Cox Adam-12 Patrol Car (1975)

By | Oct 27, 2017

If you were watching TV in the 70’s, then chances are that officer Reed and Malloy visited your living room on occasion.

Cox payed homage to the venerable men in blue (black?) with their offering of the .049 powered Adam-12 patrol car. Ironically, the model was produced in the year the TV show went off the air after a 7 year run (1968-1975).

Unique to the Cox Adam-12 model was the “Programmed Steering” feature, which used rotating disk with cams to activate the steering while running. This is similar to the Mattel Superstar Sky Show Airplane and Car. Oooooh, a “Mystery Cam”!

The mechanism for the cam steering can be seen above. The disk was placed on the rotating white “turntable” in the center of the chassis. The turntable was driven off of the .049 power plant via a shaft and worm drive system. This car uses the twist knob for starting instead of the earlier pull start.

Need a manual? Download the complete manual here (PDF Version, 10.8mb)


Cox Adam 12 Patrol Car Manual copy

Cox Adam 12 Patrol Car Manual copy
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Originally posted 2014-01-31 11:48:19.

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10 Comments so far
  1. Felicia M. Owens October 20, 2010 5:32 pm

    I like to purchase the Adam-12 partrol car.

  2. rcgrabbag October 20, 2010 10:17 pm

    Sorry, it’s not for sale.

  3. peter October 21, 2010 8:40 am

    can i buy a copy of the manual

    i have a action van mint with no manual so i need it to bee original (the manuals ere only diverent from the picturers

  4. rcgrabbag October 22, 2010 3:31 pm

    If i can scan it I’ll email it to you no charge. I have to bug my cox collector buddy and see if he has one.

  5. peter October 22, 2010 6:20 pm

    that would be soo cool thank you

    pleas mail me *******

  6. rcgrabbag January 9, 2011 10:56 pm

    Peter, finally got the Adam 12 manual scanned. Download from I also included a link in the original post above.

  7. John February 25, 2011 4:53 pm

    I need a manual also. Any chance of getting one. The above link does not work. Thanks

  8. rcgrabbag February 25, 2011 5:22 pm

    The link works fine for me.

  9. dan April 13, 2013 5:09 pm

    hi I have a adam 12 gas car that does figure 8s ..looking to sell any offers

  10. gib johnson November 22, 2014 10:05 pm

    Would you like to trade Cox Police Car for a Cox Sea Bee, excellent condition w/box?

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