Minor Memories

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.

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