“On The Andy Griffith Show you meet some of the funniest, down-to-earth folks you ever knew. In color”.
This tagline is from 6th season of the highly-successful, multi-awarded family TV program of the 60s entitled, “The Andy Griffith Show”. Having a successful run for almost a decade, the show probably owes its success not just to the funny characters of Sheriff Andy, Deputy Barney, and Aunt Bee, but also in part to the coolest collection of classic Ford Sedans and other vintage cars that you may have seen in a TV Program. Let’s take a look at the some of the coolest cars that you can meet only on the Andy Griffith Show.
The Mayberry Squad Car
With virtually no crime to solve, the Squad Car was Mayberry’s only police car used by Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney either during their regular patrols, or for their personal business. In partnership with Ford Motors, the cars were supplied free of charge by a nearby Ford dealer, and whenever the next year’s model came out, it was sent to the studio and the old one was returned to the dealer who re-painted it and sold it as a used car. The photos below show the actual Squad Cars used starting with Season 1.
1960 Ford Fairlane (season 1)
1961 Ford Fairlane (season 2)
1962 Ford Galaxie (season 3)
1963 Ford Galaxie (season 4)
1964 Ford Galaxie (season 5)
1965 Ford Custom 54E (season 6)
1966 Ford Custom (Season 7)
1967 Ford Custom (Season 8)
Other Cars Featured In The Show
1954 Ford Customline
Barney’s 1958 Edsel Pacer
Aunt Bee’s 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible
Goober’s 1960 Rambler American
Tucker’s 1963 Lincoln Continental
The Governor’s 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine
1967 Lincoln Continental Executive Limousine
Freedy Fleet’s 1948 Cadillac Airport Limousine
1933 Ford V-8
Briscoe’s 1929 Ford Model AA
McBeevee’s 1957 Ford F-Series Pickup
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
The Doctor’s 1955 Jaguar XK 140
Jim’s Mercedes-Benz 190SL
1965 Excalibur Series 1
1961 Ford Falcon
You might be interested to check out this video from the 1986 TV movie “Return to Mayberry”. This was a ‘kind’ of a reunion bringing back most of the characters from the Andy Griffith Show, and the Mayberry Squad Car at the time was a 1981 Chevy Malibu. It was a noticeable departure from the larger Fords that the town have gotten used to, but needless to say, it seemed to serve the town and its citizens very well.