Laying Down the Law: Rare 1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS B4C Police Car

  • February 09, 2021
The Rundown
  • High-Specification ‘B4C’ Special Service Police Package
  • Known History & Use From New; 73k Stated Miles
  • Includes News Clippings From 1991
  • Title Still in the Name of Boones Mill, VA
  • 245 HP, 5.7L TPI V8 w/ 4-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Complete w/ Window Sticker & Original Bill of Sale
Why We Like It

Following the early-1970s demise of high-performance engines, Police departments still benefited from the continued availability of heavy-duty law enforcement option packages, but officers were usually outgunned by drivers of modified cars in high-speed pursuits. By the 1980s, a whole new era of American high-performance cars became available, thanks to new technologies allowing more performance to be extracted from smaller-displacement engines. Modified versions of Ford’s Mustang GT and Chevrolet’s Camaro were soon developed to help police officers even the odds, and these cars were very popular throughout North America, in much the same tradition as police departments in Europe who used Porsches, Jaguars, and MGs for decades. Heck, even Italy’s Squadra Mobile high-speed task force used Ferrari 250 models! Anyway, back to our story. Chevrolet enjoyed particular success with its 3rd Generation Camaro by developing the B4C Special Service Police Package offered from 1991 through the end of 4th-Gen Camaro production in 2002.

laying-down-the-law-rare-1991-chevrolet-camaro-rs-b4c-police-car00M0M ipLlm3UCA9kz 0CI0t2 1200x900Featuring heavier-duty equipment than “regular” Camaros and several police-specific features, the B4C cars were not badged “Z/28”, but officially designated a somewhat lower-key ‘RS’. They include oversized front and rear sway bars, a high-output alternator powering police lights and radios, HD brakes, separate coolers for the engine, power steering and transmission, and a certified 145-mph speedometer. Purchased new by the Boones Mill, Virginia P.D., this original 1991 B4C Camaro RS is stated by the seller to be running great with 73k miles of use, and the VA title is still in the name of the Town of Boones Mill. Built with Chevy’s hot 234hp, 5.7L TPI V8 engine matched to a 4-speed automatic transmission, it comes with the original window sticker and bill of sale from the local Chevrolet dealer, plus the owner’s manual.

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In April 1991, the B4C Camaro was photographed pretending to pull over Michael Waltrip’s #30 NASCAR racer when the team was en route to the Martinsville VA raceway and the Camaro was running radar. According to the seller, a Hollywood production company once tried to purchase the car to appear in a "Smokey and the Bandit" themed movie, but town council voted against it since the car would face destruction in a final pursuit sequence. That would’ve been a shame! We expect it to have been properly maintained while in service, and the seller states they have religiously had the oil/filter changed using Castrol full synthetic oil ever since.

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Valuation Verdict

Placing a value on this ex-police car is not easy, but the closest comparable in Hagerty’s price guides is the relatively rare 245hp, fuel-injected 5.7L Camaro Z/28 Coupe. Those cars range from $12,600 for a Good #3, all the way up to $26,600 for an as-new #1. Our subject B4C car carries even better performance equipment than the renowned Z/28 and it looks great, notwithstanding its 73k miles of use. It seems to be priced at #2 money and with its known history from new and the Town of Boones Mill still on the title, this B4C cruiser is a fascinating find that should be in high demand for aficionados of special service vehicles. We’re flagging this one fair market.

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