Michigan State Police are launching a fleet of black and gold police cars to fight crime and mark their 100th anniversary.

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Fifty 2016 Dodge Chargers, painted to resemble the Michigan State Police's iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car will hit the streets on January 11.

These black patrol cars with their distinctive gold striping and 100th Anniversary door shield are a throwback to our past and one of the ways in which we are ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Service’ this year.

-Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police

The 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car was one of the department’s first patrol cars and had a unique siren that ran off of the fan belt and a radio that was ‘receive only.’ MSP cars were painted black and gold until 1954 when they were changed to the standard blue that we recognize today.

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