Rare 1949 Washington State Patrol car discovered
SEATTLE -- Washington State Patrol troopers affectionately called it the “Shoebox” for its compact profile. Now, the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is restoring a 1949 Ford sedan to its original grandeur. It was kept covered in a garage in Westport for decades before being donated to the museum. The unique black-and-white paint scheme was only used by the State Patrol for two years. Back then, police didn’t even have lights on their roofs, just a 7-foot whip antenna for the radio.
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