Attleboro restoring replica of police cruiser
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — It’s not exactly a trip back in time to orange shag carpeting and leisure suits, but the Attleboro Police Department is bringing back a bit of that era by recreating a 1975 city police cruiser.
Police Chief Kyle Heagney said a team of volunteers, led by Patrolman Ronald Goyette, is restoring a 1975 Dodge Coronet into a replica of a vintage Attleboro cruiser.
The vintage car, which is being funded from drug forfeiture proceeds, will be used in parades and exhibits where the police department is expected to put its best foot forward.
“We thought it would be great to have something out of our past to represent us,” Heagney said.
Goyette headed up a search to find a suitable vehicle, and the car was purchased from a local private seller.
Heagney said he expects the restoration will be finished in time to enter the car in the city’s 100th anniversary parade this month.
The project was a natural for Goyette.
Before joining the police force, he was an automotive shop teacher at Attleboro High School.
“You could say it was right up my alley,” Goyette said
He said the idea of creating an antique police cruiser caught his imagination. After a lengthy search on eBay and Craigslist, Goyette said he found the car for sale in North Attleboro.
“Mechanically, it was in great condition for its age,” he said.
The car is now being lovingly restored at Chaz’s Auto Body in South Attleboro.
Restoration expert Greg McGovern of Better Automotive is also lending his experience to the project.
When finished, the cruiser will bear the light blue and white colors the Attleboro Police Department used at the time, and will be authentic down to the blue and red “bubble gum” light on the roof.