Model: 1975 Ford F-100 California Highway Patrol
Line: Single release, hobby exclusive line
Where to get it: buy the hobby exclusive CHP F-100 on eBay
Why it’s in my collection: Like many of you growing up, I watched CHiP’s reruns as often as they came on TV. Jon and Ponch would blast down the freeway in their California Highway Patrol Kawasakis, usually followed by a few Dodge Monacos in order to haul the perp’ off to jail. Most episodes featured a fleet of various CHP cars, quickly igniting my love for the west coast black-and-whites from an early age. Over the years we’ve gotten different CHP cars from various manufactures, such as Johnny Lightning, but never a full line of CHiP’s era cars until Greenlight showed up.
Enter GL’s 1975 F-100 CHP truck
Greenlight has become the undisputed KING of police cars. Their Hot Pursuit line has given us over 200 different police cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans, and shows no signs of stopping. While there are some real stunners in the line, such as the series 1 Alabama State Police Javelin, and the Florida Highway Patrol ’80 Firebird, the CHP cars are my personal favorite. What I also like about the GL Hot Pursuit cars are that they produce various cars from the same agency – which has given us a fleet of amazing 70’s CHP cars, like the F-100.
While the Chrysler B and C bodies are by far my favorite patrol cars, the F-100 is a damn stunner. Seriously. This truck looks so good in black and white.
There’s something about the black and white, topped with the red and blue Aerodynic Twin Sonic lightbar, that is just the perfect color combination. The gold HIGHWAY PATROL lettering on the doors and tailgate are spectacular, and the silver trim around the windows and tailgate are equally nice. The truck just oozes quality.
Another good thing about the Greenlight brand is that they are diversified – they have excellent accessories, including road barrels and traffic barricades, and the centerpiece of the CHP line, the Mechanic’s Corner CHP Central Command Station. Photo blast incoming!
Greenlight did an initial run of the CHP F-100, and they were so popular they will be doing a second round of them. So if you like CHP cars as much as I do, I highly suggest snatching up a few of the F-100s before the price skyrockets like some of the other CHP cars have — and they look hella good opened too…so free those babies 🏁