Imagine the year is 1985, the location is Würzburg, Bavaria, and you’re enjoying your newly delivered E28 BMW M5. Shifting the manual gearbox into third, you revel in the sound of the inline-six when suddenly, flashing blue lights appear in the rearview mirror. However, this is Germany, not Hazzard County, and eluding the law is strictly forbidden. It takes quite a while for the police to catch up.
The latest feature on Bring a Trailer, a platform under Hearst Autos like Car and Driver, showcases a 1979 Volkswagen Beetle police car available for auction until Thursday, December 14. Yes, you read that correctly—a 45-hp Beetle donning a police officer’s uniform. Criminals in the Teutonic underworld, be warned.
This polizei-kaefer joined active duty in 1978, serving as an authentic cop car until 1986. By that time, it likely became the vehicle of choice for officers dealing with major investigations or, perhaps, those who accidentally ran over the police commissioner’s dog.
Being a genuine police service unit, it comes equipped with all the expected accessories. A flashing blue light, the distinctive two-tone European police siren, and a PA system imploring, “Pull over! Please! Wait up!” adorn the car. Additionally, it features a period-correct Telefunken police radio.
After spending many years in storage, comedian Jerry Seinfeld discovered and imported the car into the U.S. It even made appearances on his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee show, Jay Leno’s Garage, and Spike Feresten’s Car Matchmaker.