Top bid brings rare vehicle back home

The restored police car
The restored police car

Following a winning bid in Birmingham last weekend, Grampian Transport Museum has announced a new addition to its extensive collection.

A former Grampian Police Rover SD1 Vitesse, which is due to feature on the Channel 4 series ‘For the Love of Cars’, is set to return to the North East after being bought at auction on Saturday January 10.

The vehicle – registration C356 YST - was commissioned by the force in 1985 and used to check for speeders on the then new Stonehaven bypass.

Thanks to its 190bhp 3.5litre V8 it proved to be more than capable of catching the many high performance vehicles which the relatively new oil industry had brought to the region – typically the Audi 100s and Quattros which were popular around Aberdeen at the time.

Museum curator Mike Ward is delighted to be able to bring the vehicle back to Aberdeenshire. He said: “It’s sure to be a fantastic addition to our collection and we’ll also make sure it’s put to good use at our very popular Emergency Vehicle Rides session in April.”