Elwood’s got a point about the greatness of cruisers. And though the Bluesmobile was, technically, a 1974 Dodge Monaco, the latter-day, classic cop car—the Ford Crown Victoria—is listed in Kiplinger’s Top 10 Cars that Refuse to Die. As noted, if these rear-wheel drive numbers could handle police pursuit and taxi duty, even a civilan-model Miss Vicky could handle you.
Alas, they stopped offering the CVPI (Crown Victoria Police Interceptor) for anything but fleet purchases in 2008. Then, as of April, 2011, even police departments were being redirected to buy Tauruses.
We mourn the end of an era, because, until the new cop-rods come with turbo mode and gun turrets, they’re not quite measuring up in municipal bad-assery (or cupholders).