In 1961, the California Highway Patrol ordered about 1,200 1961 Dodge Polaras for law enforcement use. This was an interesting move as Dodge’s go-to police car was the Dart, but after finding the Dart a bit too compact for their tastes, the CHP insisted Dodge do up a Polara for law enforcement use.
On the most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Automobile Club of Southern California brings their CHP 1961 Dodge Polara to Jay’s collection. The car is believed to be one of only 2 that have been restored to CHP-spec and considering the club went out of their way to ensure the accuracy of this build, this is probably the better example.
Usually Jay takes the cars featured on his show through the twisty Californian roads that exist just outside of Los Angeles, but that’s not the environment the CHP Polara is comfortable in. The big cruiser just begs to be riven on the American freeway – so that’s exactly what Jay does.
Check it out in the video above.