The German police had adopted a system in 1956 of using Porsche patrol cars to follow and stop drivers traveling at a dangerous speed. It was a simple solution that worked. The Dutch decided to give it a go.
The selection process for the SAS was quite rigorous. Members had to be very fit, have excellent driving skills, be at least 25 years old and be married, presumably to keep them from taking the unnecessary risks that young, tough guys in dangerous professions like to take.
It wasn’t until about four decades later that the Dutch police contacted the unsuspecting owners of what seemed to be a bog standard 356B to verify that it was indeed one of their old police cars. It was then restored over the next six or seven years, the hardest part being the tracking down of all that original police equipment, including the blue light,
‘STOP’ sign, radio telephone, radio antenna, Pye amplifier, dual internal rear view mirrors, control buttons, ammeter, rear-mounted speaker and Rijkspolitie clothing including helmets. The engine, meanwhile, was replaced with a 1964-spec 95-horsepower 1600 dating.