Czech Police Converts Seized Ferrari F 142-458 Italia Into Patrol Vehicle

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Ever wondered what happens to the seized vehicles of criminals? In the Philippines, they once used to destroy them by sending a bulldozer over them. In the Czech Republic, most of the 900 vehicles confiscated in 2021 were sold and the proceeds go to covering damages caused by the said criminal (a better idea); hundreds were transformed into police vehicles and one of them was a 2011 Ferrari F 142-458 Italia.

Now, the Czech national police force can not only boast of a Ferrari in their fleet, better yet it cost them nothing to obtain the vehicle. According to a spokeperson, it is not the most expensive nor rarest vehicle that they have taken into possession.


What it is, though, is suited for the variety of task that the police needs it to carry out, from patrolling highways to chasing vehicles or shutting down illegal street races—the kind of tasks that only a high-performance vehicle can carry out successfully while regular Czech police cars, such as the Skoda Octavia sedans, would be left in the criminal’s dust.

The Ferrari had only 1,200 miles on it. The Washington Post reported that a similar model is selling for $275,000 somewhere in California. Replacing the original red paint with the police’s official livery and refitting it with standard equipment, such as a camera, radio and speedometer, only cost them 340,000 Czech koruna (US$14,000), which is cheaper than what they would usually spend on a new vehicle for the police fleet.

Police forces around the world have introduced high-performance and some very fast cars into their fleet. The Dubai Police, for instance, are famous for having, amongst others, a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador and an Aston Martin Vantage with a custom “77” license plate as a nod to the James Bond.

Apparently, the Czech police did also test out an i8 electric car that was on loan from BMW, but it crashed less than a month later when the officer behind the wheel suffered a medical emergency.

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