85 years of Dallas Police squad cars

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The Dallas Police Department knows how to get cop-car nerds clicking all over their Facebook page. They've compiled pics of 85 years of the city's police cruisers, starting with the 1928 Model A shown above, which undoubtedly chased down some oil playboys in its day.

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While Ford made a strong showing for the first four decades, Chrysler stormed in during the mid-1970s, and hung in — notwithstanding some dalliances with GM products, and an ill-fated, The Rookies-era use of the AMC Matador — until the Ford Crown Vic retook the cruiser position in the late 1990s. These days, though, it's apparently all about the Dodge Charger. Note also the CHiPs-grade Kawasaki patrol bike.

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1947 Ford Tudor

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1956 Ford Fairlane

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1962 Ford Galaxie

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1963 Ford Galaxie

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1970 Ford Galaxie

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1970 Plymouth Fury

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1974 AMC Matador

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1974 Plymouth Satellite

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1976 Chevrolet Malibu

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1976 Pontiac LeMans

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1977 AMC Jeep

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1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

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1978 Plymouth Fury

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1979 Chrysler Newport

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1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

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1981 Chrysler LeBaron

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1981 Ford Fairmont (detectives' car)

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1983 Plymouth Gran Fury

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1989 Chevrolet Caprice

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1991 Chevrolet Caprice

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1991 Chevrolet Caprice (new livery)

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1997 Ford Crown Victoria

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2008 Dodge Charger

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Jude Butler

#corrections (no pun intended)

There was no such thing as a '78 Satellite. Photo #14 is a 1974 Plymouth Satellite.

The B-body was facelifted for 1975 and Plymouth's version was renamed "Fury" until it was canned after the '78 model year. See photo #13 for the '78 Fury.

Also, Matador cop cars are cool. Even the terribly ugly '74s.