2000 AU1 OPT 20 Western Australian Police Car
1APZ 546 (WA registration) was manufactured in March 2000 and delivered through Ford dealership # 5804 – John Hughes Ford, Victoria Park.
According to Ford Australia, it was manufactured as model # 18933 Falcon Forte with the following options:
Engine Z – 5 litre V8
Trans W – Floor auto M95LE
Paint A1 – Winter White
Trim G1 – Medium Graphite light cloth trim
06 – Sports suspension
20 – Police Pack
25 – P215/60/HR15 performance tyres
39 – Passenger airbag
40 – Air conditioning
42 – High capacity cooling system
45 – Limited slip differential
48 – ABS
57 – Steel wheels Police pursuit rims strengthened 15 X 6
58 – Anti-freeze
The AU model Ford Falcon was the last of the V8 police pursuit cars used by the Western Australia Police Force, before switching to six and four cylinder cars only (albeit, many of them turbo XR6s and WRXs).
Following fit-out at Police workshops, it was placed into service on June 18th 2000 at Mount Magnet Police Station, some 573 kilometres north-east of Perth, until de-commissioned on October 8th, 2001.
The car then went into private ownership, full details as yet unknown and was then purchased by a collector last year from someone who had already started to return the car to its “in-service” police specification.
Inquiries have been made and resulted in contact with one of the police officers who was stationed at Mount Magnet and drove this particular car while it was there and he provided the following information:
“Did a lot of highway patrol kilometres between Wubin - Newman as well as Yalgoo and Mt Magnet. Attended several crashes fatal and serious. Had a few pursuits. Fitted out with 3 radios. UHF, long range HF and Police radio. Also had a satellite phone. Sirenco siren used both muniquip mobile radar and Kustom KR10 mobile radar. Hit the odd kangaroo on the highway too damaging the front spot lights, front bonnet, windscreen and light bar to just name a few!”
He also provided a photo of when the car was in use as a police pursuit car:
The intention is to source all of the correct equipment, including radar, radios, siren, spot lights etc, even down to number plate frames, in order to get the car back to accurate police specification.
As can be seen from the photos below, the previous owner applied police reflective striping to the right side of the car only (the rest is in the boot), however, it has not been applied very well, is in not quite the correct position and is also the wrong blue (too light). Therefore, all of this will be rectified as we go.
The car sits on its correct police pursuit spec steel wheels and is fitted with the correct “Vector” light bar from Federal Signal Corporation in the U.S. Although, as this bar has been sourced from the U.S. it currently has a green central lens cover rather the correct clear one used in W.A. so this will need to be sourced and fitted.
It has front electric windows and manual rear windows and being an “Option 20” (Police Pack) car, has a few other equipment changes from a standard, non-police car.
The original automatic transmission is displaying some faults and needs to be looked at. Also, the car now has a rear boot lid spoiler which needs to be removed, as does the steering wheel cover and also a non-standard exhaust system which will be replaced.
All in all though, it is a very tight car to drive and handles just the way it should, like it is on rails. The car remains licensed and there is a lightbar cover in the boot which can be fitted to enable it to be legally driven on public roads.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this unique car.