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American icon in a foreign land: Japan’s police-spec Tochigi Mustang Mach 1


#1

With 10 million Ford Mustangs on the road, you’d expect to find them everywhere, but perhaps not here in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Tochigi is a couple of hours north of Tokyo, and its driver licensing center is a plain, officious-looking building. No one speaks English here; foreigners applying for a license must bring an interpreter if they do not speak Japanese. And yet, tucked in a mouldering display between the two buildings is something that needs no translation: a 1971 Mustang Mach 1, wearing the full uniform of the Tochigi high-speed pursuit division.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/12/06/japanese-police-mustang-mach-1

#2

What’s with the '59 Impala ragtop next to the Mustang?


#3

Chevy is a 60 or 61. Fins to small for a 59.


#4

That is a 1960 Impala. Also a Japanese police car.


#5

The Chevy is a 1960.


#6

I was stationed in Misawa Japan in the Air Force during this time. I checked at the local dealer how much a new base Mach I would cost, $15+ thousand. 5 times my father’s dealership price at that time in Nebraska. Wasn’t fair trade then and still not now.


#7

429 was not available in 72 or 73 Mustang…


#8

As stipulated in the article, the Impala was a “parade” car. What’s most interesting is that the Mustang is LEFT HAND drive. Japan is a RIGHT HAND drive country - i.e. like England and the other “Commonwealth” countries, they drive on the left. Was Ford expecting the buyers would re-import the cars back to the US?