police Patrol (MP).jpeg


Replaced: Lamborghini Marzal Replaced by: Volvo Container Truck (1986)

Police Patrol was another new for 1975 model produced for a long time with many various colour schemes. It was based on a Range Rover. It was a Rolamatic, too, the working feature being the rotating light inside the dome ('gumball light' in the U.S.A.). The frosted windows where there to hide the lack of an interior, which was taken up by gears used to make the light turn. Pre-production models had the light's flat face plated with chrome, but production models did not have this feature as it made it harder to see the light working. Although some realism was lost in the effort made to make the light spin, it soldiered on for 11 years.

Comparison of two sticker variations - note the different letter sizes.

The first examples where white with an orange stripe label along the side to make it look like a generic U.K. police car. The base and grille went unpainted and the 'interior' was orange or sometimes yellow, a strange choice considering British police vehicles usually had blue lights. It appeared in the Construction Site gift set in 1976 in orange with a 'Site Engineer' sticker on the doors. It also appeared briefly in the Two-Pack range as a military ambulance coloured olive drab with a Red Cross label on either side.

A model was made in 1981 exclusive to France to commemorate the Paris-Dakar Rally. This example was mid-blue with a yellow label saying 'Securite - Rallye Paris - Dakar 81'. It was one of just three models exclusive to France, the others being the Holden Pickup and Ambulance (1977), which were also Paris-Dakar themed.

Further into 1981 Police Patrol had a change of livery. It remained white for the European market but with a black chassis, blue 'interior' and a new side label with red and yellow stripes over a checkerboard pattern. The U.S.A. received a blue and white model with 'County Sheriff' decals. These were later given a tampo-printed bonnet star and a blue roof. As not many County Sheriffs went about their business in costly, imported Range Rovers, the model was dropped in America in 1983 and replaced with the Jeep 4x4.

In Europe, Police Patrol was given another new look in 1983 as another Paris Dakar security vehicle, this time in metallic beige with a red 'interior'. This wasn't exclusive to France, though, and the car remained in this livery until its European demise in 1985. This was not the end though, as it was still made for Japan in black and white Tokyo Police colours with Japanese lettering on the doors and a stylised chrysanthemum on the bonnet.

The Police Patrol is known in some lists as the Range Rover Police Patrol, not surprising as it is based on a Range Rover.

Versions[]

Police Patrol was issued in the following "1/62 scale" versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Colour / Type Window Color Roof Light Colour Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
MB20 1975

1976 1977 1978 1979 1980

White Orange stripe with Black POLICE Unpainted / Metal Clear Frosted Orange Bullseye.jpg England Police Patrol in white, with orange stripe sticker with large lettering. Josiah Carberry Collection.
TP-112 1976 Two Pack Olive Green POLICE Unpainted/ Metal Smoke Orange Bullseye.jpg Black England Police Patrol TP 76.jpg
TP-12 1976 2-Pack Olive Drab Ambulance Unpainted / Metal Clear Frosted Orange Bullseye.jpg Black England Police Patrol Fly Car 20120520 JSCC.jpg
G-13 1976 Gift set: Construction set Orange Site Engineer Unpainted/ Metal Clear Frosted Orange Bullseye.jpg England Police Patrol Site Engineer.jpg
G-13 1976 Gift set: Construction set White Site Engineer Unpainted/ Metal Clear Frosted Orange Bullseye.jpg England Recolor Police Patrol (1976 Gift set).jpg
MB20 1981 1-75 Superfast White POLICE Black/ Metal Smoke Blue Bullseye.jpg England Police Patrol POLICE 1981.jpg
MB20 1981 (USA) 1-75 Superfast White & blue County Sheriff Unpainted/ Metal Clear Frosted Blue Bullseye.jpg England 7720 Police Patrol.JPG
MB20 1982 1-75: Superfast Metallic Brown 020, Blue Roof, SECURITE-RALLYE PARIS-DAKKAR 83 Black/ Metal Smoke Red Bullseye.jpg England ROW Edit Police Patrol (1982 ROW).jpg
MB20 1983 1-75 Blue SECURITE-RALLYE PARIS-DAKAR 81 deco Unpainted/ Metal Smoke Orange Bullseye.jpg England France only Police Patrol (1980 France).jpg
MB20 1984 1-75: Superfast Beige SECURITE-RALLYE PARIS-DAKKAR 83 Black/ Metal Smoke Red Bullseye.jpg England ROW Edit Police Patrol Dakkar 1984.jpg
MB8 1984 Matchbox White Black stripe, Japanese lettering tampo Black/ Metal Clear Frosted Red Bullseye.jpg England Japanese Editing Police Patrol (1984 Japanese MB8).jpg
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