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This week’s #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram features a “sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine” from 1963, when Lebanon police debuted a West Lebanon patrol position.

A new patrol car for West Lebanon, N.H., a division of the Lebanon Police Department, was made official on April 17, 1963, when Police Chief Clarence Wright, at right, presented the car keys to West Lebanon patrolman Merle Eaton, center. On hand to view the sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine, was Lebanon City Manager Roland Dubay. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Compare that against these cruisers:

… or this truck: