One sight in particular that will catch your eye as you walk into the Commercial Building at the Western Montana Fair is the replica of an old police car that the Missoula County Deputy Sheriff's Association restored.
The 1946 two-door Ford coupe is an example of what older police vehicles looked like and how patrol vehicles have evolved.
“They bought the car and went out and restored it, and we use it for parades and events,” Sheriff's Lt. Scott Newell said Tuesday.
Newell noticed that many things that modern patrol cars depend on are missing from the replica. For example, there is no computer.
“It was never an old cop car,” Newell said of the replica.
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Volunteers found the same model Ford as was used for patrol cars in that era and repainted it. The radio plays music instead of police communications.
Deputies have driven replica from fair to fair and in occasional parades. It will be at the Missoula County Fairgrounds through Sunday.
“It’s nicely restored, and it looks like a fun one to drive,” said Rolf Tandberg, who was visiting the fairgrounds.
The patrol car replica greets visitors at the entrance to the Commercial Building.