Thursday 23 November 2017

Malcolm has Stateside police muscle

Malcolm Gibbs with his decommissioned 1999 Ford Crown Victoria US police car
Malcolm Gibbs with his decommissioned 1999 Ford Crown Victoria US police car

For most people the journey to work is fairly boring, but car fanatic Malcolm Gibbs turns heads wherever he goes.

The 63-year-old raises a smile, and even a wave from police, as he travels around in an original decommissioned US police car.

Mr Gibbs bought the 1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6 litre Interceptor about 10 weeks ago and since then said he has been attracting plenty of attention in his home town of Loughborough.

"It used to be an Interceptor, for chasing crooks down the highways, for high speed chases," he said.

"I bought it from a company in Surrey that imported it back in 2005 for doing some advertising. I found out it was going to go on for sale. I went down, fell in love with it, and bought it."

The car, which Mr Gibbs bought for £8,500, is complete with working sirens, lights, a CB radio and two spotlights.

"It's the genuine police package, it's got that many switches on board I don't know what half of them do," he said.

"I come to work in it every day. It just makes people smile, the police seem to wave at me every time, so I don't think they mind, and some American guy stopped me the other day to ask if I was lost."

Mr Gibbs, who runs his own fastenings and fixings business, said one person wasn't too sure about the new buy.

"My wife June will only sit in the back, not in the front. She says she's embarrassed," he added.

Press Association

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