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Robert Hoy’s Panda

Robert Hoy’s Panda

Robert Hoy recounts how he purchased his Morris Minor police car…

“When I joined the Morris Minor Owners’ Club, I had a 1956 Minor. Then I bought a nice convertible but I always wanted a police car so when Valerie and I were on holiday in Scotland we saw in a newspaper 1970 police panda car for sale.  So as we were on the bus I rang the boy who owned it he told me he was in Devon.

When we came home I arranged the flight to go and see it.  When I saw the car I liked it so we paid the money and headed for the boat at Birkenhead.  The panda car had a full bare metal respray and a full restoration.  I couldn’t wait ’til I got it home .

Once I got home I got to work on it. I put the police top box on and bolted it to the roof, the zip was in the head cloth to let the wires through. Next thing was to get a set of two tone horns and get them blasting!

The panda car is an ex-Metropolitan police car which also had a Pye radio fitted. I also put the police signs on both doors. Also, when I bought the police car, the boy who owned it gave me a load of Metropolitan police gear with it which I display on the back seat.

Every time Val and I go out in it heads turn and even when cars pass they take photos off it. We are well pleased with our wee police car”.

Keep a look out for Robert and his Panda at this year’s events.

One Comment

  1. Seen this lovely car lots of times at shows and on the road, beautiful car and turns more heads than a Ferrari!!

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