|Before photos courtesy Eric Kurz|
|The car is a police package 1983 Malibu
used originally by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Eric was originally a resident of Pennsylvania and the PSP cars hold a special place in his heart. The car was discovered in a wrecking yard in upstate NY about 2 years ago and had never been repainted from the original PSP color scheme of the time after being sold at auction.
Once he was told about the cars existence, Eric flew out to NY, headed out to the yard, and ended up buying and subsequently transporting it cross country to the Bay Area.
|As you will see in the first pictures,
this car was a complete mess. The interior and floorboards were as you might figure
considering the exterior condition of the car and the fact that the car had been off of the
road since 1991. This was easily verified as the car had an inspection sticker on the
windshield that expired in 1991. Many would have passed on any thoughts of restoring this car
for a number of reasons, but I like to believe that we tend to think What
. instead of Why should I.
The restoration was delayed significantly when Eric was involved in an on duty collision that put him out of commission for an extended period of time. We are grateful that he is nearly fully recovered now. The exterior is mostly complete, the floorboards completely restored, and the interior ready for completion. A rebuilt engine is going in shortly. Soon the Malibu will be adorned with year appropriate insignia, communications equipment, siren, and lighting.
|These are a few of the most recent pictures||after photos courtesy Rick Jacoby|
When this car is completed, there will only be a total of 5 restored Pennsylvania State Police cruisers in existence from the information I currently have (62 Chevy, 72 Fury, 83 Malibu x 2, 87 Diplomat). There are 4 here in Pennsylvania that I know about including mine and the 1972 Fury restored by the Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Educational & Memorial Center. The 62 is owned by a gentleman on the east side of the Commonwealth. The other Malibu was owned by a friend who is in the employ of the Maryland State Police and was purchased by a Pennsylvania State Trooper. Erics is the only one I am aware of outside of the Commonwealth.
This is what the car will look like when complete ..
Great job, Eric, and I hope this inspires some to get hot on their restoration projects. Im looking forward to seeing it in person during our trip to the Bay Area.
Many thanks to Eric Kurz for his update of what has started to be a magnificent restoration.
|Article by Wes Notovitz "Police Car Collecting"|
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