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Mike Stevens | Jul 27, 2012

The NSW Police Force is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, with a full calendar of public events to spread the community spirit.

A new short film has been released this week as part of the celebrations, sharing the tale of Bob Cawley's ex-police Falcon 500.

Entering service in 1971, Bob's 500 is powered by Ford's 351 Cleveland engine, producing around 220kW and 515Nm of torque.

In near pristine condition, Bob picked his 500 up at auction when it was still a current model, and he reckons he's done little more than maintain it in the years since.

"I've put quite a few genuine Ford accessories on it. There's been very little done to it; the engine's never had the heads off it, and nothing's been done other than servicing to the transmission," Bob says.

"The paintwork is original, and I originally bought it thinking that I'd keep it for 10 years, and... here it is. Still got it."

Bob notes that the cops did make a few tweaks of their own: "The police used to take the air cleaner cover off and put it on upside down, so it'd suck the air in better - in fact, that's how it was when I purchased it."

"It's still got plenty of get-up-and-go in it. You can take off at the traffic lights and be at the next set before someone's got across the previous intersection - if it's a short block!"

Watch Bob's story below, and check out the celebration events happening this year: click here.

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