NYPD Chevrolet Corvette

     
 
New York  City Police Department Corvette custom
NYPD Corvette side detail NYPD Corvette interior

 

On the outside, this car looks nearly stock. The side pipes, air dam, and spoiler might be a bit odd for a police car, but not too uncommon for a Corvette. The Corvette's interior was upgraded with standard Police equipment like an onboard computer (replacing the glove box) and a fire extinguisher. The underside, however, is a bit of a different story: the trailing arm rear suspension was totally replaced with fully independent A arms, the fuel tank was moved forward, and aerodynamic panels were added to reduce drag.

I built this model as if I was building a 1:1 project car. Since the focus of an NYPD car is city driving, raw V8 power and straight-line performance are not as crucial as quick start-and-stops and cornering ability. With that thought in mind, I tried to make the car as nimble as possible with things like steering-responsive rear wheels and a better balance between the front and rear axles.

To finish the car, I used Testors Gloss Light Blue over Flat White, and decals from Chimneyville Hobby. The light bar is a modified unit from Lindberg's Crown Victoria.

 

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