2008 Dodge Charger Police Pursuit 5.7 HEMI For Sale
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We’re broke, not broken.
We have been providing a free of charge American cop car passenger experience in an authentic U.S Police Interceptor since 2016 as well as but not limited to providing a motorcade of American Police interceptors to those with a terminal illness wishing to marry their sweethearts.
Support Vehicle not only have a proven history of donating its Police Interceptor but its volunteer drivers work tirelessly without wage. However, increasing insurance premiums and fuel costs as the saying goes, are the straw that; ’broke the camel’s back’, but don't under estimate our fighting spirit as we maybe broke but we are not broken. We are therefore;
Putting up our Dodge Charger V8 for sale in an attempt to purchase a V6 Police Interceptor which should help with lower insurance and fuel costs. Downgrading to a V6 is not the end of the world, however, we do hope that whoever buys our V8 will carry on where we have left off since our Dodge V8 has truly given the kids the courage to attend surgery and treatments such as radio - chemo with an aura of confidence.
It looks like it would be at home on the streets of any U.S City, but this Police Interceptors home is in the UK supporting children, teens and adults with serious and terminal illnesses.
We’re presented with images of America on a daily basis, not least through the magic of the silver screen. It’s here we see our heroes and villains battle it out for our entertainment, and more often than not, there will be a car chase or two involved. And it’s during those chases that we’re fed scenes of V8s, powerslides and exciting vehicular antics. But what’s this got to do with the car we have here, namely a Dodge Charger?
Well, the fact of the matter is that by seeing these cars on screen, we find ourselves wanting them. They become stars in their own right, and there is a power that comes from that. These cars are instantly cooler and more exciting than ‘normal’ cars. They’re Police cars.
In the ‘80s and 90's, it was the Chevy Caprice and Ford Crown Vic that stole the screen time. In recent years, however, the Dodge Charger has been the star. An aggressive, angry-looking machine that, with blue and reds flashing, would make any criminal rethink their actions. It’s a car we can all be excited by, that coke-bottle styling, the mean black steel wheels and of course, that Hemi V8.
It’s that ability to excite that brought this car to the UK as supportvehicle.co.uk saw a wonderful way in which the Dodge Charger’s undeniable presence could be a force for good. The American Police modus operandi is ‘to serve and protect’, and whilst this Police Charger might no longer be patrolling the streets of the U.S, it is still serving in the most miraculous way by supporting seriously and terminally ill children, teens and adults.
Support Vehicle acquired the Charger from specialist import agents rentapolicecar.co.uk in 2016, it came direct from the American Police, this car is the real deal. It’s no pastiche, open the rear doors and you won’t find plus seating, you’ll find a prisoner cage, barred windows and preformed hard plastic seats. Out front, you’ll find a substantial nudge bar, It's cool and exciting.
Fitted with the ‘Charger Pursuit’ livery, lights - siren fitted but (needs new siren controller), now though, it’s time to move the car on since Support Vehicle need to financially restructure.
There is a V5 present, and Gov electronic MOT certificate confirming this car has test until February 2021. There are some invoices for past work, but that’s largely all there is. Being a charity vehicle, a great many companies who have worked on this car have done so gratis. As such, there is little in the way of invoices for work as there was no charge levied for said work.
Let's start at the back and work our way forward. The boot, as you might imagine, is vast. There’s a decent spare wheel in there, as well as a new high capacity battery (important for all the lights). It’s dry, there is minimal wear and it’s ready to go.
Open the rear doors and you’re in for an authentic treat. As we have said, this is a real deal Police car, and before it was shipped to the UK the only things it lost were the lights (legal reasons) and the decals from the supplying police force. Everything else remained, meaning that the back seating area is still a prisoner cage. There are bars on the windows, deadlocks, a heavy duty partition between driver and ne’er-do-well and of course, there is that formed plastic seat. Because criminals do not deserve comfort! It’s all clean, tidy and functional with no signs of excessive damage. There is the odd scuff, but nothing major. This is, remember, an actual police car.
Up front it’s all standard Dodge Charger. Black cloth seats, rubber matting, dials for fuel, speed, revs etc. There is a power cut-off on the centre console along with toggle switches for the lights. Having not yet covered 80,000 miles, the interior is in good order with no damage or sagging. Even the headlining is in good condition.
This is where the car really shines. Both literally and figuratively! It might have been a serving police vehicle, but don’t think that means it’s battered. Far from it in fact. The Charger presents exceptionally well. The paintwork is in excellent order, both the original black and the more recent white parts. All the panels seem to line up true and offer uniform gaps. The wheels - black steel all around - are in good order, and all wear decent rubber. The all-important and hard to find ‘dog dish’ hubcaps are all present and correct.
Of course, there is no escaping that this is a twelve year-old ‘working’ car. As such, there is a small amount of corrosion on the offside rear arch at the top, and both lower rear arches have some slight corrosion that the winning bidder may want to address before it sets in. underneath the car, it’s all solid, there is no damage, this is reflected in the MOT history of the vehicle.
A car that has earned its stripes, this Dodge Charger is in excellent condition. It looks the part, especially with the ‘Charger Pursuit’ graphics, and with the added bonus of the (show use only) flashing lights and light bars, it’s a car that will thrill both big and small kids!
Being an ex-police car, the Charger lived a life out in the States wanting for nothing. It was after all a high pursuit vehicle, so performance and reliability were key. As such, it’s in rude health today. It starts on the button, gets up to temperature with no issue and thanks to being a V8 breathing through twin pipes, it sounds utterly glorious. It doesn’t lose any oil or other fluids, and it has recently been serviced.
The Charger has had a couple of issues in the past. Once was a minor gearbox failure. However, bidders need not fret, as the transmission has been completely rebuilt and serviced, and as such, functions flawlessly. While it’s no DSG, the transmission shifts keenly and pulls well. Being a police package, the shifter is on the column rather than the centre console.
The engine, a 340bhp 5.7-litre Hemi V8 (so called because of the hemispherical cylinder heads) has recently been overhauled by the technicians at the local American military base, thus it’s been worked on by hands all too familiar with this make and model. Factory specs for Police spec mean a 0-60 time of six seconds, which is impressive for this large car. Please note, the mileage may increase as the vehicle is still in use.
Other considerations are the brakes, which are heavy duty. The cooling system is a ‘severe-duty’ system, the electronic stability program (ESP) is police performance specification and the steering has been performance tuned from the factory. American police cars aren’t just lights and badges - they’re serious pieces of engineering. Oh, and speaking of the lights, the wiring harness has been factory modified to accept all the additional lights, including the driver-side mounted spotlight that can be controlled via a lever inside the car.
The reasons for wanting this car are many. You may be interested in carrying on with what the car does now, by which we mean charity work and events. If you do, the current owner is more than happy to guide you in this direction.
Perhaps you’re looking at the potential financial rewards that could come from owning such a car. There is certainly scope here for this Charger to be used in film and TV productions. This one has, as it can be seen at the start of the film The Commuter starring Liam Neeson. There aren’t too many Police spec Chargers in the UK, so you could easily make this a viable option.
Then of course, there is the possibility that you just want a cool, loud, beast of a car. You could paint it all black, lose the lights, throw in some proper rear seats and in the process, have yourself a modern American muscle car. It might not be ‘68, but as modern American muscle goes, it’s pretty darn close. And it’s a four-door - you could even use it for the school run, which would once again put a smile on children’s faces.
Viewings are encouraged, but entirely at the buyers discretion.
Sensible offers invited.
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