Seibu Keisatsu (The Western Police) for English visitor
Thank you very much for always visiting my site.
I realized many international Datsun owners are interested in Seibu Keisatsu that I shared the movie before. Today I would like to try introducing about Seibu Keisatsu for English visitors.
Seibu Keisatsu was a police action TV show that was produced by Ishihara Production between 1979 to 1984. Through all the history of Seibu Keisatsu, it was officially sponsored by Nissan so you can see many old Datsun cars like 230 Cedrics or Skylines in this TV. Sometimes they appeared as police cars, sometimes as a getaway car of criminal..( and if it’s a 230 Cedric, they will be destroyed or blown up in 15 minutes.)
The star of the show was sergeant Daimon. He always carried Remington shot gun and not hesitate to shoot down every criminals like Dirty Harry.
One day, he got a new weapon…Skyline Machine-X. It was modified from C210 Skyline Japan 2000GT Turbo and was having a computer inside, maximum speed was 240km/h with tuned up turbo engine. This car gained great popularity in Japan instantly so Seibu Keisatsu greatly contributed to the sales of Nissan motors. After that, Nissan thrown out other special machines for Seibu Keisatsu as a police interceptor. All of them were based on Nissan’s brand-new-cars at that time.
A Super-Z was based on S130Z Turbo. It had a gull-wing door and grenade gun on the bonnet.
The Safari was support vehicle of special force and was having a water cannon.
In response to launching of New R30 Skyline, Nissan also introduced Machine RS as a replacement of Machine-X. This car had a afterburner system for high speed pursuit and maximum speed was a 265km/h. (Of course it was a imaginary situation in the TV.. I know that their engine was not modified.)
Anyway, Seibu Keisatsu had a big influence on Japanese car hobbyist. Even today, many Datsun fans are trying to make a replica of them. If you see a picture of Japanese old car event, I believe you’ll see many cars with “Enkei Slotted Mag Wheels”. The slotted mag was actually ’70s style, but it was also popular as “Seibu Keisatsu’s style” with Cedric or Gloria! because the biggest mag wheel manufacture “Eneki” sponsored this TV program too. (Thus in this program, even though police cars were using slotted mag wheels :-D)
Unfortunately I couldn’t find the best way to buy the video or DVD of this program from foreign countries because Ishihara Production have never released it internationally. If you have a chance to visit Japan, please let me know. I would like to have a private film premiere in our garage for you!
I found some great picture pages of Seibu Keisatsu cars. Please enjoy!
Dandy Arata’s Seibu Keisatsu Page
JETSUN’s Seibu Keisatsu Captures
Also JETSUN organized Seibu Keisatsu meeting in 1999. Many Seibu Keisatsu fans got together in Yokohama.
Ishihara Production official page