Driving the Jam Sandwich

‘Jam sandwiches’ were the nickname for fast police cars back in the 70s. Cars like the Rover 3500 were painted white with a red stripe down the side.

A 'jam sandwich' out on the streets in 1979

A ‘jam sandwich’ out on the streets in 1979

However these sandwiches could move.  With a V8 engine they could achieve speeds of around 125 miles an hour and could easily out pace most other vehicles on the road. In fact in the early days the only way an officer could detect a vehicle’s speed was to run alongside it and then read their own speedometer.

It’s hard to imagine it these days, but back in the 70s high performance cars were only driven by the very rich, royalty or police officers. Hence the attraction of the job for many a small boy.

A 'jam sandwich' out on the streets in 1979

A ‘jam sandwich’ out on the streets in 1979

They captured the imagination of scriptwriters as well, featuring in shows such as The Sweeney and Minder.

We have been lucky enough to find some old footage of one of our very own Rover 3500’s being taken for a test spin. The footage was silent but reminded us of another great TV programme from the 70s – Top Gear.

So we have taken the liberty of imagining just what Top Gear might have had to say about our ‘jam sandwich’ – we hope it puts a smile on your face.